You have questions? We have answers! And the answers provided here present out collective understanding of Hiphop culture based on both oral and written information provided by the Culture’s founders, participants, and critical thinkers. In addition to what you find here, we have provided a suggested reading list for further study: Hiphopscholar_List. Obviously the body of scholarship on Hiphop is chaning and ever evolving so not every important book is on the list, however this should be plenty to get you started or continue your interest in Hiphop Culture.
When and where did Hiphop start?
The first ‘Hiphop’ event took place when Cindy Campbell decided to have a back to school party August 11, 1973 in the Rec Room of 1520 Segwick Avenue in The Bronx. DJ Kool Herc supplied the beats and the innovative use of two turntables with the same record, extending the ‘break’ in the song long enough for the b-girls and b-boys to up-rock, go off, or any other combination of moves that make up a b-girl or b-boy’s repertoire.
What is the difference between Hiphop and Rap?
As KRS ONE states, ‘rap is something you do; Hiphop is something you live’. More to the point Hiphop is the whole culture, of which rap is an element. Even though some people see rap as being more commercial and Hiphop being more true to the culture, in the words of Grand Wizard Theodore (pioneer of the scratch), ‘Hiphop is the whole thing’.
Are there any women in Hiphop?
Yes there have always been women participating in Hiphop from b-girls, emcees, producers, deejays, graf writers. Women like Cindy Campbell, Sha-Rock, Wanda Dee, Sylvia Robinson, Debbie Dee, and Lisa Lee.