Hip Hop: The Method of Expression

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From the impoverished section of Bronx, New York arose a youth culture that spread throughout the community like wild fire. Within the gang-ridden, drug-infested streets, a depravation of creativity forced underprivileged African American youths onto the streets in search of an output for their imagination. It was within these streets that hip-hop appeared as the product of independence, self-realization, creativity, and pride. Hip-hop began between the transformations from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s. It was during this time period, when the former gangs of the late sixties developed into the posses and crews of the early seventies. When former gang territories became perfect locations for block parties and outdoor jams.…show more content…
In the early eighties, popular sportswear brands, such as Adidas, Kangol, and Pro-Keds immersed themselves within the emerging hip-hop scene. Many hip-hop celebrities often wore brightly colored tracksuits, sneakers with oversized laces, multiple rings, and heavy gold jewelry. Popular hairstyles, like the Jheri curl or the hi-top fade also made an appearance at this time. As the culture progressed, the fashions changed drastically. For in the early nineties, hip hoppers developed a style that reflected traditional African influences, often wearing African chains, Black Nationalist colors of red, black, and green, and a hairstyle known as dreadlocks. As the nineties wined down, sportswear dominated all fads. Prominent brands, such as Ralph Lauren Polo and Tommy Hilfiger gained popularity among the hip hoppers of the time. In addition, there was a rise in popularity of throwback jerseys, produced by the company Mitchell and Ness. In present day many of the popular hip-hop fads have made a come back with a slight twist. High-end clothing brands such as Gucci and Louis Vinton have been made popular amongst hip-hop icons, often to portray a sense of class and wealth (Reese). The linguistics of the hip-hop culture are highly fluid, creative, and constantly changing. The popular dialect with the hip-hop nation has been developed by a combination of folk hymns of slaves entering the new world, the mourn of jazz and blues singers, and Jamaican dub music
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