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MUSI 2520 – Class 5 The Arrival of Hip Hop, Part II West Coast Dance Styles Dance styles that avolved independently on the West Coast from the late 60s on are also an important … The first type of professional street dance was called “Locking” “Locking” branched out into 5 different categories: oTicking oStruttin’ oPopping oBoogaloo oHittin’ The 1983 film Flashdance was the first to feature break dancing and provided the West Coast … A hybrid of East/West Coast breaking The Hip Hop Lexicon A unique lexicon/argot has been an important element of African-American culture going all the way back to the Swing and Bebop of the30s and 40s Vocabulary Beats: Many MC’s call the music they perform to beats. Their producers “make beats”Freestyle: To vocally improvise or make up rhymes in lyrical fashion across a range of subject matter, or in a “DIS-ing” fashion, in battleFlow: Describes a lyricist’s cadence. It is in the interaction of words w/ musical arrangements, w/ beats of the way the lyricist creates the rhythm w/words; the intermingling MC: This is the same in the realm of Hip Hop
Rapping: Rhyming synonymous w/ rapping Old School: Reminiscent of past processes Underground: Refers to music that is not mainstream/radio Whack: Used to describe work of poor quality, someone that is a nuisance Beef: A disagreement/conflict Bite: Plagiarism. To steal styles, concepts, lyrics The Bomb: Describing something of high quality Crew: Organized group of writers/Rappers/MCs Def: Excellent (derived from definite) Dope: Excellent, of the highest order Diss: To discount, reduce or reject Down: Willing to participate DT: Plain clothes police officer or detective 5-0: Slang for police (Derived from the television series Hawaii 5-0)