From street to global phenomenon: discover how hip-hop was born in the neighborhoods of New York, driven by creativity and self-expression

From street to global phenomenon: discover how hip-hop was born in the neighborhoods of New York, driven by creativity and self-expression

Aug 11, 2023

Born 50 years ago in the underprivileged neighborhoods of the Bronx in New York, hip-hop has become much more than a musical genre, it's a worldwide cultural movement that has channeled the creativity and expression of young Afro-Americans. From a single recording in 1973, hip-hop has rapidly developed into a culture in its own right, from music and fashion to dance and lyrics. Let's celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop through its history, impact and influences.

Hip-hop's humble origins

On August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) made history by isolating sequences of rhythms and percussion, thus laying the foundations of "breakbeat", the key element of hip-hop music. It was the starting point of a cultural revolution that enabled young people from the Bronx's underprivileged neighborhoods to escape violence, poverty and discrimination thanks to block parties and the first parties that became a breath of fresh air in an often difficult life.

DJ Kool Herc, The Father of Hip Hop by Alana Saucier

The birth of Rap and its impact

Hip-hop gave birth to rap, an innovative vocal form where rappers declaimed their lyrics over catchy rhythms. Rap became the "voice" of the neighborhoods, expressing brutal realities and social inequalities. The first rappers, such as Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Furious Five, brought committed and poetic lyrics that reflected the daily life of poor neighborhoods.

The golden age and diversification of hip-hop

The 80s saw the golden age of hip-hop, with artists such as Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. and Rakim, and De La Soul transforming the genre into a mature and sophisticated art form. The use of musical samples led to experimentation and the creation of new sounds, while lyrics became more metaphorical and profound, tackling socio-political subjects.

The rise to worldwide popularity

The 90s saw the rise of hip-hop, with artists like Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent elevating the genre to an unprecedented level of popularity. Hip-hop also crossed borders, reaching countries such as Japan, Australia and South Africa. Despite the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that led to tragedy, the genre continued to thrive.

Hip-hop today

Today, hip-hop has conquered the world. Artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar have propelled the genre to new heights. Hip-hop culture has spread to fashion, dance and society, becoming an influential social movement. However, despite its commercial success, hip-hop remains rooted in the fight against racism and inequality.

Today, hip-hop's legacy continues to thrive through a variety of artistic expressions and authentic narratives.It's with this dynamic in mind that we at Diggers Factory are committed to supporting and showcasing emerging artists, in order to preserve the innovative spirit of the movement.

Through our Hip Hop selection, we celebrate the infinite diversity of this ever-evolving genre: artists can share their unique experiences, struggles and triumphs, all set to driving beats and meaningful lyrics. By amplifying these fresh and talented voices, we perpetuate hip-hop's influence as a driver of social and cultural change, while opening up new avenues for the future of music and artistic expression in vinyl format.