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Hip Hop: No Longer the’ Redheaded Stepchild

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Hip Hop wasn't supposed to last as a culture or a movement. But it did.

Hip Hop culture birthed a language and a lifestyle that included graffiti, breakdance, rap, dj's and a style of dress.

Slated as a fad, Hip Hop went on to influence the way people talked; the way people walked; the way people approached life.

Blues music had the same effect. The language. The lifestyle. The angst and the pain of the struggle.

Although the Blues birthed Rock & Roll, Hip Hop birthed a way of life. It birthed a way of expressing yourself.

In its infant stages of the 1970's, Hip Hop was considered negative and defiant. It was troublesome with no place in American society. This is still true to this day.

The Punk Rock movement and Hip Hop in the 1970's, shared a kindred spirit. They were both loud, different and rebellious.

Now that Hip Hop has been embraced by the mainstream, one can't go anywhere without running into its influence.

It's nothing to see letter fonts with graffiti influences. It's nothing to see breakdance influences in a Broadway musicals. It's nothing to hear someone rapping in a commercial. It's nothing to see how Hip Hop has influenced the way we dress.

A lot of die hard fans from the beginning are concerned about the current direction or the current state of Hip Hop. Well, Hip Hop is a lifestyle. Its a culture. It encompasses all the arts that live within it. It's like a state that encompasses different cities and counties within it. It grows when more people discovers it and loves it.

Hip Hop is like a mother who birthed children to carry on the family legacy. The children grow in different directions but the foundation remains the same and refers back to its core. Hip Hop.

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