Music Video Mix: Hip Hop

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Get your groove on with the latest hip hop music video mix.


If you’re a fan of hip hop music, then you’ll love this music video mix. We’ve compiled some of the best and most popular hip hop music videos from the past few years, so you can enjoy watching your favorite artists perform their hits. Whether you’re a fan of old school hip hop or new school rap, this mix has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

What is Hip Hop?

Hip hop is a music genre that was created in the United States in the 1970s. It is a combination of African-American music and Latin American music. Hip hop is a part of the hip hop culture, which includes break dancing and graffiti art.

The History of Hip Hop

Hip hop is a musical genre that developed in the late 20th century from earlier forms of African-American music. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing.

Hip hop became a mainstream musical genre in the mid-1990s with the commercial success of gangsta rap. Critic Greg Tate described the hip hop movement as “the only avant-garde still around”, able to absorb influences from jazz, rock, and funk music while remaining iconoclastic. Hip hop arose out of the ruins of Detroit’s inner city housing projects in the late 1970s after residents were displaced by white flight and job loss; it abounded on local radio stations which played dance music including James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”, Sly & The Family Stone’s “There’s A Riot Goin’ On”, Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express” and George Clinton’s “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)”.

The Elements of Hip Hop

The four elements of hip hop are MCing, DJing, break dancing, and graffiti writing. MCing, also known as rapping, is the vocal delivery of rhymes and wordplay. This element of hip hop originated in Kingston, Jamaica in the form of toasting. DJing is the art of playing recorded music on turntables in order to manipulate the music or create a unique sound. Techniques include mixing, scratching, and beatmatching.

Break dancing is a style of dance that includes moves such as toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. These moves are often performed to the rhythm of hip hop music being played by a DJ. Graffiti writing is the act of tagging one’s name or street crew initials with aerospicuous paint or markers in public places or on buildings. This element of hip hop originated in New York City during the early 1970s.

The Best Hip Hop Videos of All Time

From Run DMC to Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has always been a popular genre of music. The music videos that have accompanied these songs have also been iconic in their own right. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best hip hop videos of all time.

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

“Rapper’s Delight” is a 1979 hip hop track released by The Sugarhill Gang and produced by Sylvia Robinson. The song is widely credited as being the first mainstream hip hop single. It peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked number 251 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa

“Planet Rock” is a hip hop song by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force. The song was released in 1982 on Tommy Boy Records. It peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the first hip hop songs to crossover to mainstream audiences. The song has been featured in many movies and television shows over the years, and is considered to be one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.

“Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C.

“Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C. is often cited as one of the best hip hop videos of all time. The video, which was released in 1986, features the group rapping and dancing in a variety oflocations, including a stadium, a subway station, and the street. The video was directed by Lionel C. Martin and became an instant classic, helping to popularize hip hop music and culture.

“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy

“Fight the Power” is a song by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records. The song was included on the soundtrack for the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing, and peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and at number 20 on the Hot 100.

The song samples ” Basketball Throwdown” by hip hop group N.W.A, as well as “Funky Drummer” by James Brown. Chuck D of Public Enemy wrote the song with assistance from group members Flavor Flav, Hank Shocklee, and Eric “Vietnam” Sadler. It was produced by Shocklee and featured drums performed by Terminator X.

The title of “Fight the Power” is a reference to African American protesters who fought against police brutality during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In his 1995 autobiography No Surrender… No Retreat, Chuck D wrote that he was inspired to write the song after witnessing police brutality firsthand while attending a Nelson Mandela rally in 1989.

The music video for “Fight the Power” was directed by Kevin Kerslake and features footage of Civil Rights Movement protests, police brutality, and scenes from Do the Right Thing intercut with footage of Public Enemy performing the song.

“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer is one of the best hip hop videos of all time. The video features Hammer dancing and rapping in front of a giant boom box, surrounded by a group of dancing female backing singers and dancers. The video is simple but effective, and the song is catchy and memorable.


We hope you enjoyed our mix of hip hop music videos. As you can see, there is a lot of variety within the genre, and we hope this has given you a taste of what hip hop has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of the old school or the new school, there’s something here for everyone. Thanks for watching!

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