In today's society, most are under the impression that Hip Hop is a recent phenomena that began in 1973. In fact, more often then not, people over the age of 50, will say that Hip Hop is what is destroying the minds of Black youth. Are they sure that's not 'rap' doing that? Do most people even know that there is a difference between the two(rap and hip hop)? I doubt it. No matter where we go, the one thing we never leave behind is our culture. Even in the harshest of situations, it always seems to resurface itself, but in a different form. I know most think that there is little to nothing African about Blacks in America. But on the contrary, there is something very African about them. Hip Hop has always been here. Its just a matter of recognizing how it manifests itself. Don't believe me? Let's see then....... Ceremonial dancer is today's break dancer The Ancient drummers are today's DJs The Priest who led all ceremonial and traditional events is the MC aka Master of Ceremonies In KMT, we had Hieroglyphs. Today, we have graffiti. Is this all by coincidence? One of the most important aspect of Hip Hop that is often overlooked, is its linguistics. The linguistics of Hip Hop is Ebonics. Though considered to be a single language, Ebonics is actually a family of languages(sound familiar?). This family includes, but is not limited to: Creole, Patwa, and African American/Black Vernacular English. The language itself, is actually a carry over from our Ancestral tongues. The reason why its difficult for us to pronounce certain words is because some of the syllables in those words, are non-existent in our Ancestral tongues. The connection to our ancestors is amazing isn't?