Origins of Hip-Hop –

Written by on January 2, 2020

“Where Hip – Hop Lives”



The Term Hip-Hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s.

Hip-Hop (Rap) have many important influences—R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock & Roll Performers; Poets, and Writers like Iceberg Slim; and stylistic forebears like Muhammad Ali and Richard Pryor.

In the early years of Hip-Hop, the DJs were the stars. MC’s such as Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel of Grand Master Flash’s crew, the Furious Five,developed strong rapping skills in the 1970s.

Founder_of_the_New_York_State_College_Fair_Day_Ronald_SavageIn 1990, Ronald “Bee-Stinger” Savage son of The Hip-Hop Movement, coined the term “Six elements of the Hip Hop Movement,” inspired by Public Enemy’s recordings.

Elements: Consciousness Awareness, Civil Rights Awareness, Activism Awareness, Justice, Political Awareness, and Community Awareness in music.


A-17550-1394264853-6426.jpegThe song “Rapper’s Delight” released in 1979 by The Sugarhill Gang, begins with the phrase “I said a Hip-Hop, the hippie the hippie to the hip Hip -Hop, and you don’t stop”.

picture-439Hip-Hop pioneer and South Bronx community leader Afrika Bambaataa also credits Love-bug Starski as the first to use the term “hip hop” as it relates to the culture.  The words “hip hop” first appeared in print on September 21, 1982.

DJs Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash, and Jazzy Jay featured above refined and developed the use of break beats, including cutting and scratching.


Hip-Hip Famous DJs include: Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Mr. Magic, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Charlie Chase, DJ Disco Wiz, DJ Scratch from EPMD, DJ Premier from Gang Starr, DJ Scott La Rock from Boogie Down Productions, DJ Pete Rock of Pete Rock & CL Smooth, DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC, Eric B., DJ Screw from the Screwed Up Click and the inventor of the Chopped & Screwed style of mixing music; Funkmaster Flex, Tony Touch, DJ Clue, Mix Master Mike, Touch-Chill-Out, DJ Red Alert, and DJ Q-Bert.

 Hip-Hop Music in 2K10s,

the star role has increasingly been taken by MCs  &


Turntablism origins began in 2010.  “The Technic demonstrates advanced beat juggling and scratching skills” appear in competitions are called Turntablists.




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