This may sound redundant to many, but equally necessary to state. Hip Hop is a culture. It is a lifestyle that emerged out of the desire to overcome the oppressive socio-economic conditions that existed in the boroughs of New York City, in the early 1970's.
During this period, large segments of the Black community lived in public housing developments or "The Projects".These environments were riddled with poverty, crime, violence and drugs. Due to the density of the population and these depressing circumstances, the "Block Party" became a source elation. As a result, the DJ became an icon in the community. This rang true throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. Each had their own DJ's and party scene prior to Hip Hop having a title, and this is the foundation that Hip Hop was to be built upon.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Hip Hop was created to stop the violence. It provided an avenue for people to expressed themselves and escape the conditions through alternatives to violence. These became the four main elements of Hip Hop. DJing, Emceeing, B-Boying and Graffiti Art. These classifications were identified by "The Godfather of Hip Hop", Afrika Bambaataa.
Hailing from the Bronx, Black Spades gang member and DJ, Afrika Bambaataa visited Africa and was inspired to stop the bloodshed perpetuated by gangs and to bring unity to the community after visiting Africa and soon established the "Zulu Nation". In which he believed the key was "Peace, Unity, Love, and having Fun". Afrika Bambaataa is arguably most responsible for organizing and defining what became known as Hip Hop.
Much of what is called Hip Hop today is not of the original culture, but is an extension of coporations and their interest. Hip Hop is promoted as a form of music that is steeped criminal and socio-pathic behavior, when in reality, it embodies so much more and initially was developed to counter that.
The purpose of this page is two fold. One is to present information of the history and development of Hip Hop culture so that a more accurate understanding of it is present. The documentaries on the page cover each of the four original ele-ments and commentary about Hip Hop past and present. For those who lived it, or really understand, the essence Hip Hop culture is beautiful.
The other is to provide the music that is reflective of that culture and the energy that
created it. So there is a designation to artists who have remained true to the original formula, hard beats, witty, thought provoking lyrics, and Emcees who rhyme with a passion for the music and appreciation for the culture.
The music has always given a voice to the voiceless, so some of what will be heard depicts the reality of the situations of those in poverty and at the same time lean more towards socio-political commentary and positive messages. The most important thing is, it has to bang. Thank you for tuning in.