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How would you define Hip-Hop?

Asked by Magnus (2871points) May 18th, 2008

I’m really curious about how people who’s not too found of the genre would define it. Because of the way popular Hip-Hop is today, I completely understand if you think it’s ridiculous. Auto-tune and MySpace has really messed things up in my opinion. And I think it has become to much of a synonym with gangsters and pimping. Please name some Hip-Hop artists you like or have heard of also.

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Allie's avatar

I think anything about gangsters and pimping is rap.
Hip-hop is something with good scratches, cuts, and bass, meaning, and good emcee-ing.
Example:
A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Pharcyde, Heiroglyphics, Aceyalone, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and yes, bulbatron, Wu-Tang Clan.
<3
P.S.- This kind of makes it sound like I don’t like rap (which is false because I do like rap), but I definitely think there is a difference between rap and hip-hop.

Magnus's avatar

You have a very good taste Allie!

Allie's avatar

Magnus: Thanks!! =D

buster's avatar

doing headspins and bombing walls is hip-hop.

eambos's avatar

What they call “Hip Hop” today is garbage. Allie already said what it really is.

All I know is that I’m going to Rock the Bells at Jones beach Ampitheatre and more than half the bands you mentioned are there, with a tribe called quest as one of the headliners.

Allie's avatar

Eambos: Gah! I’m so jealous!

Edit: I just checked and it’s going to be in SF in August. I’m going to try to go. Wow, thanks for the heads up!

eambos's avatar

I got great seats at the box office for $80 and they’re already selling for $150 on others sites! Get em quick befre you miss your chance!

hearkat's avatar

Add The Roots to Allie’s list

Allie's avatar

hearkat: Fuck yes! I love Seed 2.0

cheebdragon's avatar

can’t spell crap without rap…...

I only like the old school shit, I sware to god it seems like everyone and their cousin are trying to be a rapper these days.

Allie's avatar

cheebdragon: I can understand why you would say that. There are some pretty shitty rappers out there, but I also think there are some talented ones (Slug? Sage Francis?).

Wine3213's avatar

I also like Lupe Fiasco. He’s amazing.

cheebdragon's avatar

Who and who? Never heard of them

Wine3213's avatar

Lupe Fiasco is a hip-hop artist from Chicago. He’s one of the only new guys out that have true lyrical talent, and he doesn’t talk about pimping and drugs. You should check him out.

cheebdragon's avatar

I always thought a tribe called quest was more like R&B, no?

Wine3213's avatar

@cheeb They are almost purely Hip-Hop. If you think their R&B, I’d like to know who else you would consider R&B. :)

Magnus's avatar

Some of you say that there’s a difference between rap and Hip-Hop. That is correct, but it’s not two different genres, one being the conscious one and the other being the commercial.
The way I see it, Hip-Hop is the culture itself containing four main elements: MC-ing (Rapping), DJ-ing, street art/graffiti and breakdancing. The rap is just the act of moving a crowd or “spitting” rhymes.
I can write a five page essay on who I like in Hip-Hop, but instead you can check out my last.fm page.
The people currently making money of the so called Hip-Hop game, people like Lil’ Wayne and Soulja Boy doesn’t deserve to be called Hip-Hop, I refer to it as Hip-Pop.

Wine3213's avatar

@Magnus You summed it up right there. Much props.

cheebdragon's avatar

My bad, I was thinking of a different group, I had to consult my “homie” on it, ironically he is a rap artist and so is his cousin, seriously LOL.
If your bored you can check out one of his songs at emmaculate team

bulbatron9's avatar

Del the funky homosapien

Allie's avatar

Magnus: Well put. I couldn’t agree more.

Allie's avatar

Also, Dilated Peoples.

LuvBubble's avatar

Wine knows the deal!

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