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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