Almost everyone thinks they know hip hop, but most us don’t even know if there should the hip and hop should be written as one word or spaced with a hyphen. Hip-hop isn’t Tupac or DMX or B.I.G or Snoop Dogg. Hip-hop isn’t even the modern future or Rick Ross. These artists are all rap artists and rap is an element of hip-hop. According to global awareness through hip-hop culture, the hip-hop is the constantly evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youths that keeps recreating itself in a never-ending cycle. Hip-hop is a fusion of emotions ranging from happiness to sadness to humour.
One of the most influential African American Celebrity Boxer Muhammad Ali influenced several elements of hip-hop music. Ali became known in the 1960s for being a rhyming trickster both in the boxing ring and in media interviews. In the 1960s, Ali became popularly known for delivering comment which includes boasts, comical trash talk and endless quotable line in a funky manner. Ali’s freestyle skills and rhyme flow became the bedrock of the typical hip-hop music. Certain early rap artist like the LL Cool J cited Muhammad Ali as their influence.
The creation of the term hip hop is often credited Keith Cowboy, a rapper with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. This term was however used when it was still known as the disco rap. It was believed that the term was created by cowboy when he was teasing a friend who had just joined the U.S army. The name was created when scat singing the words hip/hop/hip/hop in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of a soldier marching. Keith cowboy later worked the hip-hop cadence into a part of his stage performance which was quickly used by other artists. Africa Bambaata is credited with first using the term to describe the subculture in which the music belonged, although it is also suggested that it was a derogatory term used to describe the type of music. Steven Hager book “The Village Voice” was the first in print material to use the term, and He later authored the 1984 history of hip-hop.
Hip hop music in its infancy has been described as an outlet and a voice for the disenfranchised youth of low-income and marginalized economic areas and the hip-hop culture reflected the social, economic and political realities of their lives. Hip-hop was also influenced by the disco music which was popular in the 1970s. The earliest hip hop was mainly based on hard funk loops sourced from vintage funk records. However, by the late 1970s, the instrumental and loop tracks of the disco became the basis of the more hip-hop music. Ironically, the rise of hip-hop music was said to have a played a major role in the eventual decline in the popularity of disco.
Hip-hop as both a genre of music and a culture was formed during the 1970s when the rate of block parties became increasingly popular in New York City. It evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum machines which were easily accepted because of its availability and affordability. Rap music developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks or chants along rhythmically with an instrumental or synthesized beat. The 1980s marked the beginning of the diversification as the genre developed a more multifaceted style. Prior to this era, hip hop music was restricted to the united stated and it began to extend to different music scenes in the 1980s. It was at this stage many countries fused in their local styles to create the new subgenres of hip-hop we have now.
In the 1990s, hip-hop began to diversify with other local styles emerging and was incorporated into other genres of trendy music. Hip-hop became a best-selling pop music genre in the mid-1990 and top-selling music genre by 1999. The popularity of hip-hop music continues to soar through the 2000s with the hip-hop influences increasingly finding their way into conventional pop.