Published on August 1st, 2020 | by Lydia Brooks0
Everything about the history of hip hop (Part 1)
Hip-hop is a cultural movement that gained widespread popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Up to this point its popularity covers the entertainment world.
What is hip hop?
Hip hop, is a cultural and artistic movement that developed in the Bronx, New York City in the late 1970s. The word “hip” is part of the African American English Vernacular word 1904. It means “present”. It is a steering part of the word “help”. The South Bronx community leader, who is Afrika Bambaataa, used the term hip-hop for the first time.
While some were influential in the creation of hip-hop, most votes went to Kool Herc (Clive Campbell), a Jamaican immigrant who was the first to shake hands with the disc-jockey hip-hop. At a Bronx party on August 11, 1973, he introduced the technique of playing the same album on two turntables and extending the drum (known as breakbeat). Many people liked and felt that night was the birth of hip-hop. Other avant-garde hip-hop deejays include Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.
What was the first hip hop song?
Although not the first hip-hop song, “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang (1979) is considered the first major single of the genre Hip hop. Within a few weeks of its release, it became a chart-topping phenomenon and a naming scheme for a new genre of pop music. Part of the appeal was due to the gentle lyrics, which were atypical of most rap songs at the time.
The history of hip-hop
Despite of considering a synonym for rap music, the term hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprised of four elements:
– Breakdance (it includes dance, hip-hop style and attitude, along with intense body language that the philosopher Cornel West describes as “postural semantics”)
– graffiti (also known as “graf” or “writing”)
– Djing and MCing (the perfect combination of turntabling, rapping, and MCing or rhyming)
– Raping (knowledge of self / consciousness, Sometimes added to the list of hip-hop elements, especially socially conscious hip-hop artists and scholars).