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A genre of popular music that developed in the 1970s as a subculture within the African-American and Hispanic youth in New York City. By the early 1980s, this music had a broad appeal and moved into the mainstream music scene in the U.S. and eventually spread to numerous countries around the globe. 

Hip-hop is characterized by stylized rhythms behind raps (or a rhyming chanting without melody). It will often include scratching effects, or a rhythmic sound created by using a turntable to move a vinyl record back and forth. This music was the inspiration for the development of break dancing. Beatboxing, or creating the sounds of percussion instruments with the voice, became popular through hip-hop. Since its beginnings, this genre has continued to evolve, utilizing the most current technologies to create effects.


Last Updated: 2017-02-23 15:36:49