A cross-genre of Audio & Video. A style of music & video in which a microphone must be used to create effects in the song or video. Hip-Hop, Step, Break Beat, DJing, VJing, Video Art & Visual Art. Based & originated from the common mic check 1, 2, 3 i.e. "Check it 1 - 2 - 3", which later moved into early rap samples. The microphone can be used for anything except traditional singing. Check it! uses voice manipulation, feedback, beatboxing, voice sampling, instrument recording(meaning the instrument is not hardwired yet captured via the microphone).
A song in production records a sitar, a crunked up laugh, a guitar, breathing, a beat box sample, voice manipulation like eeeeuuuuuuwwwahhh eeesch, through a microphone. "Check it! Yo! We make Diesel out of home grown"
A dj uses a mic w/ effects to add texture over the mix.
A vj uses the audio from a mic to add visual effects through visualization software like G-force Goom and MilkDrop.