Hip-Hop's Influence On American Culture

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Twerk, Bling, Phat, Dope, these are all words found in the Oxford Dictionary. These words also stem from hip-hop. For decades, hip-hop has been influencing American culture, with “Rapper 's Delight” in the 80 's, Gangster Rap in the 90 's, to the mainstream Rap of today. Created in the 70’s, hip-hop is a culture that is most associated with music, but also encompasses, art, dancing and fashion. The history of hip hop started in New York. In the 70’s DJ Kool Herc started to use two turntables to switch between two songs. He would speak over a syncopated beat that was great for break-dancing (Jackson, and Anderson, 2009). In those days hip-hop was more than just music it was break-dancing, beat boxing, and graffiti. On man a rapper by the name …show more content…
In 1979, Sugarhill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight” which is credited as the first mainstream hip-hop song. This songs influence is still seen today in 2011 the song was inducted into the National Library of Congress for being culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant. For many this was their first introduction to hip-hop music. Hip-hop exploded to the forefront in the 80’s when Blondie song “Rapture” became the first number 1 song in the US that featured rapping. The song mentions Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash, two prominent artists in early hip-hop. The music video features Fab Five Freddy, graffiti artist Lee Quinones, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This was the beginning of America’s fascination with …show more content…
Hip-hop has a language of its own and over the years many words began to bleed out into mainstream culture (Price, 2005). Saying that something is “fresh to def” is a way of saying that something is really cool that became popular in the 80’s. People now regularly call their houses Cribs they even had a show on MTV that allowed stars of all kinds to show viewers how they lived. What’s up is normal way to ask about someone’s day. When people first started using these words they were just mimicking the language found in hip-hop music but as time has passed they have become ingrained in our daily lexicon.
American culture is made up of a mix of different cultures. This could be seen as a both a positive and a negative. It 's good because people can take the best things from each culture and use them to become a better society. It could be negative because as people incorporate new things in their life they forget where they came from and how they came to be. This is now happening with hip-hop. Society as a whole has really benefited from the creation and integration of hip-hop in American culture. From the music we listen to, to the way we dress all the way to the way we speak hip-hop has shaped it

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