The Hip Hop culture revolves around four key activities: rapping, graffiti art, breakdancing and DJing. It originated in the South Bronx area of New York City during the early 1970s, and articulated the values and attitudes of the urban inner-city youth (Rose 1994).
During the 1980s, Hip Hop became more than just a culture, but also a profitable commodity, with Hip Hop music, fashion, and entertainment consumed across the world.
some clothing is very much related to the hip hop culture, the biggest being the base ball cap, fat shoe laces, baggy jeans, oversized tops and gold and diamonds.
Hip Hop culture is more segregated than ever and that is truly reflective of the way things are in this country currently. You have your commercial pop acts, and then there are your grimy underground acts, moving from there to the more “organic” poetic sound and so forth and so on. Each particular sound has a built in niche audience and there has been little reason to galvanize all of the forces for one. It is amazing to read how in Brazil, England and other countries how whole Hip Hop concerts are built about political movement and resistance but here in the states, we’re doing summer jams for Pepsi and Budweiser. Yes, these large companies reportedly give back to urban areas and youth charities, but it is replete with the looming specter of commercialism and consumerism.
in a metaphorical sense, hip-hop culture has become a global language largely because of its ability to speak both to and through youth, creating a cultural free space that heads around the world have sought as a site of identification, a place where they can be(come) themselves by fashioning their languages, styles, attitudes, and both physical and political stances in ways that often challenge dominant cultures.