This issue brief offers a short history of the genre and an overview of the four elements of hip-hop. Hip-hop is a cultural movement that exploded in the early 1970s in the Bronx, New York. It draws upon the dance, poetry, visual art, social and political legacy of African, African American, Caribbean and Latino immigrant communities in the United States. Hip-hop began as an independent, non-commercial musical and cultural form of expression. Nobody thought it would ever make money. Rather, it was about enjoyment-or &"rocking the party."
This resource was developed for the Independent Lens film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes.