44th Anniversary: True History of Hip-Hop!

August 12, 2017

 

 
44th anniversary of hip hop, history of hip hop
 
Throughout the years many people have listened to the story telling, African American origin or created, strong and exceptional beat fueled musical genre called Hip-Hop. Still, many different accounts of where the history of the genre started is a bit sketchy on one end. One side or 88% say that Black Americans undisputedly created the genre with other stating that Puerto Rican people of the Bronx contributed to the creation of the art form. The true history of hip-hop date far back before either account. The true origins of Hip-Hop started in Africa or West Africa and was an art form called toasting. During the Atlantic Slave Trade, The African people were taken to Islands like Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Continents like South America and later brought Africans to America. The African people brought over the knowledge of the art form and the knowledge of the West African origin instruments like the Banjo, Harp, and even Mbira aka the first Piano. The art form was passed down throughout the ages in places like Jamaica and America predominantly.
 
The art form was used in Jamaica (who are Black just like black Americans and the people of Africa) and was said to be also influenced by the African creation of Hip Hop was the MC speaks in a rhyming format over reggae music. The form also came from Africa and was a traditional art form. Jamaica is also where the first term for Djing came about and way called Deejay, which in turn Djing led to the creation of the genre called Techno, which was created by three African American (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May) teens in Detroit 1980. Later it was also revealed that not only were the people of the Jamaican Island toasting but their African counterparts who were in America were doing the same thing. People like Little Richard who was called the creator of Rock N' Roll or Rock for short can also be heard speaking extremely fast liken to raping but not singing on a few occasions in the mid-50s and even 60s. However, he did it also to stop Pat Boone and other Caucasian singers from stealing and making money off his songs and to also sound different. 
 
Later counterparts like the extremely Legendary soul group called the Temptations could also be heard raping too. The group rapped on at least one occasion through their song called "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" that was released in 1970. You can hear the group raping during the set of lyrics when they say "Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation." The group rap altogether and it sounds just like a rap, which it is. Then came the first solo rapper Dj Kool Herc in 1973 and later came the group named The Sugar Hill Gang who brought the rap sort of to the forefront as the first official rap group. During historical research, all signs point at the form coming from Africa which can be passed down to the Black people of America which include the people of Jamaica and more so to the African American people. It should be noted that James Brown also raped from time to time and in 1962 his drummer Layton Fillyau introduces a sound that is now known as the break beat. The break beat would later inspire the b-boy movement, as breakers danced to these beats at block parties.
 
Still, may the people of Puerto  Rican descent who most are all more so part of the African diaspora (As Black Americans and Jamiacans) also have had influence in Hip-Hop? The answer to this question is yes and no. Just because someone is around when a certain group brings out a traditional art form that was already here does not mean they had anything with it seeing that it was already part of the certain person culture. Now, even though blacks created Hip-Hop and other races were around and enjoyed the art form after it was created already, the people of Puerto Rican descent did include in some of the iconic dances that also had African origin like Break Dancing which they did with the African American people of NY. 
 
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By. James Emilio Rodríguez Johnson

 

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