Hip Hop music is unusual in that it emerged from the streets of America as opposed to being created for commercial gain. In some ways the form had it's origins in the 'beat' generation of the late 50's and 60's. It was there that the idea of doing stream of consciousness prose or poetry to to music first emerged. You can hear the origins in 'Grandmaster Flash's' work. Hip Hop became a voice for the oppressed poor black youth and along with breakdancing, krumping and clowning became a very powerful cultural movement.

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