The birth of a culture
Hip hop grew out of the highly political early 1970s, which was still charged with the radical fervour of the civil rights movement. Hip hop began as a cultural response to the ongoing political struggles of de-enfranchised communities in the US.
Early on, critics of hip hop dismissed and demonised it as a symptom of urban decay rather than recognising it as a strategy for survival. In truth, hiphop channeled the legitimate anger, genius and vitality of marginalised youth toward positive ends.
In the face of the crack epidemic, Reagan-era conservatism, corporate takeover of radio, defunded school arts programs, and police violence, hip hop spread and gained strength.
Famous artists -
Basquait, Lichtenstein, Stella, Warhol