Hip Hop Appreciation Week
by Aislid Quezada
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Hip Hop Appreciation Week. During this time, all Hip Hop enthusiasts are encouraged to show love to their ancestors, reflect on the culture and appreciate all elements of Hip Hop.
Origins of Hip Hop
This art form originated from African American and Latino communities in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s. With many people believing that the Hip Hop scene is only about rap music, it’s important to mention that it is so much more.
The history and evolution of Hip Hop gave way to DJs like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and others who helped develop the sounds and lyrical style of Hip hop. These pioneers helped build the foundation of a genre that is now a global phenomenon.
This year's focus for Hip Hop Appreciation Week is Emceein. The term “emcee” comes from the abbreviation M.C., referring to the Master of Ceremonies. They are often known for their mastery of words.
Our very own Loso Perez created some art to help spread awareness.
We believe Hip Hop is an important part of our culture. Through rhyme and rhythm, we can share stories and lessons that resonate with people from all walks of life. For over 40 years, Hip Hop has been a voice for many who have been silenced and a huge source of motivation for others to get through life.
Whether you are a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the scene, take this week to dive into the culture and learn more about the legacy of Hip Hop – because there is no denying its huge impact on the world as we know it.
Love and Kindness,