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It's a culture, it's a state of mind, it's a language, it's fashion, it's a style, it's something you feel every moment of your day. Hip hop is not commercial shit, hip hop is deep, it has a meaning for each person. You don't just listen to hip hop music, you feel it, you respect it, understand it, share it.
hip hop and rap are not the same thing
by Risk4graffiti January 24, 2007
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Hip Hop is a culture centered around bettering yourself and being positive. There are 4 original elements.

Dance:
Breaking is the ONLY dance realated to hip hop despite what the media tells you. The only 2 adopted elements to the dance is popping and locking. If your not breaking, popping, or locking then your not dancing hip hop.

Music:
DJ: The hip hop art form of playing the music using records and involving scratching and extending beats. The most important element of hip hop, because with the beat there can be no emceeing or dancing.
Emcee: The art of rhyming and rapping. Make sure you understand the difference between "HIP HOP" and "GANGSTER RAP". While gangster rap is still in the catagory of hip hop because of the emcee and dj, it is not part of the hip hop culture because hip hop isn't about being a gangster.

Graffiti:
The visual art form of hip hop often using letters and characters. From tagging to murals using anything from markers to spray cans.

The meaning of hip hop has been lost over time. Its not about dressing a certain way, where your from, what nationality you are, or how much money you have. Its about being yourself, not being a mindless follower, and expressing your own creativity. Hip hop came from the ghetto, and the purpose of it was for people to better themselves. Rather than going out and shooting each other they could dance, or rap, or express themselves through art. Hip hop has been underestimated by a lot of people who don't understand it, and it has literaly saved the lives of a lot of people. Hip hop is just a word, it has been around since the beginning of time even if nobody knew what it was. A person who has never heard of the word hip hop in their life who lives positively and works hard at everything they do is living hip hop more than a person who TRYS to be hip hop, dances, paints, dj's, and emcee's, but doesn't know what it means.
Did you hear KRS One's new hip hop cd?
Hip hop changed my life
Hip hop saved my life
I went to a hip hop event where they had breakers, poppers, lockers, dj's, emcee's, and graff writers.
by Steve A. Miller September 05, 2007
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a cultural movement later bastardized by corporations to give rise to rap
hip hop has substance to it. rap doesn't
by wwwwoooooooo! August 27, 2006
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a music style created in the late seventies.what was once a cool underground movement has now mutated into corporate sexist garbage. the hip hop "artists" are more concerned about making money through image, trendy clothing styles and heavy commercialization. Not all but MOST do not care so much about making good music only to be rich and and fanous. They achieve multi platinum albums through their image and being heaviy promoted and not from musical content. hip hop is nearly dead. It has lost almost all of its aesthetics because people are doing it to be trendy. one day there will be an artist (from rock rap or even reggaeton) that will deystroy this garbage on Mtv.
My thoughts on hip hop: all killer but no filler (great sales but no musical content)
by someone that likes good music November 19, 2005
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- What is Hiphop?
Hiphop is the name of our collective consciousness. It is generally expressed through the unique elements of Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. At the Temple of Hiphop, Hiphop is practiced as an alternative behavior capable of transforming subjects and objects in an attempt to manifest our collective consciousness. Hiphop is a state of mind.

The Gospel of Hiphop
Hiphop - Its meaning and purpose.

9 Knowing the first four elements of Hiphop (B.E.G.D.) provides an elementary comprehension of early Hip Hop. However, the Temple of Hiphop teaches that it is through the comprehension of all nine Hiphop elements that a total comprehension of the Hiphop lifestyle is achieved. Such a comprehension aids in one’s victory over the streets. But there is more!

11 Hiphop is not Rap music, nor is it exclusively Deejayin, cuttin', scratchin', or even partying. Rap is something we do. Hiphop is something we live! As a unique and distinct group of people our greatest discovery is that the very existence of Hiphop means that our God is real! And such a God loves us enough to bless us with the awareness of Hiphop. This is real! Wake-up Hiphoppa! Wake-up and realize this Truth! You are a great nation with a divine purpose! God is truly with us! Do not waste your life on argument and continuous hostility. Focus upon the perfecting of your cultural skill and the realizing of your life purpose."

If you want to spell Hiphop, spell it with a capital H! We are a proper noun!
KRS-ONE: Rap is something you do, Hiphop is something you live!

If you want to spell Hiphop, spell it with a capital H! We are a proper noun!
by Bboy Stickly December 23, 2004
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The expression of the relationship between urban youth and their environment. The art of the streets.
Graffiti. DJing. MCing. B-Boying. B-Girling. Break dancing. Poetry. Tattoos. Rhythm. Blues.
by Almustafa El-Said February 25, 2004
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First of all, hip-hop is more than the 'four elements'. If our culture is limited to writing illegible crap on walks, and yelling into a microphone, then it's not that great of a culture at all.

Hip Hop is the way we talk, the way we act, our fashion, our lifestyle, and our people. It's the culture of the streets,

Secondly, hip hop is NOT a music genre. Like my man said below me, rap is something you do, hip hop is something you live. Rap is just a part of hip hop, and frankly it's the part that is pretty much selling-out and shitting on it as well.
'Hip Hop is the culture of the streets. The voice of the urban community. The uniter of minorities.' - J2G

'Rap is something you do. Hip-Hop is something you live.' - KRS-One
by Johnny Twoguns August 04, 2004
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