I apologize for being a day behind, so today you get a two-fer. For R in the A-Z Challenge, I’m going to focus on Rap/Hip-Hop beginnings. Generally speaking, most people agree that rap and hip-hop originated in the Bronx.
I’m listing an excerpt from an article written by an old school rapper, Kurtis Blow:
The History Of Rap: Vol. 1: The Genesis
‘In the early 1970s a musical genre was born in the crime-ridden neighborhoods of the South Bronx. Gifted teenagers with plenty of imagination but little cash began to forge a new style from spare parts. Hip-hop, as it was then known, was a product of pure streetwise ingenuity; extracting rhythms and melodies from existing records and mixing them up with searing poetry chronicling life in the ‘hood, hip-hop spilled out of the ghetto.’
Read the entire article here.
About.com describes it this way:
Hip-hop is a form of popular music that’s comprised mainly of four elements: emceeing, deejaying, graffiti and breakdancing*. As hip-hop evolves into big business, new elements are constantly being added to the culture. Today, hip-hop is also a cultural lifestyle that impacts fashion trends, lingo, trends, and attitudes.
Rap vs. Hip-Hop: Rap is a form of music that originated from hip-hop culture.
Hip-hop is a lifestyle with its own lingo, dress code, etc. In the words of KRS-One, “hip-hop is something you live, rap is something you do.”
*The old school term is B-boying. I briefly dated a guy back in the early ’80’s whose brother was a B-boy. Interestingly enough, I wound up spending more time with his brother than I did with him. He was a fantastic dancer. A group of us would ride with him and his crew on the #4 train and watch them entertain the passengers while heading to Grand Central. They’d wear all white outfits from their hats their sneakers. By the time we got off the train they had pockets full of money.
Then we’d all head over to Times Square and they would put on a rockin’ street show and battle each other. It was a sight to behold. I miss those days.
Did you know the following people were born in the Bronx?
- Roberts, Tanya – Actress
- Reiner, Rob – Actor, Director, Producer, Activist
- Reiner, Carl – Standup Comedian, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Singer
- Reilly, Charles Nelson – Actor, Comedian, Director, Drama Teacher (1931-2007)
Are you falling behind yet in the challenge? Ever hear of B-boying before today? How’s your Wednesday going?