Hip-hop music, or rap music, is a genre of music that is the foundational backing to rapping, or flowing lyricism. Hip-hop is the root of the entire hip-hop movement that emerged in the United States in the late 1970’s.
Hip-hop is typically performed using turntablist techniques amplifying percussive breaks and sampling technology. Rap is laid over top to rhythmically drive the piece and offer lyrical relief. As technology heightens, so does the complexity and diversity of hip-hop and rap music. New waves of hip-hop music have been created and coined as time goes on.