Asia Schufford, 4th period ELAR 8-4

Where did it come from?

Hip-hop started in the 1970s in New York. It was made popular by African Americans mainly in the South Bronx when they block parties in the street. They tried to break racial boundaries with their music and the style that came out of it. Hip-hop emerged when DJs created rhythmic beats and looped breaks on turntables. It was later accompanied by "rap" music, a rhythmic style of chanting or spoken word(poetry). They often added beatboxing , a vocal technique mainly used to provide persuasive elements of music and various technical effects of Hip-hop DJs.

Inside Hip-Hop

DJ Kool Herc was named the "Father" of Hip-Hop for putting his own style on songs, often called flipping in that culture. He became famous by DJing on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. DJ Afrika Bambaataa of the Hip-hop collection Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of Hip-hop culture. Hip-hop was reaching out and touching the heart of New York, more and more people started to listen and learned to love it, and when that happened Hip-hop was no longer underground. It emerged through the surface and spread around the world.

Only 4?

There are 4 main parts of Hip-hop

  • Rap music(oral)
  • Turntablism(aural)
  • B-boying(physical)
  • Graffiti art(visual)
These are not the only parts, but these started it all.


Hip-hop was often never played without turntables. The turntables were the heart and soul of it all, while still being a small part of it. Hip-hop triggered the wave of dancing in streets and block parties, it was very popular for people to rave when at block party because the music is AWESOME.