Hip-hop/Rap

Hip-hop is a youth subculture emerged in the late 70s in the USA within the Afro-American community. The style if characterized by having its own music (also known as hip-hop music), slang, fashion, dance styles (break dance), graffiti, and even cinematograph. By the early 90s hip-hop gained its popularity with the teenagers all around the world.

Birth: 1978 Bloom: 1992

The style consists of two main elements – rapping (a rhythmic and rhyming speech) and rhythms set by DJs; at the same time some tracks successfully exist without rapping. The style was developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. While often used to refer to rapping, «hip hop» more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing and scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Nowadays, hip-hop is one of most commercially successful kinds of entertaining music and stylistically hip-hop is represented by a number of sub genres. In Russia hip-hop has only started its way in show business.


Hip-hop became the first kind of music that fully and originally represents the ideology of modern African-American culture. This ideology was built on the antagonism of American Anglo-Saxon culture, that is why the hip-hop style as an inseparable part of Negro culture will be developing further.

Deriative styles: Abstract Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap, Beatboxing, British Rap, Comedy Rap, Crunk, Dirty Rap, Diss, East Coast Rap, Freestyle, Future Bass, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap, Glitch Hop, Hardcore rap, Horrorcore, Jazz-Rap, Live Looping, Old School Rap, Pop Rap, R&B, Southern Rap, Trap, Turntablism, Twerk, West Coast Rap

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