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Rap and Hip-hop A music and culture The Beginnings of the Music The music truly came about in the 1970’s Starting at Block parties in New York City DJ’s used Drum beats from Reggae The Culture itself Many things rose from the music as well, a whole culture Break dancing Flow

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Rap and Hip-hop

A music and culture


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The Beginnings of the Music

  • The music truly came about in the 1970’s

  • Starting at Block parties in New York City

  • DJ’s used Drum beats from Reggae


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The Culture itself

  • Many things rose from the music as well, a whole culture

  • Break dancing

  • Flow

  • Graffiti styles

  • DJ mixing


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Break Dancing

  • A popular style of dancing in the 80’s

  • Includes complicated movements such as Backflips, Windmills, handstands, kip ups, etc.

  • There are many styles of Breakdancing such as popping and locking, floating and the traditional

  • In the elements of hip-hop Breaking is represented as cardboard since many b-boys used cardboard to slide and perform moves on


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Flow

  • Flowing is basically rapping off hand

  • The person flowing is called an MC

  • The MC raps to a beat provided by a DJ

  • In the elements Flowing is represented by the mic (microphone)


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Graffiti

  • Graffiti, the art side of spray cans

  • Many times conceived as simple vandalism, is actually an art form

  • The art is harder to find than oddly written letters on a wall, but representations of ideas made by spray paint

  • Represented in the four elements of hip-hop as the cans


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DJ

  • Many times a DJ is simply playing music at a club, but getting more complicated the transitions and scratching between songs is much more to the point

  • Many DJ’s also can create new songs from fragments, the Turntables are made into instruments instead of an outdated medium for music playing

  • This become the fourth element of Hip-hop represented by the Turntables


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Style

  • The culture of Hip-hop and rap has spawned a style of clothing as well.

  • An old generalization was sagging the pants so that waist of the pants are below your own waist by several inches, which has been going out of style

  • In the 80’s heavy chains, velour jumpsuits, Kangol hats and adidas sneakers were in style, as of late they have seemingly come back and left again

  • While the 90’s brought sagging, t-shirt and jeans, puffy jacket and some odd fads

  • The current style is basically the persons style, with mixing generations and new clothing.


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Evolution of the music

  • In the mid 80’s there was more of a rise of hip-hop speaking of living life, the world around them and love popular artists include, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Sugar Hill gang, etc

  • The style changed when Gangsta rap was introduced in the early 90’s, popular rappers of this style are Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, Dr.Dre, Ice Cube

  • Changing midway through the 90’s and making it about diamonds, money, cars and being a pimp or player. Losing its way from a culture about the music to a music about a culture that wishes


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Where Hip-Hop is going

  • In hopes of rejuvenating hip-hop rappers have come back and the popularity of meaningful rap growing with artist such as Jin, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Jay Z, etc.

  • The future is hopefully going back into the hidden messages and love of the music such as the classic Common song I used to Love Her which seems to be a song about a girl he loved is about Hip-hop itself


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