All-star talents Beyoncé and Drake’s recent releases are reigniting an old flame for Black music. After Drake released his album Honestly, Nevermind and Beyoncé announced her return with Renaissance, releasing a new single, the two have sparked conversations around the history of house music. You guessed it: Black people are at the forefront.
Black Music Month is still going strong for the month of June. Today, we want to educate the people on the growing conversation surrounding a genre of music called House. By definition, house is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a typical tempo of 115 to 130 beats per minute.
According to WavZine, Black musicians created house music. The publication cites that in 1977, club promoter Robert William brought DJ Frankie Knuckles to The Warehouse. House was a genre born in the sweatiest, strangest parts of an oppressed city to be raised and cared for by the minorities of the early ’80s.