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Hip Hop is a global phenomenon. It has stampeded through the world like no other form of music since the creation of rock music in the 1960s. Like other popular styles, it has a history that is closely aligned with the rebellious behavior of its young creators. Its grass roots beginning started much like blues, jazz, r&b, rock & roll, or any other form of popular music.
Hip Hop and Rap are music forms that have transcended cultures because of its versatility. It can merge into other forms of music and can be transformed into a whole new style. So far it has been incorporated into rock, Latin, reggae, jazz, gospel, techno, and R and B.
Most artists use their own life experiences to tell stories that reflect what their world is like. Hip Hop music is a venue that gives the artist an opportunity to speak his or her mind with only a beat to accompany the message. Many of today's youth find that through the sounds and messages of Hip Hop, they are able to see reflections of themselves and the world around them.