Hip Hop is a broad conglomerate of artistic forms that originated as a specific street subculture within African-American communities during the 1970s in New York City, specifically in Morris Heights, The Bronx, then later spread its influence to Latin American communities. It is characterized by four distinct elements, all of which represent the different manifestations of the culture: rap music (aural), turntablism or "DJing" (aural), breaking (physical) and graffiti art (visual). Despite their contrasting methods of execution, they find unity in their common association to the poverty and violence underlying the historical context that birthed the culture. It was as a means of providing a reactionary outlet from such urban hardship that "Hip Hop" initially functioned, a form of self-expression that could reflect upon, proclaim an alternative to, try and challenge or merely evoke the mood of the circumstances of such an environment. Even while it continues in contemporary history to develop globally in a flourishing myriad of diverse styles, these foundational elements provide stability and coherence to the culture. The term is frequently used mistakenly to refer in a confining fashion to the mere practice of rap music.
In honor of Kanye’s SNL performance tonight I’ve listed my 50 favorite Kanye West songs, including features and collaborations. Because of short notice, only the top ten have descriptions. Enjoy and debate. 50. DJ Khaled Feat. Kanye West, Consequence and John Legend – Grammy Family Grammy Family 49. John Legend feat. Kanye West – Number [...]
Earl Sweatshirt OFWGKTA. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. A name that has been all over the internet for a few years now, with their numerous members, different albums, crazy live shows and now a clothing brand? Safe to say that Odd Future are definitely at the top of their game at the moment. [...]
The integration of genres in music has become a new style in itself. The electro-experimental band, Little Dragon, has over the years experimented with music; appealing to the masses and the minority with their nouvelle-styles. But recently, they have gone down the [...]
Organizers of one of Britain’s best-known music festivals on Tuesday have backed up their decision to keep Jay-Z as the headline, despite the complaints received from several rock stars, “headlined” by Noel Gallagher. The outdoor Glastonbury festival is really important for brits, and well… most just don’t think it’s right to have a rap artist [...]
[tag]Kanye West[/tag], [tag]hip-hop[/tag] artist-producer, has recently announced that his third major label album release has been pushed forward from September to August. Kanye recently featured on 25 tracks Louis Vuitton mixtape, that massively circulated around the internet and contained some teasers from the new record. A lot of big names are said to have collaborated [...]