hip-hop Hip-hop, also spelled hip hop or hiphop is a rhythm focused popular music style, originating from new york in the 70s. The term rap is sometimes used synonymously with hip hop music. Hip hop arose when DJs began isolating the percussion break from funk or disco songs for audiences to dance to.
It is now seen as a worldwide and popular genre ranging from American Mainstream (e.g. Eminem, Lil Wayne) to British Undergound (e.g. Wiley, EMC Junkie etc)