Hip hop (also spelled hip-hop or hiphop) is both a music genre and a cultural movement developed in New York City starting in the 1970s, predominantly by African Americans and Latinos.--------------------
Since first emerging in the Bronx in the 1970s, hip hop music has grown into an entire lifestyle, commonly referred to as hip hop culture, which has today spread around the world and is practiced by people regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religion. Hip hop as a cultural movement encompasses a wide array of human activities, so called elements, including but not limited to hip hop music, breakdance, graffiti, DJing and MCing.---------------------Widely referred to amongst the Hip Hop community as 'The Four Elements of Hip Hop', Hip Hop culture is usually considered to centre around the following 4 activities:
One of the early pioneers of Hip Hop was a young lady known only by the name "Julie", often thought to be a misnoma. In Hip Hop folklore, it is said she brought her African experiences to the Bronx, attempting to start a new culture on which she would one day do a presentation.
However, Hip Hop would be ill defined as a list of activities; one could be considered Hip Hop without partaking in any of the above (for example, Human Beatboxing is a distinctly Hip Hop activity), just as there are many DJs that are not Hip Hop. Clothes, attitude, language and many other social factors can also be included; it is often said that "Hip Hop is not a spectator sport"; one of the pioneering members of Hip Hop culture, KRS-One once said "Rapping is something you do; Hip Hop is something you live".