Hip-hop arose as a way to express its dissent and revolt against the police by the Black and Latino youth. The 80s’ and 90s’ was another time for a lot of Hip-hop artists. These artists were of color, and they came out with albums. The lyricism focused on the police and how the artists were treated because of their race. The lyrics were directed towards the police department. Emerged from the streets and now as times are changing, the hip-hop artists have adapted themselves to this ever-changing world. A culture that started in the streets is now a part of the mainstream and has even managed its way into a hip-hop musical in New York.


Hip-hop is considered a culture and also as an art movement that was created by African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in Bronx, New York City. There are four elements of hip hop that are considered essential to understanding it musically. Rapping, DJing, b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (dance) and graffiti.

Talking about Hip-hop music which is popularly known as Rap music started by Latino-Americans and African-Americans, it all began with penning down the thoughts lyrically and chanting the rhymes along with a rhythmic beat. The lyrics mostly spoke about their situation as minorities or marginalised.

While Rappers use words to express, Hip-hop dance allows a person to express himself/herself in a unique way by giving them the freedom to flip, slip, pop and rock the steps by adding their touch to it. Hip-hop dance can be traced to very recent times because it doesn’t have a history that goes way back in time. Hip-hop first became popular or came to the limelight as a separate form of dance in the 1960s and ’70s. This does not mean that the music and culture is something that has emerged all of a sudden out of nowhere, the movement and the music have strong roots that date back and have existed from a long time ago. The hip-Hop dance form, however, is a dance form that is known to have started from humble beginnings and has now become a part of our staple pop culture. In brief, this dance form has evolved from the streets; it began in New York with people who were not professional dancers but just had an instinct for dance.

If you can be hip without breaking your hip while trying to dance, then you should hop on this ride because there’s krumping, tutting, breaking, locking, and popping, these words might sound like different terms for someone’s bone-breaking, but these are just different steps of the dance form Hip-Hop. Fun fact: Bone breaking is one of the steps in this very dance form. Hip-hop music has influenced dance and made it unique and appealing.