The History of Hip Hop

The History of Hip Hop

History of Hip Hop

The first time I ever saw or heard of Rap was back in the day when MTV really played Music Videos. The Song was Walk this Way and Aero Smith Tune covered by Run DMC. The song resurrected the dying career of Aero Smith, and put rap out in front a large cross section of American Culture. From my perspective this is when Hip Hop and Rap entered the mainstream of American Culture.

1. The difference between Hip Hop and Rap: Hip Hop is how you live and Rap is something you do.
a. Hip Hop is a lifestyle—that includes language, clothing etc.

b. Rap is a musical outgrowth of Hip Hop

2. Roots:

a. A product of cross-cultural integration, rap is deeply rooted within ancient African culture and oral tradition. Hip-hop is believed to have originated in the Bronx by a Jamaican DJ named Kool Herc in the 1970s.
b. Some elements of what came to be known as Hip Hop can be traced even earlier than the 1970s. In 1925 Earl Tucker (aka Snake Hips), a performer at the Cotton Club invents a dance style similar to today’s hip-hop moves. He incorporates floats and slides into his dance style. Similar moves would later inspire an element of hip-hop culture known as break dancing
c. Kool Herc the father of Hip Hop

1) Born in Kingston Jamaica in 1956.

2) Name: Kool Herc was a nickname from High School because of his size. He was born Clive Campbell

3) He immigrated to the Bronx in 1967

3) Kool Herc's style of deejaying involved reciting rhymes over instrumentals. At house parties, Herc would rap with the microphone, using a myriad of in-house references. Duplicates of Herc's house parties soon drifted through Brooklyn, Manhattan. Herc and other block party DJs helped spread the message of hip-hop around town and spawned tons of followers.

3. Humble Beginnings: Some of the earliest rap songs ever recorded includes
a. "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by Fatback Band and


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