Thirty-two years ago, Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, who was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was teasing a friend. The friend had just signed up to serve in the U.S. Army.

Cowboy was mimicking the rhythm of marching soldiers by scat singing “hip hop hip hop.”

He later used the phrase in a performance. Then the name began to be used by disco musicians in a derogatory way to identify a new type of music being performed by MCs and DJs. But before long, its negative connotation wore off and the name stuck.

(By the way, MC is an abbreviation for Master of Ceremonies and DJ stands for disc jockey.)

Let’s break down the word. Hip-hop combines two slang terms. Hip, which means “in the know,” has been a part of African American vernacular since the late nineteenth century. Hop represents the hopping movement exhibited by hip-hop performers.

The key individuals and groups credited with popularizing the term in the late seventies and early eighties include The Sugarhill Gang, Lovebug Starski, DJ Hollywood, and Afrika Bambaataa.

Seductive City By the Sea; In Santa Monica, Fun & Food In a Romantic Setting

The Washington Post June 12, 1994 | James T. Yenckel The single most important thing to know about Santa Monica before you go is that it is not Los Angeles. You can walk almost anywhere you want to go in Santa Monica. Sea breezes routinely sweep away the smog here. And Disneyland is so far away, there’s no need to feel guilty at all about not going there. For these reasons, and more, I took an immediate liking to this pretty little cliff-top city by the beach, just 15 miles west of central L.A.

To a frequent L.A. visitor, as I am, Santa Monica proved on a recent visit to be a seductive oasis in an encircling desert of urban sprawl – a politically independent entity with odd quirks and lots of charm. A bit old-fashioned, it sports a downtown fishing pier thrusting into the Pacific with a boardwalk Ferris wheel and carnival rides like many a bygone beach resort. And yet it also is home to some of the trendiest – and best – restaurants in the country.

As I sampled the local menus for three days, I became convinced Santa Monica is well on its way to becoming one of America’s capitals of fine dining. By this, I mean original menus that are filled with strange but very tempting dishes that I don’t see anywhere else. I savor new and unusual ingredients and taste combinations, and for me meals in Santa Monica became an exciting adventure. Prices ranged from moderate to very expensive, and the dishes were uniformly good.

The abundance of fine restaurants reflects the city’s role as the increasingly fashionable new residence for the rich and famous of Southern California. And yet Santa Monica, with a population of about 90,000, still retains an easy-going, hometown quality befitting its humbler working and middle-class past.

The clash of cultures results in some odd compromises. On each Saturday morning, two blocks of downtown Arizona Avenue are blocked off for a traditional farmer’s market, where fresh produce of all kinds is sold. But, as a sign of trendy times, the heaping mounds of fruit and veggies on display are all certified as organically grown.

Santa Monica took some hard blows in the Jan. 17 earthquake, and several older apartment buildings were damaged. But the city’s hotels, restaurants, museums and other visitor attractions escaped serious harm and are all fully in operation. The toppled portion of the Santa Monica Freeway serving the city was reopened last month.

Perhaps because the sunsets are so gorgeous, I came to think of Santa Monica as very much a city for romance – a place more appealing to visiting couples than to families because of the sophisticated nature of its attractions. By day, my wife and I toured Santa Monica’s wide array of unusual shops and its contemporary to avant-garde museums and galleries; explored the communities of Malibu to the north and Venice to the south; and enjoyed a succession of superb and very leisurely lunches. And in the evening, we watched those unfailingly beautiful sunsets, and then we strolled to a nearby restaurant for yet another long and splendid meal.

Certainly, the city’s setting is conducive to romance. It is perched atop a high, yellow-rock bluff overlooking a three-mile-long sweep of beach on Santa Monica Bay. Palm-shaded Palisades Park, a slender, beautifully landscaped garden, stretches along the cliff’s edge for a mile and a half. Here is where we took wake-up walks before breakfast, enjoying the view of the turquoise sea, and returned in the evening to catch the ruby red sunsets. Had the weather been just a bit warmer, we would have taken the stairway down to the beach just below.

For, of course, Santa Monica is a summer beach resort that – by reputation, anyway – attracts lots of young and beautiful bodies of both sexes. I can’t verify this personally, however, because we flew to Santa Monica during the winter to escape the East Coast’s ice storms. As a winter resort, Santa Monica does just fine too. Every day brought sunny skies and temperatures that were pleasant enough for comfortable outdoor dining if not for swimming. here santa monica zip code

The reason I mention eating so often is that this became the focus of my visit once I had discovered what pleasures awaited. My days were planned carefully so that I was never in any danger of missing a meal. Indeed, our first stop after checking into an ocean-view hotel, the art deco Shangri-La, was lunch at a nearby restaurant called Zenzero. Sleek, even stark in decor, it features a blend of Californian and Asian cuisines. We opted for an outdoor table, and I ordered grilled chicken nicely seasoned with lemon and pepper. It was served with a heap of fresh-made, bright orange yam chips. My visit was off to a good start.

A stroll on Santa Monica’s historic pier is nearly obligatory, and fun. Built in 1908, it is the oldest pleasure pier on the West Coast. It attracts ordinary folks in the form of numerous fishermen napping beside their tackle boxes and also the curious. In one spot, a sleekly muscular couple dressed only in his and hers sequined bikinis warbled rock tunes for coins. Nearby a flutist garbed as Davy Crockett also serenaded but with a classical repertoire. We caught a ride on the pier’s 1922 carousel, which was featured in the Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie “The Sting.” Each of its 44 horses is hand-carved, and no two are alike.

The liveliest place in town, especially in the evening, is the three-block-long Third Street Promenade. Once a decaying shopping street, it has been transformed into a pedestrian-only plaza lined with offbeat crafts and clothing shops, sidewalk cafes, bookstores, some of Santa Monica’s top restaurants and – by my count – 17 movie theaters. At night the scene becomes a good-natured street party drawing lots of sidewalk performers. One night we watched a man standing on his head while yodeling and playing a guitar. Just down the way, an eight-member men’s vocal group sang Broadway melodies.

No sooner had we stepped onto the street when a jovial vendor with a fancy cart filled with body massage devices attracted our attention. He was waving a small rolling pin-like object while he loudly described its benefits. When we stopped, he proceeded to give each of us a 60-second shoulder massage with it. The brief workover was surprisingly refreshing, and now I regret I didn’t buy one of his items.

The promenade is pleasantly landscaped with potted trees and bushes, which are illuminated at night with tiny white lights. Huge topiary dinosaurs towering above the street add a touch of fantasy, and the festive look is further enhanced by colorful banners draping from overhead. We dined at Remi’s on the promenade, where I ordered roasted veal loin rolled with arugula and oven-dried tomatoes and served with a roasted shallot sauce. I sipped espresso at Congo Market, a ’50s-style beatnik coffeehouse down the street.

We spent much of one day exploring more shops, galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art on Main Street, another offbeat commercial strip about a half mile south of the promenade. Ah, but first we headed for lunch on Main Street at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main restaurant, where the menu is a blend of Asian and French cuisines with California flair and the ambiance is casual, crowded and noisy. The Asian-themed decor features bold splashes of black, green and fuchsia, a backdrop for two life-size porcelain peacocks. As for the food, yummy. I chose barbecued salmon with black and gold noodles served with a mint vinaigrette. And I eagerly succumbed to dessert when I saw this item listed on the menu: “cashew and banana tart with green tea ice cream.” I loathe driving the traffic-clogged freeways of Los Angeles, and one of the reasons Santa Monica appealed so much to me was that during much of our stay I could leave our car parked in the Shangri-La lot. But a car was a convenience on two excursions I considered essential to my visit – a 15-minute drive north to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, the Hollywood beach colony, and a 10-minute drive south to funky little Venice. go to web site santa monica zip code

The Getty Museum is renowned for its great collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, which range in period from 3000 B.C. to 300 A.D. But the building and its gardens, set high on a bluff above the Pacific Coast Highway, are in themselves well worth a visit. They are a re-creation of an ancient country house that once stood outside the Roman city of Herculaneum, which was buried along with Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. The trees, flowers and other plant life duplicate the vegetation that might have been found in a Roman villa of that era.

When the museum opened in 1974, the building drew sharp criticism as Getty’s “folly” because it represented an architectural style of the past rather than being something fresh and creative. But a Roman villa with its splashing fountains, courtyards, colonnades and terra-cotta tile roof seems exactly the right place to display the ancient world’s vases and statuary. Indeed, the villa also fits perfectly well into the present-day Southern California landscape, which in many ways has the look of southern Italy. In one graceful garden is a bronze statue of Hermes, the messenger god, which shows him seated on a rock. He seems completely at home there.

After our museum visit, we sought out Geoffrey’s in Malibu, a hillside restaurant with an ocean view and outdoor seating. Sailboats skittered across the bay like ghostly waterbugs, and we settled back to enjoy the panorama with a leisurely glass of wine and lunch. This time I opted for a salad of asparagus and shrimp with blue cheese dressing.

The beach which Santa Monica faces stretches for about 26 miles along the Santa Monica Bay shoreline from Malibu in the north to Palos Verdes in the south. Much of it is a part of the state park system, and parking and restrooms are available. The Pacific Coast Highway edges the beach from Santa Monica north to Malibu, and the drive is pleasantly scenic. Above the highway are the dry, rumpled hills dotted with lavish homes that were swept by the savage Malibu fires last year.

South of Santa Monica, the Pacific Coast Highway turns inland, so you have to find your way to Venice through neighborhood streets. It is a raffish little resort and residential community with a fine beach. Behind the beach runs Ocean Front Walk, a zany, Coney Island-type boardwalk that attracts hordes of sightseers and more than enough curious sights. Roller skaters zip by in near undress, muscle builders in tight shirts flex mountainous biceps, fortune tellers shuffle their tarot cards, toddlers drip melting ice cream, proselytizers seek converts to their causes – “Legalize marijuana” read one sign at a makeshift stand – and everybody gawks at everybody else. It is an ongoing show, and anybody can star.

Later we drove back to Santa Monica anticipating one more sunset and, of course, one more great meal. I always know a trip has been fun when I’m reluctant to leave, and I sure hated to say goodbye to Santa Monica. After all, I still held a lengthy list of restaurants I wanted to try. If you like good food in a romantic setting, Santa Monica is the place for you. And remember, take along a pair of walking shoes.

James T. Yenckel


  1. Alicia -  November 9, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Gee wiz people…There’s no error…It says that the term “hip hop” was coined by Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, but the word “hip” itself have been part of the African American vernacular since the late 19th century…Although I believe the term “hip” goes waaayyyyy back, further than the 19th century. Hip/hipi in Wolof means to know.

  2. Stella -  May 29, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh

  3. Collin -  June 18, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    one addendum: I’m mentally comparing Jay-Z and my roommate.

  4. Collin -  June 18, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    “By the way, MC is an abbreviation for Master of Ceremonies and DJ stands for disc jockey.”

    all that needs to be said

  5. #1 Skillet Fan -  June 18, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    Cool. Toby Mac has a DJ in his Diverse City Band:)

  6. Veronica -  June 17, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Watever, it was all born of the blues.

  7. Doc Benway -  June 17, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Whoops – so to complete the thought, yes, it actually does go back to the nineteenth century, at least the “hip” part. As for “hop”, I will leave that up to the rest of you hop heads.

  8. Doc Benway -  June 17, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    My understanding is that “hip” originally was used in reference to opium users, or frequenters of opium dens; someone who was “on the hip” was frequently lying around on their side smoking the proffered pipe of the establishment, and then departing to mix with their fellows in the reserved, detached, somewhat disinterested attitude that characterized a “hipster” or “hep cat” (like Minnie the Moocher).

    Frequently slang slips in from suppressed groups in society that have their own vocabularly so that they may communicate in a somewhat coded fashion; racial minorities, sexual minorites, and those stigmatized by majority culture, such as drug users. There tends to be an overlap in these groups and a co-mingling of the most elegant words. For instance, look at the illustration of a “reefer” in a dictionary definition, and you will see that a reefed sail on a square-rigged ship (a reefer) looks very similar to a hand rolled cigarette, or more specifically, a stick of herb.

    In turn, elements of the mainstream pick up these terms to show their sophistication and edginess. As the usage spreads, the meaning evolves, loses its lineage, and is abandoned by the original groups. For instance, we now have square police chiefs referring to “reefers” even though square-riggers and their motley crews are gone, and the term is only employed by marijuana fiends with a bit of irony.

    Final digression: This irony is also characteristic of hipsters (in the old and new sense), but is certainly not the cause of the downfall of social ethics, but rather a consequence of the astonishingly blatant lack of social ethics among the actual elites, i.e. the super rich and their mealy-mouthed lackeys.

  9. ole fart -  June 17, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Well, thats a minute and a half I will never get back…….

  10. zach -  June 17, 2011 - 7:47 am

    for those of you who can’t read a whole paragraph.. the author clearly indicates that “hip-hop” was coined about 32 years ago, while “hip” has existed as a slang term since the late 19th century. nowhere does the author state that the 19th century was 32 years ago. it’s called ‘reading comprehension’. unfortunately too many people on the internet are just looking to find fault with anything they can.

  11. Luther -  June 17, 2011 - 5:14 am

    Hip is the knowledge,
    Hop is the movement.

  12. Tom L Mcdavid -  March 31, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    Well done. Thanks for the great post. Bookmarked

  13. pharmacy technician -  December 25, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  14. lingUist geeK-sage(RP) -  December 7, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    Hip-Hop is the least fascinating genre in music..I mean the words are bullshit and no good..This kind of music makes me vomit to no end..Phew!

  15. Matteen -  November 29, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    its too bad mainstream radio is killin hip hop these days…only good hip hop is old-skool/underground(imo).

  16. 78 HS Grad -  November 21, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Why DEAR GOD did I not CHECK my stinkin facts before I posted something I was SURE I remembered from THIRTY-TWO years ago????

    Before y’all begin the flame war – I screwed the pooch on this one – the tune I am goin on about above is NOT GM Flash. It is actually the famous “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang, who basically added rap lyrics over Chic’s “Good Times”.. Ok. I will go now.

  17. 78 HS Grad -  November 21, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    OMG! I could NOT believe it when I read the supporting content on this “Hot Word” article!!
    I not only remember the Grand Master, but the awesome “performance” containing the “hip-hop” reference! (I am not sure why the word “performance” was chosen over a more appropriate word like “hit” or “single” or “tune”..) I remember it because it was so entirely DIFFERENT than anything we had ever heard before. I am not sure, but I think the name of the song was “Good Times”. I remember that I wanted to learn that song so bad that I waited for it to play one day and taped it with one of those old rectangular cassette tape recorders off of the radio. I then spent about 2 hours transcribing the lyrics on paper so that I could impress my friends by reciting them along with GM Flash when the song came on…

    Guess what words the song began with? Yeah buddy… “Hip-Hop” then went on to basically be a really cool funky version of … well I guess it was rap… (?)… (“now what you hear is not a test, I’m rappin to a beat”) And the only melody, per se, was a chorus performed by a female backup team – “Good Times, These. Are. The. Good. Times. Our. New. State. Of. Mind. These. Are. The. Good. Times.” (or something like that..)

    About 5 years ago, I was in a grocery store and I heard the SAME EXACT lyrics of GrandMaster Flashes rapping – only it was some other artist and it was set to a new beat/song/or whatever.. Now that I have mentioned the details on this, I bet there are gobs of y’all out there who are going “I remember THAT!”

  18. Christian Hip Hop Music 15 -  November 19, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    [...] Does the story behind the word “hip-hop” go back to the nineteenth … Hey what about other music like punk,country,christian emo,and all the other ones. Where did they come from Please someone let me know thanks! Matt on November 15 2010 at 12:55 am. Well thats a fun fact but the ninetenth . [...]

  19. Soulja boy -  November 18, 2010 - 11:58 am

    Yo it’s the real soulja talkin now and all y’all hatas cuz raps tha stuff

  20. mark v -  November 18, 2010 - 9:30 am

    italic test
    bold test
    underline test
    size:word test
    color test
    size:number test

  21. Waldo Pepper -  November 18, 2010 - 8:19 am

    Good job, Anucat. Good job not only reading the original post, but also the ensuing comments. You dummy.

  22. Anucat -  November 17, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    But what you mean by 19th century?It is 20th century.I guess you need to sit back and think one more time!!!

  23. Anucat -  November 17, 2010 - 9:59 pm

    quite interesting!!!

  24. Curly -  November 17, 2010 - 8:46 pm

    Between SHIFT “,” and SHIFT “.”.

    (Sorry – I kept trying to type the symbols themselves, but apparently they get automatically deleted. And, I am ashamed to admit, I’ve forgotten the name for them.)

  25. Curly -  November 17, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    …And, yes, that bold tag just worked. I did the b and /b between . Maybe it doesn’t work with brackets.

  26. Curly -  November 17, 2010 - 8:38 pm

    Hip-hop makes me sick.

    @Saf and @Mark V:

    Bold tags have worked for me in the past.

  27. Saf -  November 17, 2010 - 10:00 am

    @Mark V

    My second comment didn’t make the cut, apparently, just my first and third (in Dictionary.com’s defense, I was getting a bit spammy.

    Anyway, [BBCode] tags don’t work, but do. Cheers.

  28. my trip to that street -  November 17, 2010 - 4:00 am

    hop means to travel by plane and hip means to understand. I insist.

  29. Ann -  November 16, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    Hoodz – great explanation, thank you.
    As for the 19th/20th century debate, here’s to ignoring the snipey comments from those who were on their game enough to notice the reference to “hip” only as a 19th century word, and to being humble enough to admit our own error. Here is a snippet from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_(slang)) which I think better explains the whole thing:
    The term hip is said to have originated in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in the early 1900s, derived from the earlier form hep. Despite research and speculation by both amateur and professional etymologists, the origins of the term hip and hep are disputed. Many etymologists believe that the terms hip, hep and hepcat (e.g., jazz musicians’ now cliched “hip cat”) derive from the west African Wolof language word hepicat, which means “one who has his eyes open”.[1] Some etymologists reject this, however, and have even adopted the denigration “to cry Wolof” as a general dismissal or belittlement of etymologies they believe to be based on “superficial similarities” rather than documented attribution.[2]
    An alternative theory traces the word’s origins to those who used opium recreationally in the 19th century. Opium smokers commonly consumed the drug lying on their sides (i.e. their hips). Because opium smoking was a practice of socially-influential trend-setting individuals, the cachet it enjoyed led to the circulation of the term hip by way of a kind of synecdoche.

  30. Victoria -  November 16, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    Hip means to know, it’s a form of intelligence to be hip is to be up-date and relevant
    Hop is a form of movement, you can’t just observe a hop you got to hop up and do it
    Hip and Hop is more than music, hip is the knowledge, hop is the movement
    Hip and Hop is intelligent movement, or relevant movement, we selling the music
    So write this down on your black books and journals, Hip Hop culture is eternal


    Also..I hate to tell you..but..thirty two years ago..we were in the twentieth century..

    I’m not hating, I’m just saying :D

  31. KM -  November 16, 2010 - 10:15 am

    I just had a conversation with a coworker last night on the difference between rap and hip-hop so I was delighted to see this post!! Thanks

    Also, a thank you to Wiggie for that reminder of lyrics from the past:

    It’s like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.

    That brings back great memories.

  32. leigh -  November 16, 2010 - 7:37 am

    Very good, Dave, most people don’t know that rip-rap is rock. Actually, it’s very large, irregular rock, used for building dykes, shoring up embankments, used in road construction, etc.

  33. smoothius -  November 16, 2010 - 7:33 am

    hip-hop is crip-crap

  34. KToast -  November 16, 2010 - 5:53 am

    Another example of an Adjective that was originally used in a derogatory manner is “Gothic” which now refers to a well-liked style of architecture. The term, of course, originally was used as a slam by critics initially describing the movement as barbarian, specifically referring to the Visigoths.

  35. Hoodz -  November 15, 2010 - 11:46 pm

    The people thinking that hop comes hopping nature of hip-hop. Just a miscue from the articles article… Not about rappers, it was about “hopping” from one turn-table back to the other. Rest of article is irrelevant, but that “hopping” technique, for the time… was some well “hip” stuff. A new sound so “hip”, that the supportive-role of an emceeing Caribbean-offspring, who hosted and toasting vocals, even decided to “hop” along for the ride… then stole the ride.

  36. PurpleKushY -  November 15, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    Awesome read!

  37. Tyler -  November 15, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    Okay, to all the people pointing out a “glaring error”, read the whole article! It says the word “hip” has been in African American vernacular since the late 19th century. It suggests nowhere that 32 years ago was in the 19th century. I’m pretty sure the only glaring error is in your reading comprehension.

  38. Jason -  November 15, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    Sorry for the last comment uncalled for

  39. Nathan Cockadoodledoo -  November 15, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    wowzers that is mad funny

  40. Jesse Markus -  November 15, 2010 - 6:05 pm

    Uh, 32 years ago is not the 19th century! And OF COURSE the term hip-hop “dates back” to the 20th century, just over ten years ago when the term and the genre were already flourishing. Was this the least bit informative? No! Grossly inaccurate and pointless? Yes! You people are supposed to be verbivores, wordsmiths, language lovers, lexiphiles and academics, and yet I have to read this nearly-illiterate drivel?

  41. Kim -  November 15, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Enjoyed. thanks

  42. Dave -  November 15, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Just for the record … rip-rap is a type of gravel. So I guess you could really get “stoned.”

  43. mark v -  November 15, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    Formatting tags dont work, at least they dont for me? im using an old version of IE though.

  44. Saf -  November 15, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Huh. It worked. You’d think I would remember that, since I’ve used it to link Wikipedia articles before. A smart Saf would’ve checked the page source first. >_>

    At least my sacrifice was not in vain.

  45. Saf -  November 15, 2010 - 11:22 am

    “Faith, Hop, and Charity… the greatest of which is Hop.”

    Sorry, my parents were Seventh-Day Advent Hoppists.


    Oh, and @Mark V -
    [B]I’m pretty sure you can actually just use the bold tag.[/B]

  46. mark v -  November 15, 2010 - 10:24 am

    Nowhere did they specify that “Hip” was 32 years old.
    32 years ago, an event happened which involved it.

    adjective, hip·per, hip·pest, noun, verb, hipped, hip·ping. Slang .
    1. familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, developments, etc.: My parents aren’t exactly hip, you know.

    Origin:1900–05; earlier hep; of disputed orig.

    19th century, or very very early 20th.

  47. Mixmaster Mike -  November 15, 2010 - 10:22 am

    Interesting article. And to all who think they’re too cool for recognizing that “9th century” means the 1800′s, if you were actually paying attention the author indicates that ‘hip’ has, “…been a part of the African American vernacular since the late 19th century”. Sorry to disappoint you.
    As for the matter at hand, Flash and the 5 were incredible music pioneers. Thanks to them for providing the foundation for hip-hop.

  48. Ann -  November 15, 2010 - 10:10 am

    19th Century???? From the headline I thought there was going to be some link between hip hop and Beethoven! Surprised, and disappointed with the glaring error in this one.

  49. cb -  November 15, 2010 - 10:09 am

    I agree with the “hip” part… but when I was a girl “hop” was what we called a dance, short for “sock hop”, so called because we were not allowed to dance on the gym floor with shoes.

    I guess if you follow it all through… then hip-hop would have to break down to a “cool-dance”.

    I was not aware that “32 years ago” constituted the 19th century. I believe there was a mistake there, or some information was left out?

  50. prateek -  November 15, 2010 - 9:03 am

    hey!…thatz really intresting!!

  51. Bryant, Joe -  November 15, 2010 - 8:46 am

    I recommended this site to my college aged son. It is a great way to expand your word knowledge. Keep up the good work!!!

  52. Ole TBoy -  November 15, 2010 - 8:14 am

    I feel so “hip” by “hopping on your bandwagon” of information. Keep on “rockin’.”

  53. Brad -  November 15, 2010 - 8:12 am

    everyone Loves BASS! The bump of the song. The thump of a rap.

  54. james -  November 15, 2010 - 7:10 am

    thanks for the info – just to clarify, the “nineteenth century” was the 1800s. the “twentieth century” was what you are actually referring to here – 1970s and 1980s, etc. only off by about 100 years.

  55. Wiggie -  November 15, 2010 - 7:10 am

    It’s like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.

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  57. krysti -  November 15, 2010 - 6:24 am

    this is interesting. thanks for posting :)

  58. Matt -  November 15, 2010 - 6:19 am

    Well thats a fun fact but the ninetenth century would be the 1800s..and u said 32 years ago so..im thinking you meant the 20th century..

  59. AMY-LOU -  November 15, 2010 - 5:39 am

    I just read half of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey what about other music like punk,country,christian,emo,and all the other ones. Where did they come from?????????? Please someone let me know thanks!!!!!!!

  60. bree -  November 15, 2010 - 4:58 am

    thats what up! i never knew that i learn something new eur day!!!….

  61. KStil -  November 15, 2010 - 4:43 am

    I’m confused. Thirty-two years ago is not the nineteenth century, it’s the twentieth. Very disappointing.

  62. Paddy Keith-Hardy -  November 15, 2010 - 4:15 am

    Just weird.

  63. Carly -  November 15, 2010 - 4:06 am

    That is really interesting! thank you!

  64. hop the Pacific -  November 15, 2010 - 3:38 am

    And I hip.

  65. Lynda -  November 15, 2010 - 3:10 am

    LOVE how hip hop sometimes is given the respect it deserves. Hip hop is SO very important to music. Had NO idea it would ever be included into the world of dictionary.com. AWESOME!

  66. doesnt matter -  November 15, 2010 - 2:43 am

    “Hop represents the hopping movement exhibited by hip-hop performers”

    Yea, those crazy rappers always hopping across the stage!!!

    No seriously, what an odd thing to say. Unless you’re only experience of hip hop is going to see an amputee rapper’s convention, I have no idea how you came up with this.

  67. Cyberquill -  November 15, 2010 - 2:41 am

    I never quite understood the difference between hip-hop and rip-rap.

  68. athan -  November 15, 2010 - 2:37 am

    That’s the 20th century…19th century is 1801 / 1900

  69. Michael -  November 15, 2010 - 2:14 am

    Nice article,

    But aren’t you conjoining hip hop and rap techniques??

    Are you saying GMF was rapping through scat? If so, then he was rapping, and not ‘hopping’


  70. Michael Dadona -  November 15, 2010 - 2:02 am


    What a good motivational article for me to learn from your share for today. Thirty-two years ago was 1978, and I still remember there were many new genres of music composed by composers across the globe. New wave and punk rock were part from the lists.


    The last sentence at Paragraph three, shown that at the beginning point of time it’s very common not many people can accept any new concept of doing thing.

    The inventor must assiduously keep it moving forward, then later, once positive result speaks itself the community will naturally take position in implementing paradigm shift.

    Same thing happens in today’s life, if we got new idea (Hip – in the know), just do (Hop) it and must never bother for what others say about it. In this case, better be a leader proving good examples as a good example people will follow.

  71. HIPHOP | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  November 15, 2010 - 1:30 am

    [...] HIPHOP FLIP FLOP — “Hippity Hop for the money”. — All Genres change with time and diversity converging. — What’s new is old and old is new and Hep Cat “Cool Hand Luke” emerging. – “What we got hea is failya to commoonicate.”. — It doesn’t matter anymore — Our verbal skills have gone down hills with four letter words forever more. — With ego centric arrogance prejudging the hiphop score. — The one thing we Remember while driving a taxi in could B’More — is JAY Z is one cheap hammer.– Led to the International House of IHOP in B’Less from downtown — a thirteen dollar caravan taking back change for a twenty went down. — What’s a Streotype to do? –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]


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