Hip hop is both a genre of music that features rhythmic rhyming lyrics and an artistic subculture influenced by hip hop music.

Since the late 1970s, hip hop culture has been known for elements that include rapping (or chanting lyrics), graffiti art, turntable DJing, and variations on breakdancing. The name hip hop originally referred to 1950s teen dance parties, and later to the South Bronx parties where rap and hip hop were born. As the Sugarhill Gang says in 1980s song "Rapper's Delight": "I said a hip hop / The hippie to the hippie / The hip hip a hop, and you don't stop."

Definitions of hip-hop

n genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged

rap, rap music
Type of:
African-American music, black music
music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
popular music, popular music genre
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)

n an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city

Type of:
youth culture
young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture

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