Hip Hop Culture And Culture

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Hip Hop became really popular in the mid to late nineteen hundreds and still is very popular to this day. Hip Hop has developed an art that reflects culture as well as express social, political and economic situations in many peoples lives, especially the youth. Music started off with drumming. Through drumming, communities were able to communicate, and the use of drums was also utilized in ceremonies and rituals in African American lives. Drumming was the base of African music in the Diaspora. After drumming, many other music styles started developing throughout Africa and then expanding around the world. Hip Hop is a music style from African American descent that has broadened universally over the years and brought many new customs into society …show more content…
Kool Herc influenced many, Hip Hop pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa and others started DJing in the streets and homes of the Bronx. According to Bambaataa and other Hip Hop fans, in the book Introduction: Hip Hop in History: Past, Present, and Future, “Hip Hop culture consists of four important elements: Disc Jockeying (DJing), break dancing, graffiti art, and rapping” (Alridge and Stewart, 190). Hip Hop started emerging in Bronx, New York around the nineteen seventies, not only has it become a musical creation but it also has affected the way people dress, their language, and their view of the world around them. It has influenced the younger population the most. Hip Hop began with communities listening to this genre to celebrate and have fun, but also to express unhappiness and protest about many problems, including discrimination, freedom, civil rights, as well as any political, social, and economic …show more content…
Tupac and Biggie Smalls are famous artists who had best-selling Hip Hop albums that many people enjoyed. When both these rap artists were shot and killed, this caused thousands of their CD’s to be sold. Mixture of styles start developing as well. This is when sampling became known to many Hip Hop artists. Sampling is the cutting of music, voice, or beats from one source to make a new version of the music. According to Michael Eric Dyson, James Brown and George Clinton are the most sampled men in rap and “the primal progenitors of the beats and rhythms in hip-hop music” (410). Sampling is one of the primary factors in Hip Hop music but it is not the only factor. Other instruments are used as well in various Hip Hop songs. Black pride was and still is an important part of this generations identity. Hip Hop has embraced many aspects of Blackness and brought people of all different nationalities together. Hip Hop popularized the African American movement , bringing traditional hairstyles, like braids and dreadlocks, and bringing even more elements to Hip Hop music than the main four elements Hip Hop began with (graffiti, break dancing, dj-ing, rap music). Individuals changed their way of dressing, the way they talk, their body language, and attitudes as a result of Hip Hop

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