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A Brief History of Rap Hip-Hop Culture In The UKMatthew Sweeney280500 Rap emerged as a style of music in the mid to late 1970s although precedents of the form can be heard being used over the beats of blues tracks as far back as the early 1960s To determine the exact birth of rap would as Dyson 1993 suggests be a tricky process that depends on when one acknowledges a particular cultural expression or product as rap p3 However the release of the song by the Sugarhill Gang Rappers Delight in 1979 is most likely to be the track hailed as the roots of the rap song as we recognise it today As rap began to be accepted by the black youths of America initially in its city of origin New York the art form began to evolve and artists started to use the performance of rap songs to speak out Rappers and the rap songs they produced began to describe the social economic and political factors that gave birth to this musical style and continued to contribute to the development of this new found form of expression These factors included poverty drug abuse violent past-times police brutality and generally living on the wrong side of the law As interest in rap began to expand and grow it was also giving rise to the birth of a new culture an identity to be associated with the music this became known as the Hip-Hop culture Hip-Hop culture included more than just listening to rap music it involved other new art forms such as break-dancing and graffiti art All of this in combination with the unique style of clothing worn was the embodiment of Hip-Hop culture By the early 1980s young black Americans in inner city areas could be seen break-dancing to the beats and scratches of rap music on street corners that were littered with the bright colours of graffiti The British experience of rap
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