Birth of Hip Hop

Birth of Hip Hop

The Birth of Hip Hop

New York in the 1970's

New York City in the 1970's a fertile place for culture.  People moved into New York from all over the world and mixed in New York's 5 borroughs.

The influence of Disco

Disco was wierd.  But disco left a large number of records around that could be used to make music.  The different repetitive sounds within a disco track could be used to make beats.

The Legacy of the Beat Poets

Beat poets from multiple eras influenced hip hop by providing a style of poetry that worked well when paired with beats and background music.

The people and places of early Hip Hop

The 5 borroughs of New York each had their own hip hop pioneers.  The people of early hip hop created a new culture and some are still around.

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