Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the role of islam in hip-hops in the usa and europe. The immigrants create their own cultural identity in places they stay in as a result of immigration. This often may be done by means of synthesis of their traditional cultural features and the local ones, which are observed in music, particularly in hip-hop.
I believe everyone has ever heard the word ‘hip-hop’ and samples of songs of this musical direction. But I reckon that it is necessary to state that hip-hop is not only music but also a separate culture with its own features. It is a rather popular phenomenon both in terms of musical and cultural aspect and it has become so habitual that it is often not remembered what hip-hop is. In this paper, I will concern myself with such an aspect in hip-hop history as the role of Islamic tradition in hip-hop development in the societies which the representatives of the Islamic religion have chosen as their new residency – the countries of Europe and the USA. I believe that is will be easier to investigate this topic under such structure: a brief introduction into the historical background of hip-hop development, hip-hop and Islam in Europe, and hip-hop and Islam in the USA.
“A product of cross-cultural integration, rap is deeply rooted in ancient African culture and oral tradition. Hip-hop is believed to have originated in the Bronx by a Jamaican DJ named Kool Herc.” (Adaso, 2015). Hip-hop music is also referred to as rap music, hip-hop or hip hop music, and it is defined as a form of popular music that comprises four key elements: breakdancing, graffiti spraying, deejaying and emceeing, however, it can also contain sampling. (Adaso, 2015). As music and culture, hip-hop emerged in the 1970s in New York City, particularly in the Bronx, where the block parties were extremely popular among the youth of African-American origin. (Dyson, 2007, 6).