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Hip-Hop Defined

Hip-hop [is a] cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and ’90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement’s most lasting and influential art form.

Although widely considered a synonym for rap music, the term hip-hop refers to a complex culture comprising four elements: deejaying, or “turntabling”; rapping, also known as “MCing” or “rhyming”; graffiti painting, also known as “graf” or “writing”; and “B-boying,” which encompasses hip-hop dance, style, and attitude, along with the sort of virile body language that philosopher Cornel West described as “postural semantics.” (A fifth element, “knowledge of self/consciousness,” is sometimes added to the list of hip-hop elements, particularly by socially conscious hip-hop artists and scholars.) Hip-hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s. As the hip-hop movement began at society’s margins, its origins are shrouded in myth, enigma, and obfuscation. Continue reading from Encyclopedia Britannica

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Link to Ode to Hip-Hop: 50 Albums that Define 50 Years of Trailblazing Music by Kiana Fitzgerald in the catalog
Link to Can't stop won't stop : a hip-hop history by Jeff Chang in the catalog
Link to Chuck D presents This day in rap and hip-hop history  by Chuck D in the catalog
Link to Dilla time : the life and afterlife of J Dilla, the hip-hop producer who reinvented rhythm by Dan Charnas in the catalog
Link to God save the queens : the essential history of women in hip-hop by Kathy Landoli in the catalog
Link to History of Hip Hop by Eric Reese in Hoopla
Link to The Boombox Project by Lyle Owerko on hoopla
Link to Hip Hop In Houston by Maco L. Faniel in the catalog
Link to Hip Hop Family Tree Volume One by Ed Piskor in the catalog
Link to Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 by Ed Piskor in the catalog