Inkosi Make Hip-Hop Great Again Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

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This art is a worldwide phenomenon and has evolved in many ways since it's inception. Many people think that the art has been compromised and commercialized to a point where Hip-Hop and rap have become low budget commodities. For all of those that love hip-hop as a culture and want it to survive; this shirt is for you. We listed the original five elements of hip-hop below for those that may not be familiar with them:
1. DJing (aural) – This was a new found manipulation of sounds that was used to create music. The innovative breaks and isolation of the percussive beat was what gave hip hop its initial rise. This new form of DJing was started by Kool DJ Herc who created hip hop in the 1970’s. In the early days, the DJs were the stars and later rappers such as Kurtis Blow and Grand Master Flash with their ingenious rhymes gained prominence in the spotlight.

2. MCing (oral) – Manifested from the social conditions of the time. This form of poetic and “verbal acrobatics” was derived from ancient African culture and oral tradition. Also known as “rapping” this element removed the veil that isolated the wider culture from the social conditions of many underserved urban communities. The rapid fire wordplay, spoke the truth of stories that weren’t being told and gave rise to a new urban narrative.

3. Breakdance (physical) – Groups such as Shaka Zulu Kings, Zulu Queens and the Rock Steady Crew gave rise to B-Boying/B-Girling. Breaking can be described as “poetry in motion”. Its acrobatics style with influences of gymnastics, Capoeria, martial arts and other cultural influences speaks to the innovative wave ushered in by hip hop culture.

4. Graffiti (visual) – This is one of the most controversial of the elements. As most graffiti artist leave their artwork in public places and “tag” it by leaving their names. TAKI 183, made this form of artistic representation famous and in neighborhood such as Wynwood, Little Haiti and Opa-locka we can see this art form’s widespread integration with bursts of energy and vibrancy on buildings throughout the cities.

5. Knowledge (mental) – This element is the thread that weaves all the other elements together. “Knowledge of self” refers to the Afro-diasporic mix of spiritual and political consciousness designed to empower members of oppressed groups” according Travis Gosa in his book entitled The Fifth Element of Hip Hop: Knowledge. This quote merges with the vision that Bambaataa had of hip-hop as a force for social change. Bambaataa states that “America has systematized our minds to be into materialism”, but instead of buying into this notion, we should think about how we can give back to our communities. , comfortable, and soft – this t-shirt was made just for you. And it can withstand several washings while maintaining its shape, so it's great for everyday wear!
* 5 elements of hip hop brought to you by http://muce305.org/5-elements-of-hip-hop/

• 100% fine jersey cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.3 oz (146 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Double stitched
• Made in the USA

Size guide

  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest (inches) 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 48-50 50-52
Waist (inches) 28-30 30-32 32-33 33-34 36-38 40-42 44-48

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