The History Of Hip-Hop

The History Of Hip-Hop

Rachael Gibson, Staff Writer

Hip hop has taken over the music industry and is the number one music genre listened to of 2020 according to With the rise of artists like Cardi B, Travis Scott, and Megan Thee Stallion, these individuals have had been a huge influence on building the modern rap culture and style.

Hip-Hop was a cultural movement that really started becoming popular in the 80s and 90s. The music style involving rhythmic and rhyming speech, became the most lasting and influential art form. The actual term “Hip-Hop” refers to the combining of deejaying, turntabling, rapping, and B-boying which also encompasses the  Hip-Hop dance and style. It originated predominantly in the African American economically down South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s. 

The first major Hip-Hop deejay was DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell). He was able to introduce his native Jamaica to inner-city parties. With two turntables he would meld fragments of old songs with popular dance songs to create a nice flow of music, essentially known today as remixes. Throughout the time, dance contests developed, and the best dances created the greatly known “Break Dance” style that involved airborne moves and gravity defying headspins and backspins. 

Another significant response to New York Hip-Hop, though came from Los Angeles, began in 1989 with N.W.A’s dynamic album “Straight Outta Comptom”. The former members of that group such as Ice Cube, Easy E, Dr. Dre, pretty much led the way for the prominent growth of Rap in the West Coast. Their frequent violent tales of real life in the inner cities paved the way for the new rise of “Gangsta Rap”.

But with record labels building huge empires off of certain artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, rivalries with other record label companies started sparking up which created tensions between west and east coast rappers, resulting in the unsolved murders of Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. 

Overall, the Hip-Hop genre has made such a  tremendous impact on the music industry in all. Through thick and thin this genre seemed to be the one that never dropped sales and has always stayed consistent.