Hip hop music history is a display of mixing together of different styles and culture. Mixing up Latin, Hispanic, and African-American cultures, the inner city sprouted hip hop into a hard driving, exhilirating beat, that included practices of record scratching, rapping, graffiti and break dancing.

Rapping is from the 1960s slang meaning to have a conversation between people to benefit enlightenment. Enlightenment can be considered a central thread all through out hip hop music history, as early hip hop music adresses real life situations on some of the most dangerous cities in the US. The spoken rap cultural poetry was introduced to scratching and thumping beats by the art of being a DJ. Latter versions of hip hop music would adapt these styles and fuse it with a more fundamental background.

Hip hop music history started from African American and West African music. Poet-artists like Jalai Mansur Nurriddin and Gil Scott-Heron were huge influences in the 1960s. Beginning in the Bronx, hip hop and soul with a funkadelic back beat were being blended into some of the most amazing street music ever heard. Add into the mix a rise in Jamaican immigrants, and you have the beginnings of the hip hop culture in America.

The influence of the disc jockey started to make its mark in the industry during the 1970s and 80s. Everywhere from dance clubs to recording studios, a defining moment for hip hop music history began. By combining spoken lyrics with pulsing back beat a new sub culture was let to emerge, which was consequently known as break dancing. Street corner dancers began to appear in every major city in America, all of them energetic, creative and expressing themselves in a very vibrant way. Backed with rap and hip hop music from their boom boxes, break dancers amazes the crowds with their dazzling seemingly impossible moves, bringing the music to the spotlight.

Rap and hip hop began to diverge from each other in the 1990s, forming a new chapter in hip hop music history. Rap started to sing about and advocate violence, among peers, against law enforcement, and practically everyone else who stands in the way. The music became a guilty pleasure for those looking to express their dissatisfaction with their lives. The driving beats stayed, while the lyrics became more poetic, freestyle competitions became widespread all through out the city. The inner city was being heard by listeners in a big way, and they like what they heard, even if their parents didn`t.

At the end of 2000, hardcore rappers have gone different ways, trying other crafts like acting. New artists in hip hop music history were now using softer and romantic lyrics, carving niches of their own by using their notoriety to get their fans to rebuild their cities instead of tearing them down. Hip hop, where it goes from here is a mystery, but the new generation artists would certainly be something to watch out for.

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