Hip-Hop was created by African American and Caribbean American kids in The Bronx in the 1970s, but it’s roots are in the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Latin kids raised the level of break dancing with their parents’ Palladium Ballroom dance moves.
DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) started the first hip-hop party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in Morris Heights, The Bronx. Campbell was born in Jamaica.
The four main elements of hip-hop culture are:
- Break dancing
- Graffiti writing
Latin freestyle, a form of Latin rap, came up in Puerto Rican communities Uptown and in The Bronx, and Italian communities in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Whatever happens in New York City travels everywhere. Latin hip-hop also developed on the West Coast with artists like Cypress Hill. Tupac Shakur was one of the main West Coast artists, but he was born in El Barrio, East Harlem.
Reggaeton and Latin trap are offshoots of Latin hip-hop. Another offshoot is the Broadway hit of our generation: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” Miranda forged his path with “In the Heights” and the earlier “Freestyle Love Supreme.”
Caribbean precedents include West African griots (storytellers) and European troubadours. In the mountains of Puerto Rico, troubadours still compete with each other on stage just like a rap battle. Puerto Rican plena also has improvisational traditions that are a lot like rapping.
Bomba, the Puerto Rican folk drum, song and dance tradition, can also be seen as a precursor to break dancing.
Everybody wants to throw down there own claim, but there is nothing new under the sun and we are all mixes of each other, the great mix.
Sunday, February 13, 2022 🇪🇸🎵
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Opens Friday, June 11, 2021
June 10-19, 2021
Lakeside Brooklyn Skate Rink
LeFrak Center, Prospect Park
Sunday, June 20, 2021
March 14, 2020
Brooklyn DJ iMarkkeyz remixes Cardi B’s Instagram rant. It’s charting and they are donating proceeds to CoronaVirus victims.
March 12, 2020
CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
East Harlem, NYC
Oct 2, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020
Times Square Theater District, NYC
Latin hip-hop improv, one of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (In the Heights, Hamilton) early projects, is the funniest show on Broadway
FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances
Celebrate the first Hip-Hop movie’s 35th Anniversary with original cast members and special guests where the movie’s climax was filmed.
East River Park Bandshell
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Thursday, August 9, 2018
LINCOLN CENTER, Jul 25-Aug 12, 2018, Summer music festival with African, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Puerto Rican music, dance and word.
¡Atrévete-te-te! From 2005 to 2014 Calle 13 dominated Latin hip-hop, winning four Grammy awards and 24 Latin Grammy awards. More important than the awards, the band really captures the feelings of Latin youth.
On break, since 2014, the band members René Pérez Joglar (Residente), Eduardo Cabra Martínez (Visitante), and Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar (iLe) are doing their own thing.
iLe has come into her own as a great Latin voice. She delivers the same biting wit as her brother, but softly in a snake charmer kind of way.
“Coco” Héctor Barez, Calle 13’s original percussionist, is taking Puerto Rican bomba jazz to the world with his El Laberinto del Coco project (ICP, NEA, SXSW).