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What Is Hip-Hop

By Yakira Levi | Hip-hop is a culture of creative expression built upon rhythmic break beats, scratches, and loops presented by the DJ, poetic storytelling chanted by the MC, intricate break dance moves of B-Boys defying gravity, the beauty of aerosol created Graffiti Art painted with visual appeal and the cultural influence or self-awareness exhibited by individual expressions of hip-hop arts.
Hip-Hop started with a man of African American and Jamaican Descent; a black man named Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc. Hip-Hop was born organically, on August 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc was the DJ for a “Back to School Jam” party for his sister, in the community room of their apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York, USA.
DJ Kool Herc created hip-hop music by extending the breakdown of songs with great drum rhythm tracks. The prolonged tracks let toast makers MC and dancers break over the instrumental or breakbeat much longer than the original record would allow…

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