Hip-Hop culture is a trend in the world that we live in. Every second today is inspired by Hip-Hop in one or the other way. Considered as the rawest form of music, Hip-Hop has achieved growth & success that no other genre has witnessed. Do you know everything about the origin of Hip-Hop? Let us fill some gaps.
November is celebrated as the ‘Hip Hop History Month’ worldwide. ‘Universal Zulu Nation‘, which is a Hip-Hop awareness group was formed by Afrika Bambaataa, who is considered as ‘The Godfather of Hip-Hop’, on November 12, 1973. An year later on November 12, 1974, Hip-Hop took it’s birth. November also witnessed the birth of ‘Indoor Jam Season‘. We should appreciate the ones who managed to introduce a genre that’s considered as one of the most popular styles of music throughout the world.
They got their name from a 1964 movie, ‘Zulu’. Since their birth, Universal Zulu Nation has established their branches in Japan, France, The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Korea & South Africa. When KRS-One, Native Tongues & others were achieving their success, ‘Afrocentric Movement’ gained it’s title. Later, some artists broke off from the movement & formed their own organizations like ‘Ill Crew Universal’.
Hip-Hop supporters gather every year in the month of November to celebrate ‘Annual Zulu Hip-Hop Anniversary’ where they gather funds for the growth of Hip-Hop worldwide. Artists who’ve been supporting the moment turned out to be legends in the years later. The term ‘Hip-Hop’ was given to the movement by Afrika Bambaataa before it became famous and now, a billion dollar industry.
“How in the hell did we turn from gods to dogs?” – Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika wanted to promote the 5th element of Hip-Hop, ‘Knowledge’. “When we made Hip Hop, we made it hoping it would be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets (gang violence, drug abuse, self hate, violence among those of African and Latino descent). Even though this negativity still happens here and there, as the culture progresses, we play a big role in conflict resolution and enforcing positivity.” he said once in an interview.
Hip-Hop has always been about it’s elements since it’s birth in the 70s. The main elements MC’ing (Rapping), DJ’ing, Writing, Dance Forms but the element which holds them together is KNOWLEDGE. There are also other elements such as Vocal Percussion, Beat Boxing, etc. Words like Pimps, Nig*as, Hustlers, etc. were once used against Hip-Hop artists & now it’s happily accepted in the culture. “How in the hell did we turn from gods to dogs?” he asks.
Let’s celebrate November as it is celebrated in other parts of the world. Support the cause & spread the main motive of it’s origin that is peace, harmony, growth, awareness & last but not the least, Knowledge.