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The promise of hip hop is undeniable

Hip hop emerged as a reaction to the gang culture and violence of the South Bronx in the 1970s. It represents and values resilience, understanding, community and social justice.

Many communities around the world still face the effects of discrimination, segregation, and injustice. Hip hop is a voice to the reality of young people's lives, their neighbourhoods, and their broader social circumstances. It reflects on our society and can be used to expose issues that still remain.

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Hip Hop culture and values

Hip Hop culture and rap have been associated with negative connotations, equating them with profanity, misogyny, violence and crime.

The lyrical content of hip hop is confronting and often includes the glorification of violence, substance use, and gender discrimination. But, at its core, it is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun. Because of these values, it's used as a therapeutic tool with younger people.

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  1. Deejaying scratch and mix
  2. Rapping, also known as “MCing” (emceeing) “rhyming
  3. Graffiti artists that draw and write
  4. Break dancing, or “B-boying
  5. A fifth element is Knowledge of Self - the drive for self-awareness and social-consciousness.

This accessibility and inclusivity make hip hop an effective therapeutic tool as it provides a way to build rapport between client and therapist. The lyrical content enables therapists to access hard to talk about topics.

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Hip hop culture originated in New York City but is now a worldwide phenomenon.

  • One reason for the spread is the commercialisation of the culture as a commodity, making it one of the world's most influential industries.
  • The other is that it remains accessible and grassroots. You can make a beat with your mouth or create or recite lyrics about anything without singing.

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Hip Hop Education

In The US, there is a growing movement towards Hip Hop education, with the music style which is generally associated with breakdance and graffiti being used for self-expression, better social life, fitness and professional development.

Hip hop music has mostly been a patchwork of sample tracks from other songs, and the same philosophy has been a part of various schools and universities in the US, where it is encouraged to pick and choose ideas from other places rather than sticking to a rigid formula.

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  • Rap is one of the most popular genres in the U.S., with many subgenres like rap metal, rapcore, and mumble rap.
  • Rapping is a delivery style that has rhyme and rhythm, along with spoken language (called MC) delivered over beat music (DJ), and is part of the hip-hop culture. The elements of rap are content, flow, and delivery.
  • Its origins can be traced back to centuries ago when rhythmic stories were narrated by Griots (historians) of West Africa.

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K-Pop Magic

K-Pop, or Korean pop music, became a rage across the world in the last few decades. It is now a multi-billion dollar industry.

It started when in 1992, a band Seo Taeji & Boys created history by being on top of the record charts for 17 weeks. Now bands like BTS are globally renowned and give competition to Drake in sales figures.

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