The Beginnings of Hip Hop: Part 2 of 3 - The Four Core Elements of Hip Hop

Published on 1 June 2022 at 19:35

Hip hop was started by DJ Kool Herc, when he took two records and played them together focusing on the "breakbeats" of a song. This expanded and developed an art form known as Hip Hop, which can be described by the four core elements. These cores are:

1. B-Boyin'= break dancing...remember back in the day when people had boomboxes and slapped down a piece of cardboard and started break dancing? That is what B-Boyin' was all about.

2. MC-in'= rappin'...KRS-One was the first grandmaster of this artform and many will say that still there is no one that can test this man. MC-in' started with some turntables and a mic hooked up to keep the party going. It evolved into adding lyrics to the "breakbeats" that were exploding out of the speakers to build it into a song.

3. Aerosol Art= graffiti...which some people used it to mark their turf but some is used for self expression which is graffiti in it's truest form.

4. DJ-in'= cutting, mixing, and scratching records usually two at a time. DJ Kool Herc was the man that started it all. Grandmaster Flash just expanded it by bringing in many different techniques such as beatboxing with a beatbox to keep the beat going so that the beat never stopped going.

With these four cores of Hip Hop, the music expanded into nine elements of Hip Hop that turned into a culture that has kept the music going strong for four decades. 

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