Hip hop is a subcultural movement that formed during the early 1970s by African-American, Caribbean, and Latino youths residing in the South Bronx in New York City.
It became popular outside of the African-American community in the late 1980s and by the 2000s became the most listened-to musical genre in the world.
It is characterized by four distinct elements, all of which represent the different manifestations of the culture: rap music (oral), turntablism or DJing (aural), b-boying (physical) and graffiti art (visual). Even while it continues to develop globally in myriad styles, these four foundational elements provide coherence to hip hop culture.
The term is often used in a restrictive fashion as synonymous only with the oral practice of rap music.
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