What is Hip-hop?
Hip-hop is not just a musical or dance direction. It is a lifestyle and a way of self-expression of the younger generation.
In the early 20th century, hip-hop had a pronounced social orientation in its work: it protested against injustice, domination of money, corruption. Then, gradually, became fashionable, and hence the commercial trend. Nevertheless, now in hip-hop environment hip-hop there are many performers, representing original opposition lines to the power in creativity.
Hip-hop is a musical genre that combines rhythmic music and recitative imposed upon it, sometimes adding a melodic verse.
The word “hip” comes from African American dialect and refers to the moving parts of the human body. In addition, the word “hip” is used in the meaning of “knowledge acquisition, improvement”. The word “hop” means “jump”. By combining these two words we get the basic idea of the whole direction of hip-hop – moving forward, development, and understanding of modern life.
Types of Hip-hop
There are several types of hip-hop:
Alternative Rap – mix of different genres, adding equal elements of funk and pop/rock, as well as jazz, soul, reggae and even folk.
Dirty Rap – devoted exclusively to the topic of sex. Heavy Miami bass is on the basis of this type of rap. Most of compositions are intended only for parties and “warm up” the crowd, but rarely have an interesting meaning.
East Coast Rap – the first kind of rap in hip-hop era. From the middle to the end of 80-ies, this style has sought to more aggressive bits and combinations of samples, and many rappers were proud of their technical professionalism in relation to text content.
West Coast Rap – dominated the scene in the mid90s.
Foreign Rap – hip-hop with rap inserts in any foreign language except English and Spanish. This style has European roots.
Freestyle – developed together with modern styles as electro and house.