Fully Appreciating Hip-Hop: Where Do We Begin?

Although it’s not an officially recognized holiday, this month marked a special occasion (Hip-Hop Appreciation Week) for the millions of people who have been influenced by a culture born out of the plight of American, urban poverty and ancestrally-rooted in creativity at its best.

Since its birth nearly 40 years ago in The Bronx, Hip-Hop has been embraced, adored, and imitated by the masses. It has been borrowed from rampantly by the mainstream over time, becoming the sentiment that defines everything cool and trendy, the sought-after sound that moves most crowds, and the dictionary that defines pop culture slang.

But what is it?

Well. It’s much more than music and jive talk. Over time, Hip-Hop and Rap have become nearly and incorrectly synonymous. But certainly, to those of us who have been raised by it and have it pulsing through our veins, we know it goes far beyond speaker systems and studio booths.

Hip-Hop is a notion, an ideal, a state of being, a way of walking and talking, an against the grain attitude, the spirit of the underdog, a spray painted tag on a wall, and much more. It’s gargantuan – possibly too huge to be defined properly – so instead we’ve interpreted it…through our gear, hairstyles, slang, bop, and other expressions of love.

And while a large chunk of the majority still portrays many of us Hip-Hop heads as hoodied hooligans, we, the wiser, know we’ve been onto something good for years now. Just turn on the TV and the radio, look up at the billboards, ponder the protests, and peek into the closets and iPods of kids from Tallahassee to Toronto to Taiwan.

What we’ve amassed in 40 years is worth celebrating and preserving, as our multi-generational status has now cemented our staying power. Now, it’s time to pop bottles, innovate musically, and inspire the youth with our positivity and political power.

Little old us? We (still) out’chea.

Hip-Hop rules.

All week long, AllHipHop.com is paying respects Hip-Hop. Check back in for our love letter to the culture!

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  • water_ur_seeds

    I wonder all them years ago, what people like Kool Herc and them would of said, if they got sneak look into the future and saw how massive, the about of money and the impact hip hop would have on life worldwide 2day, like it creating billionaires and literally dictating life for people worldwide, its just crazy… Dude wouldnt of believed it lol

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  • johnblacksad

    “I can do a whole eighth in a sniff some call it a problem but I call it a gift” -Sean P
    “They say money ain’t everything, you damn right it’s the only thing” -Shyne Po

    Yeah, it’s that against the grain attitude that i love! …and also mos definitely the knowledge ninjaz be droppin… believe me, the ghetto knows it all and i put that on Kool G Rap!

    Much love to Pac, Big, Pun, L, Jam Master J, Eazy, OD fuggin B!, Guru, Nate Dogg, Dilla, Baby Girl & Left Eye, Freaky Tah… everybody else i forgot… thank you all!

  • yea ded prez ! that is the JOINT