Overview Of Hip Hop Producers At The Beginning Of Hip Hop

July 21, 2014

Hip Hop originated in New York in the 70s. DJ Afrika Bambaataa first identified the five pillars of Hip Hop culture: mcing, DJing, breakdancing, graffiti and knowledge (Hip Hop philosophy). Other elements include beatboxing, hip hop fashion and slang. Originating in the South Bronx in the 1970s, Hip Hop has become part of youth culture in many countries. Hip Hop producers in Los Angeles have grown in numbers to match its popularity.

Since the late 1990s hip hop has gradually turned into a prominent part of the music industry, and by the middle of the first decade of this century, the subculture has become fashionable and mainstream. It is divided into a plurality of directions. Each trend independent enough to carry its own meaning.

Graffiti – spraying on walls, trains and everything else. Behind it there is often a philosophy that if the streets can be filled with graffiti and other junk, you fill it with art. Beat Boxing – performing instrumental music beats with the mouth, which in many ways may sound as though it is being played on real instruments. Some talented beat boxers sing or rap even while they make a rhythm.

The five elements together are what many perceive as Hip Hop, and they are the pillars of the subculture. However, there are several other things associated with the genre. Clothes and overall appearance are an important part of culture. Elements, context, content and number are often discussed – and originally there were only four elements. These have now grown into seven. For example, knowledge of the sub-culture has been added as an important element.

Hip Hop concept of subcultural contexts started in the 1970s when the Jamaican -born Clive Campbell known as DJ Kool Herc, moved to New York. He tried to make rhymes of his Reggae beats to Block Parties. Contemporary New Yorkers were not so crazy about reggae so Kool Herc had to try something new. He began using small instrumental bits of contemporary hit songs as he repeated (looped) indefinitely by use of a mixer and two turntables with the same plate.

The word hip used in African American dialect meant moving parts of the human body. The word hop points to the movement (jump). According to philosophy behind the subculture, this means intellectual movement. Rapper Keith Wiggins, with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are linked to the formation of hip hop. When teased by friends who were drafted into the army, they sang in a jazz manner of speech, thus simulating the rhythm of marching soldiers. Keith later developed a rhythm of hip hop as part of his stage performance.

DJ Kool Herc introduced this form using his microphone and space players, however, rap was not entirely unknown in United States, instead it was a case of rediscovery in a new guise, this inspired many to get up and participate as Masters of Ceremony also known as MCs. In addition, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, the Black Panther Party mentioned that he could see the violent approach did not help people in his block and created The Zulu Nation, thereby helped to create the foundation of hip-hop culture.

Often, the best breakers made peace between opposing gangs rather than fighting. Dance was now used to settle scores. In this way, gangs could battle (break dance) to prove the best gang. The loser would agree not to encroach into the neighborhood of winners. Unfortunately, these battles did not always stop the gang warfare. There are many types of hip hop producers in Los Angeles and New York these days and the genre has moved to the mainstream.

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