hip-hop

[hip-hop] Slang.
noun
1.
the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of this subculture: the hip-hop generation.

Origin:
1985–90

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hip-hop (ˈhɪpˌhɒp)
 
n
a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing

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hip-hop definition


Another name for rap music.

Note: The term hip-hop also refers to the speech, fashions, and personal style adopted by many youths, particularly in urban areas.
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hip-hop

cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and '90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement's most lasting and influential art form

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Example sentences
Slang lexicons suggest it may be a contraction of crazy and drunk, customarily used to describe high-energy hip-hop music.
There are two proven models for extending hip-hop careers.
Hip-hop fashion has, of course, always been tied to the music market.
Many writers and thinkers see a kind of informed political engagement, even a
  revolutionary potential, in rap and hip-hop.
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