10 Iconic American Things With Foreign Roots
There is a reason why rap music is so much more popular in the United States than the rest of the world. Even though the genre has often been accused of glorifying violence and mistreatment of women, it also glorifies beloved American ideas like capitalism, social mobility, free pursuit of happiness and going from being broke in the ghetto to having enough wealth to flaunt. As Jay-Z said, “If you grew up with holes in your zapatos, you’d be celebrating the minute you was havin’ dough”
Arguably the most important figure in the history of the genre was Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, a Jamaican immigrant in The Bronx. Campbell is credited for being the originator of the genre in the early 1970s. He did this by taking the instrumentals of funk and disco popular at the time, emphasizing the drum lines and combining those tunes with toasting – the Caribbean-born art of reciting often boastful poetry over a beat.