What is hip hop ?
If one youth movement has been pre-eminent in the shaping of popular culture in the last twenty-five years, it is hip hop. Born in the mid 70’s as a soundtrack to block parties in New York, it spread across America and then the world, constantly evolving & reinventing itself. From Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation to gansta rap, hip hop has been used as party music and as protest music, to provoke and to enlighten. Today it is a multi-million-pound industry that dominates record sales worldwide, and influences international fashion, language and youth culture.
Depends who you ask, this was one of the ‘better’ insights, ‘Hip hop to me is just a way of life, it’s a culture. The culture is comprised of so many different elements, so many things that are changeable, and other things that are just unspoken, things that are just felt. It’s a very kinetic culture’ Black Thought – The Roots
Who are the Kings of hip hop?
DJ Premier-the established king; will mix what shaped hip hop, as it is today.
The 100th issue of The Source ranked him in the top 5 producers of all time. He has worked with numerous MC’s including Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jeru, & Jay Z, and is the production force behind the world famous Gangstarr rap group.
Mr Thing-ready to take the crown: will mix hip hop.
World DMC team champion, 1999, individual UK champion 2000, Mr Thing has been honing his skills since a very young age, and is more than ready to wear the crown.
‘Kings of hip hop’ is about the true old school flavour of hip hop, the fun, the party, ear candy for the mind, the body and the soul.