(The Elements of Hiphop) Decoded by Mobxthedon

In the last article I stated that Hiphop is made up of five keys elements, with progress and time they became nine but in this article I&#...

In the last article I stated that Hiphop is made up of five keys elements, with progress and time they became nine but in this article I'll be focusing on the first five key elements which are DeeJaying, Mceeing, b-boying, graffiti and fashion.These five key elements are the cradle of one of the most popular cultures in present day.
The influence of Hiphop has helped in shaping world leaders, creating employment, imparting powerful massages across the different races and their respective nations. Hiphop has helped in bridging gaps between many of the modern day music genres. In its over 30 years of existence, hiphop has become a billion dollar industry and it's on the verge to creating its first billion dollar hiphop artist(s).
Now let us decode the five elements.

Is the art of taking a collection of songs that blend together and finding a way to mix them together at key moments to keep people dancing on the floor. The person who does this job is known as a 'dj', short for disc jockey. Deejaying was the 1st key element in the creation of Hiphop. With two turntables, some old records and whole lot of practice, the deejaying element was made. The dj played the role of the producers in present day, he created the beats that mcs would rap to, he did this by looping old songs on vinyls that they had grown up listening to. He looped the (Get down part) the part on a song were there are no vocals but the drums and the bass would be banging. He would loop it to the length of a real song, so there was 3 mins of raw drums and bass, this is the part were b-boys and b-girls (dancers) would really get down, battle and show their skills. This also created room for the mc to lay his bars/lyrics/poetry and so the mc /rapper which back then they called the wordsmith was created.

Is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates rhyme, rhythmic speech and street vernacular language and 'Mc' or rapper is the name given to the person who does this art form. After coming up with this 'hip' way of playing old songs and making them 'hop', the dj needed a 'hype man' to hype up his set by chants, shout outs, rhymes to drive the crowd wild. This lead to the creation of the second element MCing/ rapping.
So we now had the dj playing the music, scratching the records, looping the breakdown/ get down parts and the rapper/ mc complimenting the Dj's set with rhymes, chants and a unique delivery of vocals which later was called flowing or rapping. This lead to the formation of the third element b-boying/b-girling (dancing)

B-Boying/B-Girling (Break Dancing)
Is a style of street dance that originated primarily among African Americans and Puerto Rican youths in the Bronx. Break dancing was the in thing because not only did you  have to know the music but youu had to know how to dance it as well and by and large, this lead to the formation of crews of break dancers that complimented the music played by the dj and the raps being done by the mc. B-boys and b-girls would wear matching clothes colors and do dance battles. This ultimately made hiphop more visible and gear, fashion, 'freshness' was a major contributing factor. This created the fourth element fashion/ swagg

Hiphop managed to come up with its own way of dressing. You can spot a rapper, dj or b-boy by the way they dress. From rocking brand logo sneakers like the famous Pumas, Adidas, Nikes, Jordans, hiphop made the sneaker culture what it is today because your gear needs to be fresh, unique, street and out of this world!
Successful rappers created their own fashion labels and iconic names such as Wu-wear, Roca-wear and Sean John, just to name a few, easily come to mind. Swagg/ fashion became a requirement in the hiphop culture and is now a billion dollar industry excluding the music .

Last but not least is the graffiti, the link between hiphop and graffiti evolved as a competition, much like break-dancing, graffiti began to show up on subways in NewYork and other cities as a form of expression of the culture and those who were influenced by the music.
In present day, the graffiti artists have evolved to graphic designers who in-turn come up with the visual arts side of hiphop.

These are the five key elements of Hiphop, to get a better understanding of these elements and the birth of Hiphop you can watch series like (The Get Down) and ( The breaks)



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(The Elements of Hiphop) Decoded by Mobxthedon
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