Hip Hop Lifestyle

Blades of Shades
Unbeknownst to some, hip hop is more than just a genre of music. Hip hop is a culture and a lifestyle that spans decades of African American and inner-city life. From the breakdancers in the Bronx to the modern-day def jam poets, hip hop has had a profound impact o­n the culture of the United States as well as the rest of the world. Truly, hip hop is a unique movement in a class of its own.

With roots in New York, hip hop expanded and evolved throughout both coasts of the United States in the seventies and eighties. Artists like Talib Kweli, Gangstarr, and Mos Def have been at the forefront of this movement for years. While telling stories of the perils and unique quirks to inner-city life, hop hop artists have also been known to spread messages of peace, love and acceptance that cross cultural as well as racial boundaries. However, while it may be accurate to say that hip hop evolved from a form of music - there is so much more than meets the eye.

Along with hip hop culture comes a language, tradition and activities that are entirely unique. Beatboxing, breakdancing and graffiti all stems from hip hop culture. Many modern fashions are derived from urban styling, and the use of ebonics has been taken from hip hop and spread amongst the mainstream. Truly, the hip hop culture is an all-encompassing o­ne which has touched the hearts and lives of thousands, while influencing art, language and tradition in all corners of the globe.

With humble beginnings in the Bronx, it is safe to say at this point that hip hop is taking over the world. What was started by Afrika Bambaata in New York can now be found o­n shelves in Japan, Australia, and everywhere else you can imagine. There is really nothing in the world quite like hip hop.