Who Does Hip Hop Belong? Essay

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Who Does Hip-Hop belong To?
(1) The idea of hip-hop is characterized by four explicit elements, all of which represent the different aspects of the culture: Rapping, DJing, Breakdancing, and Graffiti art. Hip-hop began its climb to modern Americana as a sub-culture among the urban community of Southern-Bronx in the mid 70 's. It eventually broke out of the African-American and Puerto Rican community somewhere between the late-80 's to early-90 's and started to spread its influence around the globe from that point on. Today, it has grown to become the most listened-to genre in all of modern music and no longer belongs to one or two specific groups of people. Be the divisions originally set by either language or ethnicity at the beginning, today, hip-hop can be heard in any country and in any language from around the globe and has turned into a worldwide phenomenon that has taken the music industry by storm. In this argumentative essay, let 's break down its beginnings, key components, major influences, and explain exactly why the place and time of a culture’s origins have no connection to who has the ability to embrace it.
(2) First off, the origins of the term. The phrase “hip-hop” was first coined by rapper Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins of the hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1978 while teasing a friend who had just recently joined the US Army by scat singing and impersonating the sound of an army marching, "hip-hop, hip-hop.” It was…

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