It’s Like That.

Hip hop can be defined as the culture of form of ground breaking music and self expression. Hip hop has a variety of genres as well as the four main elements including DJing, MCing, Breaking and Graffiti. To the average person hiphop is considered entertainment or a form of art however to others it is so much more . Hip hop is an evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youth that keeps reacting itself in a never ending cycle.

What once originated in African and African-American culture, hip-hop has evolved into a global phenomenon as it has spread across national, cultural, ethnic and linguistic boundaries.  The globalisation of hip-hop not only highlights how quickly things can spread, but also how technological advances have created new circulation channels for music production.

According to April Henderson’s ‘Dancing Between Islands: Hip Hop and the Samoan Diaspora’, the Samoan involvement in street dance and music in California significantly impacted Samoan cultural production in other places where Samoans had settled such as New Zealand. For many hip-hop artists in New Zealand, the connections with America, particularly California, brought popping, locking, breaking and the music back home to them. These forms of California street dance were travelling quickly, as Samoans were popping and locking on the streets of California, their cousins back home began to mimic their moves and therefore learn the art.

Today, rappers and hip hop artists are believed to portray self- degrading images of themselves and due to their song lyric and music videos. An example of an Artist is Nicki Minaj who have brought a new dynamic such as provocative dance movements have taken hip hop to a whole new level. Hip hop is no longer an art form for the expression of culture and emotion. Through the use of violence, sex, wealth, power and egos within in hip hop in particular music videos it appears hip hop has taken a step back and those who were once able to voice opinions are no longer able to.


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