[ hip-hop ]
/ ˈhɪpˌhɒp /
of, relating to, or characteristic of this subculture: the hip-hop generation.
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Origin of hip-hop
First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for hip hop
/ (ˈhɪpˌhɒp) /
a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing
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Culture definitions for hip hop
Another name for rap music.
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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