Drop The Mic: Hip Hop

What is Hip Hop?

Hip-hop, cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and ’90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement’s most lasting and influential art form. Hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements: deejaying, or “turntabling”; rapping, also known as “MCing” or “rhyming”; graffiti painting, also known as “graf” or “writing”; and “B-boying,” which encompasses hip-hop dance, style, and attitude, along with the sort of virile body language that philosopher Cornel West described as “postural semantics.” (A fifth element, “knowledge of self consciousness,” is sometimes added to the list of hip-hop elements, particularly by socially conscious hip-hop artists and scholars.) Hip-hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s. As the hip-hop movement began at society’s margins, its origins are shrouded in myth, enigma, and obfuscation

Old School Hip Hop

Old school hip-hop is said to have ended around 1984 due to changes in both rapping technique and the accompanying music and rhythms. Old school hip-hop is noted for its relatively simple rapping techniques compared to later hip-hop music. Artists such as Melle Mel would use relatively few syllables per bar of music, with relatively simple rhythms. 

Hip Hop Today

Hip Hop today is created from amazing tracks made by engineers flawless skills on the turn tables and drum machines. Today’s hip hop definitely has its own sound and has evolved the genre. I believe that since hip hop is such a popular genre it will never phase out of existence. 

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Lauryn Sanders

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