Why Is Hip Hop So Important?

Hip hop emerged as a reaction to the gang culture and violence of the South Bronx in the 1970s, and daily experiences of poverty, racism, exclusion, crime, violence, and neglect.

It necessarily embodies and values resilience, understanding, community and social justice.

What does hip hop represent?

Hip Hop IS a culture of fashion, language/slang, music, movement, visual art and expression. In a FUNKMODE class, you can be certain that we are going to go out of our way to not only represent actual Hip Hop culture but do so in a way that you receive the very best the culture has to offer.

How did hip hop spread?

However, its spread was gradual, starting in the 1970’s. Hip hop started in New York City, and over the years has spread across space and culture. The spread of hip hop can be mapped in three different forms- expansion diffusion, hierarchical diffusion, and relocation diffusion.

Rap is undeniably most popular music genre to date. The origin of rap is in Africa where village storytellers used to play some handmade instruments when they told stories to their family. Rap music’s beginning were humble and focused on bring families together and uplifting each others spirit in times of pain.

What is the purpose of hip hop?

Today’s rap music reflects its origin in the hip-hop culture of young, urban, working-class African-Americans, its roots in the African oral tradition, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group, and, as its popularity has grown, its commercialization and appropriation by the music industry.

Why was Hip Hop created?

In the 1970s, an underground urban movement known as “hip hop” began to form in the Bronx, New York City. It focused on emceeing (or MCing) over house parties and neighborhood block party events, held outdoors. Jamaican-born DJ Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell pioneered the use of DJing percussion “breaks” in hip hop music.