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1. Hip hop is ubiquitous throughout the world (its “global-ness”): In some form or another, a local or regional hip hop culture exists in almost every country. 2. According to the U.S. Department of State, hip hop is "now the center of amega music and fashion industry around the world," that breaks down socialbarriers and cuts across racial lines.3. “For most music-addicted earthlings, hip hop culture is the predominant globalyouth subculture of today.”4. Hip hop’s globally common function serves as the voice of society’sdisenfranchised, oppressed, marginalized, or repressed [any 2 of the 4terms], that challenges the status quo.5. “Irrespective of its projected values, the music continues to provide a sense ofidentity shared among its artists and audiences around the globe.”6. Its American roots (and afro-American primarily) is universally recognized,yet each local culture has adapted it in ways both musically andthematically to make it their own.7. “Perhaps the very fact that its musical components were, technically,