How Hip Hop Got Its Name

How Hip Hop Got Its Name

The origins of the phrase go deeper than Sugarhill Gang. Hip-hop — they were the first words on the genre’s first big hit, the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 song,Rapper’s Delight.” But at the time no one—not even the young kids who had invented the music, the dances, the rhymes, and the visual art of this burgeoning movement emerging from the Bronx—was calling it that. Hip-hop wasn’t hip-hop yet. [via cuepoint]