Hip Hop is an ever changing culture that reflects the experience of society through encompassing disc jockeying, emceeing, break dancing, and graffiti as an art form.
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by lwoods August 19, 2003
when abe lincoln finished his famous speech, he then shouted "now let's get down", grabbed his secretary and started grinding
four score and seven years ago...... fuck this, let's get down!
(hip-hop)
by buba and shoogar daddeh foo' August 23, 2009
a beautiful thing for people of all races
hip-hop is a deep and incredible culture/movement. rap is commercial corporate garbage only built on making money.
by julius lucas October 10, 2009
a whole new culture that was invented by the youth that had migrating from other areas. black, asian, and latin american teens had made their own culture consisting of the four elements. graffiti art, breaking, MCing and DJing.

the expression "hip hop" was like a way to describe their "hip hop" from their old culture trying to fit into a new one..

i hope this helps.
latian americans, black americans, asian americans planted the hip hop seed
by yoooooooooooooou March 16, 2008
The performances of
NINE ELEMENTS
1.Breakin
2.Emceein
3.Graffiti Art
4.Deejayin
5.Beatboxin
6.Street Fashion
7.Street Language
8.Street Knowledge
9.Street Entrepreneurialism

It is what we call ourselves and our activity in the world. "Hip Hop" is the name of our culture.

Therefore, no matter who you are... if you are involved in one of these elements, YES... YOU ARE HIP HOP! No matter what you do on the side... hustle, cheat, scam, pimp, lie, etc.. those people are Hip Hop too.
Yes son... I am Hip Hop!
by Meta 4 March 09, 2007
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 and Jazz.
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.
Other 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 and records. 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.
"Hip Hop, don't stop"
by Josh G August 23, 2006
A music style that formed in the 80's out of reggae influence. It was forming a little bit after the rap style was formed. It borrowed the spoken type of lyrics and it had trumpet and very upbeat and stimulating rhythms.

Hip-hop is different from rap because rap is very poetic but it has a beat to keep a steady flow, (a beat as in drums or anything that makes a short sound) It (was) started/influnced with/by the James Brown song "The Big Comeback"

Hip-hop got mixed up with rap when Run-D.M.C. came in, they created songs that were a mix of both styles, such as "King of Rock", it had poetic lyrics, drums and guitar which had savory rhythm. Run-D.M.C. were very good with poetry and they used Hip-hop melodies and rap beats mixed in their songs.

Modern Hip-hop is called rap but it isn't very poetic, it is almost like 80's Hip-hop but the reggae influence has been replaced with synth, the modern "rappers" are actually Hip-hop artists but the average person calls them rappers because it is shorter than "Hip-hop artist". Out of the laziness of people to say 2 words instead of one; Hip-hop and rap have been mixed up.

Rap is dead these days and the last rappers were Run-D.M.C. and maybe Tupac.

I do not like modern Hip-hop cause the artists try to make catchy, rhyming lyrics but because they don't have poetic minds they have to slur and mispronounce words to make them rhyme. Example: the song "Throw some D's" you hear the word "caddilick" a lot. I listen to the song just to laugh at it, I am even laughing as I write this.

Hip-hop was a great upbeat style but it is now all about image, the best of modern Hip-hop is ok to me but I really liked the early Hip-hop.
A lot of modern Hip-hop sucks!
by joe725 April 21, 2007

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