“Don’t you wanna hear some rhymes?”
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When the word Hip Hop is mentioned most people think of -turn ups, big booty chicks dancing in music videos surrounded by flashy cars, expensive liquor and all the stuff that creates a picture of the word. The basic truth is that Hip Hop is far beyond what is heard playing on radios and seen on television. Like any other ethnic group, Hip Hop has its own practices and norms, as well as customs that are associated with it; that make it a culture. Above all, this culture has elements that give a definite definition to it; Deejaying, emceeing, Break dancing, Beat boxing and Graffiti.
In actual fact, Hip Hop is far beyond entertainment. It’s education in entertainment, which in this case can be dubbed edutainment. Simply breaking it down, it is poetry infused with education, to produce a rhythm that fanatics can be hooked up onto. Whereby, the Disk Jockey (Deejay) showcases his skills through the decks and beating making to make an individual get hooked onto the sound waves, that enables an emcee to translate the message hidden in sound waves to words. The emcee as the interpreter and master of words, gives knowledge and his perceptions, in patterns that make a rhythm; rhymes. To further show his prolificness, the emcee incorporates punch lines; words that are said and written in a stylish manner, with an intention to provoke the audience taste buds. Now, brake dancing- so often than not, dance it’s a language by its own respect, let me leave that one to you to figure it out. Beat boxing and graffiti are messages as well.
Hip-Hop, as a culture in contemporary times has lost its meaning and intended utilization. However, in as much as things seem to metamorphose for the worst, Adam Bradley, in his book ‘The Anthology of Rap’ says, “Rap is now a permanent part of our world culture. Rap is the words that the artists employ, they go deep and make statements that have the power to rock foundations.” In that regard, he is simply talking about lyricism, of which its idea is now scarce if not endangered.