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The Hip Hop Lexicon 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 battle. Flow: flow describes a lyricists’cadence. It is in the interaction of words with musical arrangements, with beat or the way the lyricists creates the rhythm with words; the interchanging of words with rhythmic patterns MC: traditionally, mc has stood for master of ceremonies. This is the same in the realm of hip hop culture. Rapping: rhyming is synonymous with the word rapping Old school: reminiscent of past processes, virtues, or actions Underground: underground refers to music that is not mainstream/radio Whack: this word is used to describe work of poor quality, someone that is a nuisance, or that it reflects a poor decision. Beef: as disagreement or conflict Bite: plagiarism. To steal styles, concepts or lyrics from someone else (highly subjective) The bomb: describing something of high quality Crew: organized group of writers/ rappers/ MC’s Def: excellent (derived from definite) Dope: excellent, of 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) Roland tr-808 drum machine defined the sound of hip hop for many years replaced drummers and live musicians Kanye west named his fourth album 808s& heartbreak Electro-funk Afrika Bambaataa born: Kevin Donovan, April; 19, 1957 origin: south Bronx, New York city known as the father of electro funk created electro funk, style of funk driven by synthesizers and the electronic rhythm of the tr-808 drum machine the single planet rock serves as the archetype for electro funk Afrika Bambaataa & soul sonic force, planet rock” planet rock the album, 1982.