Hip hop music follows in the footsteps of earlier African-American-rooted musical genres such as blues, jazz, rag-time, funk, and disco to become one of the most practiced genres worldwide.
It is the language of urban environments and the youth around the world.
It is also argued as to whether hip hop started in the South or West Bronx.
hip hop is characterized by nine elements, however only four elements are considered most necessary to understand hip-hop musically.
These youths mixed these influences with existing musical styles associated with African-Americans prior to the 1970s, from jazz to funk.
Hip hop music became popular outside of the African-American community in the late-1980s, with the mainstream commercial success of Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and then emerging hip hop movements such as the Native Tongues, Daisy Age and then later (in the early 1990s) gangsta rap.
The main elements of hip-hop consist of four main pillars.
The 5th element is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion or beatboxing however it is often debated.An original form of dancing called breakdancing, which later became accompanied by popping, locking and other dance styles, which was done to the accompaniment of hip hop songs played on boom boxes and particular fashion styles also developed.Art historian Robert Farris Thompson describes the youth from the South Bronx in the early 1970s as "English-speaking blacks from Barbados" like Grandmaster Flash, "black Jamaicans" like DJ Kool Herc who introduced the rhythms from salsa music, as well as Afro conga and bongo drums, as well as many who emulated the sounds of Tito Puente and Willie Colón.The "six elements of the hip hop movement" are: Consciousness awareness, civil rights awareness, activism awareness, justice, political awareness, and community awareness in music.Ronald Savage is known as the Son of The Hip Hop Movement.Critic Greg Tate described the hip hop movement as "the only avant-garde still around, still delivering [a] shock" of newness to the wealthy bourgeoisie.