Hip Hop refers
to the African American
music genre and the culture
which surrounded it. Its time of birth
was gradual, making
it difficult to name a specific year. Most sources agree on early
to mid 1970's.
The music its self
evolved from earlier and other
1970's black American
muisic, such as Disco, Funk
This music paired with certain Jamaican cultures led to the use of MC's talking
over the music at live shows, which would later progress into what is now known as rapping.
important elements to the culture include
grafiti, dance (b-boys) and especially Dj'ing. Early
Hip Hop music was made
by a DJ using his turntables, mixer
. The arts of cutting and mixing were used to sample parts of records
to create a whole new track.
In todays sense, Hip Hop has developed huge mainstreem success, and Gangsta Rap has become less about the music and more about comercialism, making
money and 'pimpin bitches.'
There is, however a large underground
Hip Hop following, which vows to stay
true to Hip Hop. Madlib being a prime example of a true Hip Hop artist.