In the “Beyond Curious / Seeking Roots” series, we explore the origins of Hiphop and its influence on the world.
Hiphop has been a significant force in connecting people across the globe. Its art, performance, and music have created a common language that transcends cultural and national boundaries.
In the late 1970s, the rise of graffiti and other expressions of what later would be called Hiphop culture in New York City had a significant impact. The work of Graffiti Writers, DJs, B-boys, and Emcees helped to redefine the concept of what was considered “art” and would later be termed Hiphop.
From the legendary block parties with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Grandmaster Flash, to the pioneering sounds of Cold Crush Brothers and the groundbreaking recordings of Sugar Hill Gang, Hiphop has undergone a remarkable evolution. The groundbreaking song “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, the revolutionary visuals and sounds of Wild Style and Style Wars, and the influential films Beatstreet and Krush Groove have all played a significant role in shaping this unique form of artistic expression. Together, these key moments have contributed to Hiphop’s popularity and helped to make it a worldwide cultural phenomenon.
Hiphop artists blended diverse styles, promoting cross-cultural understanding and breaking barriers. The collaborative nature of Hiphop allowed for inspiration from various cultural traditions, resulting in a rich tapestry of sounds and styles that has inspired artists worldwide.
We examine the different elements of Hiphop to trace back their origins and what these elements have and will influence in the world of tomorrow! Stay tuned!
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This playlist features highlights of recorded Hiphop music, from the late 70’s till late 90’s. Some of the most important moments that shaped this genre and other genres are featured in this list. From the social-political words of Melle Mel, the rhyme schemes of Kool Moe Dee, the Furious Flow of Run DMC & LL.Cool.J to the game-changing lyrics of Rakim.
History of Hiphop music playlist by: Djaga