The Beginning of Hip-Hop

By Tre Lopushinsky on February 12, 2018

Hip-hop has become one of the most popular genres in the world, but most fans don’t know about its origins. It all started as an underground movement in the 1970s. The South Bronx of New York is hip-hop’s home, starting with house parties where DJ’s would sample different genres of music such as Funk and Disco to get the party started. These parties were created to bring people together. DJ Kool Herc created “Breaks” which were isolated and repeated beats in funk songs to get people dancing all night long. Funk was a huge influence towards the beginning of hip-hop.

 When we think of hip-hop now we think of the rappers on the track. DJ Kool Herc is credited with creating the blueprint for hip-hop music and the culture. Herc brought the Jamaican tradition of Toasting to these house parties, which is boastful poetry and speech over music. This turned into Emceeing, the rhythmic spoken delivery of rhymes and wordplay over a beat.

 During the creation of hip-hop, DJ’s such as Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and so many more would take Dj’s and Emcee’s under their wing creating groups to spearhead the movement. Melle Mel who was part of The Furious Five, is known as the first rapper to refer to himself as an emcee. The Message is also one of the first songs amongst hip-hop to talk about the life on the streets of African Americans in New York. The first popular hip-hop tracks before that like “Rappers Delight” and “The Breaks” were simply party starters. That boasted about being a rapper.

There has always been an argument towards “the firsts” within most subjects in hip-hop. To hip-hop heads, DJ Hollywood is the first rapper in hip-hop, making him the “father” of the hip-hop style. His DJ sets would include singing, rhyming and call and response, where he interacted with the crowd. This only scratches the surface of hip-hop. Listen to The Morning Rhyme on when PG Show and Tre Jordan delve more into the 70’s of hip-hop.

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