Hip Hop Culture

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Hip-Hop culture is often confused with the Hip-Hop genre. Hip-Hop as a culture is more than just the music, it is a way of life. Hip-Hop music as a genre has changed from being Rap to including Pop. Hip-Hop is an evolving culture, constantly changing as the older generation fades and the newer generation carries on the legacy along with incorporating it's new style. The new generation of Hip-Hop or rather Hip-Hop today focuses more on Partying, music, and Swag rather than the original elements: Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, and B-Boy or break dancing. These elements are still seen in today's Hip-Hop but have adapted a new style. Hip-Hop started in the early 1970's by Clive Campbell, known as DJ Kool Herc, in Bronx, New York. He was born in Jamaica and moved to New York at the age of 12. His style had a lot of influence on reggae because of his Jamaican heritage. “Hip-Hop started when my father bought a PA system and didn't know how to hook it up. I was messing around with music and I started out by buying a few records to play at my house” (DJ Kool Herc). Kool Herc started playing his records at parties and would “call your name on the mic” ,a style used by Jamaican deejays called toasting, which is a shout out that he would do to all his friends .This lead to emceeing which is what we call rap today. Kool Herc is known as the Father of Hip-Hop because he started this movement. Afrika Bambaataa known as the Godfather of Hip Hop, also known for naming the culture Hip-Hop, carried on the legacy of Herc along with another deejay known Grandmaster Flash. Bambaataa and Flash were rivals because they were from different crews. Back then they called crews gangs, today people say crew when they talk of a group of friends or a group of ... ... middle of paper ... ...m of connection. Hip-Hop is a way of life that is often misconstrued by those who are not aware of what it fully encompasses and it differs from the “normal” because it is in the media and all around. Today's Hip-Hop generation is Partying, listening to rap music, and representing their Swag. Works Cited "Afrika Bambaataa |" | The Four Elements That Shaped a Movement. Web. 20 Feb. 2015. . DJ Fully Focus, and DJ Dyme. "Thoughts on Hip-Hop." Personal interview. 18 Feb. 2015. DJ Kool Herc. "Interview W/ DJ Kool Herc." Interview by Davey D. Davey D's Hip Hop Corner. Davey D, 1989. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. . "Kool Herc Biography." Musician Guide. Net Industries. Web. 20 Feb. 2015. .
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