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The culture consisting of:
- DeeJay-ing
- Emcee-ing
- Breakdancing
- Graffiti Art

Don't get this confused with the bullshit you hear on mainstream radios and tv stations.
I've written down, IMO, the 5 greatest artists of their category

Hip-hop artists today (2000s)
1)Immortal Technique
2)Common
3)Mos Def
4)Eyedea
5)Talib Kweli
others include: Canibus, Cage, Brother Ali ...

Hip Hop artists - 90s
1)Big L
2)Nas
3)Tupac
4)Biggie
5)Eminem
others include: Ice Cube, Chino XL, Jadakiss, Big Pun, Busta Rhymes, Aceyalone ...

Old School Hip-Hop
1)Rakim
2)KRS-One
3)Freddie Foxxx
4)Big Daddy Kane
5)Kool G Rap
others include: LL Cool J, Masta Ace, Slick Rick, Ras Kass ...

All Groups/Duos (in no particular order, just really good groups of all eras)
-Wu-Tang Clan (i didn't mention any of the members in solo artists becuase it would be too hard
-N.W.A (same thing as the Wu-Tang clan)
Beastie Boys, Run D.M.C, Outerspace, The Roots, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, Cypress Hill, Little Brother ...

There are much more but these are the ones i think are necessary to be on this list

btw. the top 2 artists on each of the lists are in my opinion the greatest ever.
Don't get sucked into the stuff u hear being hyped up so much in the media. These are real hip-hop musicians and this is what hip-hop should be.

Hip-pop: 50 cent (always top of this list), Jay-Z (he might have deserved to be in the real-hip-hop list but he was so quick to sell out), Nelly, Chingy, T.I, Snoop Dogg (don't get me wrong he's good but he has no mic skills at all and he sold out), Bow wow and theres heaps more, just basically anything claimed 'hip-hop' on radio or tv.
and RnB is not hip-hop at all
by timetoplaythegame April 19, 2006
 
1.
not fake ass pop music like 50, ja rule etc. real music for your mind. poetry put to beats. floetry. not about money and 300c's and shit. Real hip hop is something you can feel.
NaS. little brother, common sense, immortal technique outkast? dmx? talib kweli mos def. atmosphere, wu tang, jurassic 5, gym class heros. real hip hop is real music.
by grand markese May 12, 2006
 
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Typically classified by hip hop "heads" as: hip hop that has social awareness or meaning in it's lyrics. Though they fail to recognize that is actually called "alternative hip hop".

This is the true definition: Hip Hop is a movement, a culture, as well as a genre of music. Materialistic things, getting money, women, cars, etc. is a part of this movement, and it always has been.

Since hip hop has mixed with pop music, this side of the culture has been in the spotlight, and many feel it is the wrong side. The thing is though, you do not have to listen to this type of music, if you prefer gangsta rap for example, simply listen to it.

There is no "real" or "fake" rap/hip hop music, it's all part of the culture. This "gettin money" phase that hip hop is in is simply a part of the 30+ year movement that has finally taken the spotlight. 15 years ago, the "gangsta" side of the culture held the spotlight. Who knows what is next.

The Backround:

Hip Hop "heads" and "elitists" (aka old men who think they're living in the 80's) say hip hop does not belong on the radio, and if it has success, that means the artists are selling out. They are simply jealous of the success of these artists, and wish to see them fall. That is called a "hater" my friends.

According to this logic, artists like Soulja Boy and Lil Wayne are "fake" hip hop, and not music at all. They also do not deserve any of the money that they have earned. (again, the reason for this is unknown)

Hip Hop started in nightclubs and parties, so it was originally party music. The people who tell you "real" hip hop is not party music, they have no idea what they are talking about. There is no such thing as "real" hip hop. It's a genre of music that many love, and many hate, simple as that.
comment on lil wayne youtube video: wow, this is not real hip hop, all he does is brag about money

me: someone is a little jealous.
by hiphophead187 June 02, 2009