Saturday, April 4, 2009


Hiphop music is part of Hiphop culture which began in Bronx, New York in the 1970s predominantly among Afro Americans and Latino Americans.
Hip hop culture embodies four major elements, namely: - Emceeing/Rapping; Turntablism/Deejaying; Break dance and Graffiti Art.
Hip hop music is a genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with backing beats.
Beats are traditionally generated from portions of other songs by a DJ or sampled from portions of other songs by a producer through synthesizers and drum matching. Live bands are also used especially in contemporary music.
Rapping also referred to as Emceeing is a vocal style in which the performer speaks rhythmically and in rhyme generally to a beat. However, recently, a difference has developed between rapping and emceeing. Emceeing has been used to describe those artistes who possess and exercise superior lyrical ability and prowess.
Rappers or Emcees (MCs) may perform poetry which they have written ahead of time or improvise rhymes on the spot with or without a beat.
During the late 1970s, break dance arose during block parties as break boys and break girls got in front of the audience to dance in a distinctive, frenetic style.
By the 1980s, all the major elements and techniques of Hip hop were in place. Hip hop turntablists (also known as Disc Jockeys or dee jays or DJs) use turntable techniques such as beat mixing/matching, scratching, beat juggling to create a base that can be rapped over.
Graffiti art traces its roots to Philadelphia, U.S.A. This involves making artistic impressions over surfaces like walls, roofs e.t.c. Sprays are used to make drawings and write ups which pass non verbal messages.
Hip hop has globalized into many cultures worldwide especially in the developing world where it has come to represent the empowerment of the disenfranchised and a slice of the American dream.
Hip hop has emerged globally as an arts movement with the imperative to create something fresh by using technology, speech and the body in new ways. The music and the art continue to embrace celebrating its transnational dimensions while staying true to the local cultures to which its rooted.
Hip hop inspiration differs depending on each culture. Still, the one thing virtually all hip hop artistes worldwide have in common is that they acknowledge their debt to those Black and Latino kids in New York who launched this movement in the first place.

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