Hip – Hop and You Don’t Stop

Hip Hop and You Don't Stop !

Hip Hop, a cultural movement, gained widespread popularity in the 1980s and 90s. This musical style incorporates rhythmic and or rhyming speech otherwise known as rapping dj’ing or turntabling, graffiti painting, and B-boying which encompasses hip-hop dance, style and attitude. Hip hop originated in the African American community, specifically in the city of New York in the 1970s. Hip hop takes on a different and distinct style in each major city, giving it a level of diversity unseen in other genres. Hip hop music did not officially get recorded for the radio or television until 1979, which was largely due to poverty during its birth and it not being accepted outside of urban neighborhoods. Hip hops evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum machines became widely available and affordable. Notable artist at the start of hip hop include Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Fab Five Freddy, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow and more. New School hip hop was the second wave of artists including, RUN-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. The Golden- Age of hip hop included an innovative period from the mid 1980s to through the early 1990s. Notable artist from this era include, Public Enemy, KRS-1, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and more. Gangsta Rap is a subgenre of hip hop music that often focused on the violent, and impoverished lifestyle conditions of rappers. There also exist West and East Coast hip hop styles, Southern rap and Atlanta Rap. 

Hip hop culture, style and music has experience massive expansion and growth and now exist all over the world. Its influence has been the inspiration for many sub-genres including alternative hip hop, trap music, and hip hop and R&B collaborations. It has been reinvented and embraced everywhere, from Latinos, Asians and Caribbeans. 

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