Hip-Hop's Affects on Society
The South Bronx, New York City. This place may not mean much to the average American but for hip-hop lovers it means the beginning of a way of life. Hip-Hop was and still is one of the most influential aspects of today's society on the youth. Hip-hop affects not only the music industry, but media, fashion, marketing and advertising, and almost every other part of modern society. It has reached beyond color boundaries, and stretched past the urban streets where it originated, becoming the global phenomenon it is today. You can not adequately explain the affects of hip-hop without telling how, when, and with whom it all began. Hip-hop originated in the late 1970's with Kool DJ Herc, Africa Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash (also known as the founding fathers of hip-hop music)(Brian). For them hip-hop is the consistency of their lives. It defines their past and their views on the future. These three artists were the nucleus of hip-hop in the 70s and have become some of the most revered artists in hip-hop (George). Kool DJ Herc used the sound systems of the Caribbean
as the model for his mammoth speaker setup. Hip-hop's vast array of sounds and influences was conceived by him in city parks and school yards in the Southeast Bronx of New York City, where crowds flocked to hear him play, grooving to the beats he formed.
With Herc as the base, Bambaataa and Flash are the twin pillars that complement and extend the original version. Bambaataa rose up from New York's early 70s gang banging era unscathed but wiser. Bombarded with an intense musical curiosity and an undeniable vison of African-American empowerment, he founded the Zulu Nation, the single most enduring institution of hip-hop. Bambaataa founded the musical inspiration in rock, Third World music and, most importantly, the electronic instrumentation that would support his breakthrough group, the Soul Sonic Force (Bush). Grandmaster Flash was a teenager fascinated by...
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