Episode 6: Hip Hop
Like a rose that grows from a crack in the concrete, Hip Hop emerged from the street. Rap, rhythm, and poetry, metaphors, punch lines, rhyme schemes, and inner city dreams. Block parties with DJs playing funk field break beats, emcee chanting getting the people on their feet. If the MC told the party goers to wave their hand in the air or repeat something that he said, that's exactly what they do. That's the power of Hip Hop.
Follow along in The National Museum of African American Music's six episode series highlighting African Americans' impact on spirituals and gospel, the Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Hip Hop presented by Renasant Bank.