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FUN MAGAZINE, March 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 3
Yo! What's Hip Hop?
By C'est Le Nanan
Translated by Richard Lu (§f¬F¿o)
Hip-hop is more than just music: It's a lifestyle and a culture.
DJing, dance, MCing, and graffiti are the four main elements
of hip-hop. The spirit of hip-hop is best represented by rap
music, which focus on rhythm and lyrics. This kind of music
is closely related to street dance. Originally, the use of
mixing tapes to create new tunes was novel. Graffiti, first
used by gangs to mark their turf, later developed into an
independent art form.
Hip-hop culture is popular in Taiwan. Magazines like Bang
and Cool teach basic dance steps, and report the genre¡¦s
newest fashions. Bang Sister, aimed at female readers,
is somewhat like hiphop¡¦s Cosmopolitan. If you are interested
in learning hip-hop dance--including freestyle, poppin¡¦,
breakin¡¦, and lockin¡¦--you can take lessons at FelizFuFu
Dance Studio (B1, 18, WuChang St, Sec. 2, (02) 2389-8462),
Original Rhythm Dance Studio (2F, 41, JinShi St., (02)
2557-9438), or TBC Dance Studio (B1, 153, YanJi St., (02)
8773-6017). Analogue Park (4, Lane 91, WuChang St., Sec.
2, (02) 2370-6197) teaches from the basic rules of hip-hop
music, including the use of mixing tapes, to a professional
Specialty store DA PROJECT RECORDS, at 37, Lane 77, ChungHsiao
E. Rd. Sec. 4 (tel: (02) 8771-6745) has hip-hop, rap,
R&B, urban soul, funk, plus professional DJing equipment.
For clothing and accessories, try Super Workshop (36-1,
HanJung St., (02) 2389-8758), WOOD (24, Lane 96, KunMing
St., (02) 2388-9572), or DOOBIEST (122, WuChang St. Sec.
2, (02) 2370-9171) which is owned by the famous DJ George.
Some local hip-hop acts have started to get the public¡¦s
attention. MC Hot Dog, Taiwan¡¦s first well-known rapper,
has released three albums and an EP. Dog G,whose style is
more Taiwanese, is admired by many.