If we had to pick a music genre expressed through oral tradition and that best represents the Afro-American community and culture, it’s hip-hop. Nowadays, when people think about hip-hop, they often associate it with “rap music” without considering its poignant history and how it developed.

This limited view of hip-hop is the product of mainstream media. It results in inadequate teaching and understanding of hip-hop – a form of musical expression that has enhanced and empowered the lives of many people.

In this article, we’d like to take you back to its roots and cultural movement throughout the last 40 years.

“Old School” Hip-Hop

Hip-hop music was first developed in the late 1970s by