AFA week 12 - Herculoids.” Rap caught on quickly in New...

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Word count: 313 In this week’s reading titled “The History of Hip Hop” written by Davey D, Davey discusses the beginnings and subsequent development and growth of hip-hop and rap music in the early 70’s. Davey begins with the popular definition of rap one might find from the public, defining it as “[the] reciting of rhymes to the best of music.” Rap music is indeed an expressive auditory outlet that’s roots hold true deep within African culture including ancient oral traditions that have contributed to facilitating the growth of hip- hop in society over the past half-century. A Jamaican dj, by the name of Kool Herc is credited with the start of hip-hip mixing up fresh breaks in the West Bronx. Although New Yorkers were not interested in reggae at the time emceeing (what would soon become known as rap), the development of the evolving party shout helped Kool Herc and his friends Coke La Rock and Clark Kent became the first emcee team known as “Kool Herc and the
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Unformatted text preview: Herculoids.” Rap caught on quickly in New York just as many other verbal/rhyme games had in the past, appealing as a form of expression to young urban New Yorkers. Rap o³ered a never ending challenge that could be improved on by anyone willing to put some Tme and e³ort into it. Hip hop originally consisted of four components: gra´T, break dancing, dj’ing and emceeing; hip hop is the culture from which we saw rap emerge from over Tme. Hip hop has since, over Tme, evolved into a dynamic lifestyle- a lifestyle with its own language, clothing style, musical expression and even mind set. ±he driving force behind the dynamic components of hip hop culture was focused around young people’s rejecTon of the older generaTon’s ideas and values. Young people wanted to be seen and heard in a new voice and hip hop was the answer for many....
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