The performances of
3.Graffiti Art
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 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 only art of music to express oneself in originality and individuality
Fashion and music
by Lady_sam January 21, 2004
a parenthesis ended by Dr. Dre's 2001 album...
anything after is crap, sadly, even from the rappers who contributed to its rising...
dumbass: you heard the latest (insert some whack wannabe rapper's name, like Lil Jon) ?
me: yeah, i should sue him for damaging my ears, it's the worst shit i ever heard since the previous song that was on the radio.

dumbass: man, what you talkin' 'bout, it's some bomb ass hip hop !
me: shut the fuck up, you don't know shit. you can call it "shit hop", "hip pop", or just call it crap... hip hop is dead. don't insult hip hop, fool ! Tupac will come out of his grave and beat the shit out of you if he hears that.
by Your homie October 23, 2006
A music rich in bass with a lyracist rapping over the beat. Started in ghetto's where kids could just afford a record player to loop a beat and rap over. Started rap(rythmic american poetry) which is now disrespected because of its pop and MTV play.
Hip- Hop has an accidental spawn known as hi- pop which is when faggy rappers like ja- rule sell out totally. Jay- Z has done this, but used to be good.
Hip- Hop is the only remaining black/african rooted music. Lets not let white people steal this one like they did Jazz.
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