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Talking and singing over rhythm is not unique to hip hop or rap music. This rhythm comes from African traditions where village chiefs used drums and singing to announce births, deaths, weddings, and warnings. Africans took music with them to the Americas merging their culture and spirituality with that of indigenous peoples, and using it to maintain hope, find courage and to fight against oppression.
Youth in the Americas continue this tradition as they sing and rap over rhythm about their day-to-day perserverance over racism, poverty, underemployment and government censorship with self-determination and positive expression, mixing traditional and hip hop music and cultures to create personal and community-wide change.