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KRS One

We begin our journey with KRS One. He was a major contributing force in hip-hop's beginnings. And he is still very much respected and reverenced in hiphop/rap. The song “9 Elements? is what he feels the mission statement of hiphop should entail. He is self explanatory. There isn't a metaphor or idiom. He is putting it as plainly as possible and he can be easily understood.

These 9 elements are:

1. Breaking or breakdancing
2. MC'ing or rap
3. Grafitti art or burning bombin'
4. DJ'ing
5. Beatboxing
6. Street fashion
7. Street language, our verbal communication
8. Street knowledge
9. Street entrepreneur realism

Granted some of these factors are no longer "elements" of rap, probally because they evolved into something else or whithered away. Graffiti art is still eminent (especially on highways and trains) but maybe because I live in Minnesota, I wouldn't have an idea about the appreciation of graffiti. Graffiti has not only moved from the walls of private properties into some museums but also unto shirts. I see some contemporary fashion designs advertising their products with grafitti. Marc Ecko's fashion line uses grafitti on some of his works. This might be evidence that people still think grafitti art is pretty cool. Beatboxing is not as prevalent in hiphop as it used to be. I think it evolved into something, I will find that out soon. Breakdancing is still very much part of modern hiphop and it also evolved into a majority of dance styles. For example, Soulja Boy's Crank That and Bird Walk. There are lots more dances that have surfaced in hiphop and they will be explored. Basically, this song was speaking into the future and it really builds a wall around something that would otherwise be vague or without form.

I was excited when I found this song. It helped solidify where I was trying to go with things. I will explore what about each of these elements have changed, what they changed into and if they are going to even change.
Hiphop/Rap is 30+ years and growing, theres a lot to look forward to.

9 elements by KRS One

Well my ladies and gentlemen
This is a rap session and my name is "KRS-One!"
And when I talk about "Hip-Hop Music!? I know
[Kris]
One: Breaking or breakdancing
Rally b-boying, freestyle or streetdancin'
Two: MC'ing or rap
Divine speech what I'm doing right now no act
Three: Grafitti art or burning bombin'
Taggin', writin', now you're learning! uh!
Four : DJ'ing, we ain't playing!
{*scratch* You know what I'm saying!
Five : Beatboxing
Give me a {*beatboxin* Yes and we rockin'!
Six: Street fashion, lookin' fly
Catchin' the eye while them cats walk on by
Seven: Street language, our verbal communication
Our codes throughout the nation
Eight: Street knowledge, common sense
The wisdom of the elders from way back whence
Nine : Street entrepreneur realism
No job, just get up call 'em and get 'em
Here's how I'm tellin' it, all 9 Elements
We stand in love, no we're never failing it
Intelligent? No doubt
Hip-Hop? We're not selling it out, we're just lettin' it out
If you're checkin' us out this hour, we teatchin' hip-hop
Holy integrated people have it, I'm the present power!
[Chorus]
Rap is something you do!
3x Hip-Hop is something you live! *scratched*
Rap is something you do!
Hip-Hop is something you live! *scratched*
[Kris]
Skaters, BMX-bike riders rock


Don't you ever stop! You are hip-hop 
You doing the same things we did on our block in the suburbs
You know you be packing that black block
Selling that crackrock and ecstacy
Gettin' pissydrunk, fallin' out next to me
But like I told those in the ghettoes
Here's the facts! True hip-hop is so much more than that
Some much more than rap, so much more than beats
Hip-hop is all about victory over the streets
What you see on TV is a lie
That's not something you wanna live or pattern your life by
But, huh that's too much preachin' ain't it?
You don't want the education?, you wanna be dead on the pavement
Well, so be it, some of ya'll ain't gonna see it
Others wanna enslave your mind! Kris wanna free it!
[Chorus]
Rap is something you do!
5x Hip-Hop is something you live! *scratched*
"Oh yea" *scratched* --- From "P is dead"
"I have spent my whole life livin'", "talk to the fullest", "no doubt"
[Kris]
You know that's why these rappers can't hang
Cause the essence of hip-hop is not a material thang
They so careless, hip-hop is in a? we give
Rap we do, hip-hop we live
How many times I gotta say it? How the radio ain't gonna play it
And you hip-hoppers sit back and okay it
Think about it! (think about it)
The present course of action, we have got to reroute it!
[Chorus: repeat 3X]
Hip-Hop is something you live!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmdfrNB0ae4

Comments

I think you've hit upon something important here, that Hip Hop produces its own theorists of Hip Hop culture but what I think is fascinating is the way these theories get spread. KRS-One has essentially rapped the boundaries of what constitutes hip hop, which may be a uniquely hip hop phenomenon. Also, good eye noticing how these elements may have mutated over time. 4.75/5

Crank that by soulja boy is not an evolution of b boyin.