(2) First off, the origins of the term. The phrase “hip-hop” was first coined by rapper Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins of the hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1978 while teasing a friend who had just recently joined the US Army by scat singing and impersonating the sound of an army marching, "hip-hop, hip-hop, hip-hop”. The saying was originally was meant as a sign of disrespect but eventually became the name of the sub-culture.
Today’s recorded origins of hip-hop stem from block parties thrown by the infamous gang/ music group, the Ghetto Brothers. They plugged in amps and played music with the mixed stylings of Ga...
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...ects, including but not limited to: dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore.
All because of the diversity of its foreign components. Rapping, DJing, Graffiti, and Breakdancing belongs to all of us. In the U.S., those of European descent are able to enjoy the ways of an Asian culture, those of African descent are able to enjoy the ways of a Latino culture, and so on.
(5) In conclusion, hip-hop started as just a couple block parties being thrown in the late 70’s on the south-end of the Bronx by a Puerto-Rican gang and a Jamaican DJ. Its popularity and influence has grown at an alarming rate. With each passing decade, it went through many phases and had many faces to represent it as a whole. It has made breakthroughs in fashion, visual art, choreography, and especially music. No one can trademark a lifestyle. Hip-hop belongs to all of us.
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