The Beginning of Hip Hop Music

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What is hip hop music? Where did it come from? How did it evolve?

These are all questions that we will answer in this blog post. We’ll take a look at the history of hip hop music and how it has become one of the most popular genres in the world today.

Origins of Hip Hop

Hip hop music originated in the 1970s in the Bronx, New York City. It is a style of music that is characterized by a strong rhythmic beat and rhyming lyrics. Hip hop music has its roots in African American culture and is a blend of various genres such as soul, funk, and reggae.

African American culture

The music genre known as Hip Hop originated in African American culture during the 1970s. Hip Hop is a style of music that includes rap, DJing, and breakdance. The term “Hip Hop” was first used by Keith Cowboy, a rapper with the Sugarhill Gang. Hip Hop developed in the South Bronx of New York City. At first, it was only African American kids who were into Hip Hop, but soon other ethnic groups started to get into the music and culture as well.

DJ Kool Herc is credited as being the first Hip Hop DJ. He would throw parties where he would play two record turntables at the same time to extend the part of the song with the bassline or “break”. His style of playing records influenced other DJs to start using two turntables as well. DJs would also add their own style to the music by adding in sounds from other records using a process called “sampling”.

MCing (rapping) also started to develop during this time. MCs would talk over the music that was playing at these parties. They would make up rhymes on the spot about what was going on at the party or about anything else they wanted to talk about. This style of rapping later developed into what we now know as “freestyle”.

Jamaican culture

Jamaican culture has had a significant impact on the development of hip hop music. In the early years of hip hop, DJs in Jamaican dance clubs played a style of music called “toasting.” This style of music was based on the Jamaican tradition of “chatting over” records, where the DJ would talk over an instrumental track to hype up the crowd. Toasting became very popular in New York City in the 1970s, and many of the early hip hop DJs were influenced by this style of music.

Jamaican culture also played a role in the development of rap music. Rap is a type of rhyming spoken word poetry that developed in the 1970s. Rap is often considered to be a subgenre of hip hop, but it can also be its own distinct genre. One of the earliest pioneers of rap was Clive Campbell, better known asDJ Kool Herc. Herc was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and he moved to New York City in 1967. He began throwing parties in the Bronx where he would play Jamaican records and talk over them to hype up the crowd. He is credited with inventing the “breakbeat,” which is a key element of both hip hop and rap music.

Early Hip Hop in the Bronx

Hip hop music started in the Bronx in the late 1970s. DJ Kool Herc is credited as being the first hip hop DJ. He is said to have pioneered the use of break-beats. Hip hop music originally was only DJing and MCing.

DJ Kool Herc

DJ Kool Herc is a Jamaican-American DJ who is credited with being one of the first hip hop DJs. He is known for his use of breakbeats and for his innovative technique of cutting between two copies of the same record to extend the break. He is also recognized for his work in promoting block parties in the Bronx, which were an important incubator for the development of hip hop music.

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash, born Joseph Saddler on January 1, 1958 in Barbados, is a DJ, songwriter and producer. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip hop music. His innovative turntablism and use of samples made him one of the most influential figures in the genre. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saddler began his musical career as a teenager in the Bronx. He became a DJ after hearing Kool Herc spin records at block parties. Saddler began using two turntables to extend the breaks in songs, which became known as “breakbeats.” He also began experimenting with mixing different records together to create new sounds.

In 1976, Saddler formed Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The group’s biggest hit was “The Message,” which spoke to the realities of life in inner-city neighborhoods. The song is considered to be one of the most important hip hop tracks of all time.

After the group disbanded in 1984, Saddler continued to work as a solo artist and producer. He has worked with a number of artists over the years, including Madonna, Michael Jackson and LL Cool J.

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa is a founding member of the hip hop music style, which developed in the Bronx in New York City during the 1970s. Bambaataa, who was born in 1957, was a member of the Black Spades, a notorious street gang. In the early 1970s, he became involved in the fledgling hip hop music scene as a DJ and MC. He quickly gained popularity for his distinctive style and his ability to appeal to people from all walks of life.

Bambaataa is credited with helping to spread hip hop music beyond its roots in New York City. He is known for organizing “hip hop summits” in various cities around the world and for his work as a peace ambassador. He has also been active in promoting education and careers in the music industry through his work with the Universal Zulu Nation, an organization he founded in 1977.

The Golden Age of Hip Hop

Hip hop music first developed in the South Bronx, New York City in the late 1970s. It was a direct result of the post-industrial decay that was affecting the city at the time. The genre was created by African American and Latino youth who were looking for a way to express themselves.


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Public Enemy

Public Enemy is an American hip Hop group from Long Island, New York, consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and Hank Shocklee. They are known for their politically charged lyrics and their criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the rights of African Americans. The group’s debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show was released in 1987 to critical acclaim. Their next five albums ranging from 1988 to 1998 were also critically acclaimed and highly influential on the genre

Beastie Boys

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Hip Hop Today

Hip hop music, also known as rap music, is a style of popular music that originated in the United States in the 1970s. The term ‘hip hop’ is used to describe a wide variety of musical styles, including rap, break dancing, and DJing. Hip hop music has become one of the most popular genres of music in the world, with artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem, and Lil Wayne achieving global success.

Kendrick Lamar

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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is one of the most popular rappers today. He first gained mainstream attention with his mixtape “Coloring Book” in 2016, which was acclaimed by critics and won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Chance is also known for his social activism, including working with the Obama administration on initiatives to improve education in Chicago.

J. Cole

J. Cole is an American rapper and producer who first gained attention with his mixtapes The Come Up (2007) and The Warm Up (2009) before signing to Roc Nation in 2009. His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011) peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, and was soon followed by his second album, Born Sinner (2013), which topped the charts as well. He released his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, in December 2014 without any promotion or advance singles, going platinum in only three weeks. His fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only, was released on December 9th, 2016 to critical acclaim and reached platinum certification just over a month later. J. Cole’s music often deals with personal and social issues.

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