Hip Hop is more than rap music. Hip Hop is a cultural construct built around the five elements: emceeing, dejaying, graffit art, b-boying, and the knowledge/overstanding of the culture. Yet, when people speak of “hip-hop”, they only refer to the musical aspirations. Also, they tend to point out the negativity that is (unfairly) aligned to the musical portion of the culture. It needs to be said that everyone that speaks on hip hop are not informed on what it truly is.

Meaning: if you think that Young Thug is what hip hop is all about, then you may want to pay attention what hip hop historically has to offer.

Hip Hop and How/Why It Was Created through Rubble Kings:

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Born from the rubble of leader assassinations and a poverty stricken New York area comes this visual tome of violence, camaraderie, and eventual peace. Highlighting the issues that convened upon The Bronx in the 1970’s, there were a growth of gang activity. This gang activity led to unexpected street codes, brotherhood, and rough patches for citizens. Even the famed gang movie The Warriors was based on actual gang events. Eventually, the Hoe Avenue Peace Treaty’s events led to the true treaty and creation of one of America’s most successful art forms.

Hip Hop and Breakdancing with The Freshest Kids – A history of the b-boy:

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This documentary is a necessity to understand what happened in the creation of the rise, fall, and leveling out of the b-boy (break dance) scene. The Freshest Kids takes the viewer on a journey into the creation and curation of breakdance. There is even mention to how the police and capitalism led to the shaky existence of the art form toward the end of the 80’s. However, events would lead to a reclamation of importance for the b-boy movement. This documentary takes note of what happens to an art form when growth and exploitation takes form.

Hip Hop and Graffiti – Style Wars:

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Before graffiti became the international art house norm, it was the illegal construct of a beautiful struggle. The brainchild of Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, Style Wars takes an emblazoned trail toward understand what makes graffiti and why it is so important to the culture. There is even a look at former mayor Ed Koch’s efforts against the art form. Still, the featured artists remain resilient. This is a great piece of work to understand what graffiti is all about.

Hip DJ Culture Covered In Scratch:

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This, by far, is one of the most amazing documentaries there is. This documentary highlights the ever important use of the turntable as an instrument of musical proportions. While plenty of people look at the record player as a simple tool, DJ’s turned the turntable on its virtual head and made it into a creature of musical delight. There are even instances where turntablism turned music on its head thanks to Herbie Hancock and Grand Mixer DXT. This documentary is a hands down winner for any hip hop historian.

Hip Hop History with Rhyme and Reason

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This documentary is a hip hop companion on the rise and capitalistic growth of an art form created from the cracks and crevices of The Bronx (see Rubble Kings). In this doc, many of the artists are interviewed for their views on the music, their images, and society as a whole. Some of them are “old school” curators/creators of the art. Others, however, are artists that were popular during the late 1990’s. Still, it is an informative culture piece for anyone willing to learn the reality of hip hop.

Hip Hop Is Historical

At the end of the day, hip hop is a well-documented art form. People have to look beyond the shenanigans and major label signings to see that hip hop isn’t what they think it is. Hip hop, in fact, is a culture that isn’t dying. Rather, it is culturally pushed to the back so that many of us don’t realize what it truly is. The best way to battle this misrepresentation is educating oneself on the truth. Only then will people realize what is real and what a façade is.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!