Hip Hop

Hip hop (pronunciation 'hip-"häp) is a cultural movement that began amongst urban (primarily, but not entirely, African American) youth in New York and has since spread around the world. The four main elements of hip-hop are MCing, DJing, graffiti art, and breakdancing. Some consider beatboxing a fifth element of hip hop. Hip hop has since come to be a synonym for rap music to mainstream audiences. The two are not, however, interchangeable - rapping (MCing) is the vocal expression of lyrics in sync to a rhythm beneath it. (Source: Wikipedia)

* Where did the words "rap" and "hip hop" come from?
* How are gangs related to hip hop?

Where did the words "rap" and
"hip hop" come from?

The word rap, derived from a 1960s slang word for conversation, generally consists of chanted, often improvised, street poetry accompanied by a montage of well-known recordings, usually disco or funk.

"Rappers Delight" was actually the song that coined the term hip hop. At the beginning of the song you can hear one of the members of Sugar Hill Gang saying "da hip da hop, da hippity da hip hip hop and you don't stop"

(Sources: Infoplease and Personal PSU)

How are gangs related to hip hop?
Hip hop is a cultural movement and "gangsta rap" is only one small part of it. Gangs inspired and often embraced the ethic of "gangsta rap" but hip hop was developed in the 1970s as a conscious alternative to the worship of violence. See the interview with LA's Alex Alonso on gangs and hip hip in 2006.

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