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Evolution of Hip-Hop and Influence on Youth Culture

Evolution of Hip-Hop and Influence on Youth Culture

Hip hop incorporates elements of funk, as well as jazz, rock & roll, blues, salsa, pop music, and even disco, which aided in the emergence of hip hop in the South Bronx in the mid-1970s. In this article we observe the evolution of Hip-Hop and its influence on youth culture.

Hip hop was made feasible by two events. First, New York public schools eliminated music from Junior High and High School, leaving students with musical interests without a venue to pursue their passion.

Influence of Hip-Hop on Youth Culture

Disco was too sweet for urban youth, and the hustle dance wasn’t trendy enough for them, so they disliked the disco music that had replaced funk on the radio. Bronx deejays began purchasing two versions of the same album in order to isolate the break and repeat it by switching between them.

Most songs feature instrumental-funky-drum portions that serve as a break. “The b-boyz and b-girlz began breaking dance as a result of this. The last step involved the deejay or party host taking a microphone and yelling out to everyone in attendance, a process known as toasting, which evolved into impromptu rhymes known as emceeing—now rapping. Attitude, graffiti, dancing, deejaying, and emceeing/rapping are the five aspects of hip hop.” Arturo Gomez, former Zulu Nation chapter leader and elder who grew up in the South Bronx shared.

Instead of fighting with violence, the Zulu Nation uses dancing, graf, deejaying, and emceeing to offer an alternative to gang violence. The Youth Culture has found a dynamic turn from over the years to the evolution of Hip-Hop.

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