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The 4 Elements of Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop was born on August 11th, 1973 thanks to DJ Kool Herc and the first MC ever Coke La Rock.

The night of August 11th, 1973 DJ Kool Herc performed the Merry go round at a party he was throwing for his sister and Coke La Rock became the first MC ever when he shouted people out during the breaks of Kool Herc. That night was the first night all the elements of hip-hop came together to become “Hip-Hop, there was Djing, MCing(to the breaks), breakdancing (to the breaks), and graffiting.

There are four elements of Hip-Hop; DJingMCing(Emceeing), Breakdancing (B-Boying/B-Girling),  and Graffiting.

Over time people have added more elements to what was considered Hip-Hop, people have claimed there are five, six, seven, even nine elements to Hip-Hop but these four were the core and OG four elements of Hip-Hop.


DJing (also known as deejaying, beatmaking and/or turntablism) is an element of Hip-Hop. DJ Kool Herc was the first Hip-Hop DJ.


MCing (also known as rapping or spitting) is an element of Hip-Hop. Mcing is the biggest Hip-Hop element as rapping is ver.

An MC is a Mic Controller.


Breakdancing is an element of Hip-Hop which allows . DJ Kool Herc would perform the Merry Go Round technique and b-boys and b-girls would go crazy break dancing to the breaks.


Graffiting is an element of Hip-Hop which allows artists to express themselves with art.