Mike's Hip-Hop Encyclopedia

This website is dedicated to everything Hip-Hop. From old school hip-hop to the newest mainstream music. Hip-Hop is a style of popular music of US black and Hispanic origin, featuring rap with an electronic backing. Hip-Hop began in the 1970s in the more impoverished districts of New York City. Hip-Hop was created along side breakdancing and graffiti art. DJs started off playing in discos, and then brought their skills to the streets at free block parties in their neighborhoods. These DJs would ask their friends to act as MCs and introduce them and be like a hype man. This eventually evolved in to rapping, spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that flows with the DJs beats. As the style grew, MCs and DJs began becoming duos, performing together everywhere they went.

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