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While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term ''hip hop music'' is sometimes used synonymously with the term ''rap music'', though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing and scratching, beatboxing, and [[Instrumental hip hop|instrumental tracks]].
 
While often used to refer to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term ''hip hop music'' is sometimes used synonymously with the term ''rap music'', though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing and scratching, beatboxing, and [[Instrumental hip hop|instrumental tracks]].
 
==Origin of the term==
 
==Origin of the term==
[[File:Cowboy.jpg|thumb|[[Cowboy]] performing in the 1980s.]]The term "hip hop" is credited to Keith "[[Cowboy]]" Wiggins, a member of [[Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five]]. It is believed that Wiggins coined the term when he was teasing a friend who had just joined the U.S. Army, by scat singing the words "hip/hop/hip/hop" in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of soldiers marching. Wiggins worked the "hip hop" cadence into a part of his live stage performances, which was later used by other artists such as [[The Sugarhill Gang]] on their song "[[Rapper's Delight]]".
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[[File:Cowboy.jpg|thumb|A photo of Cowboy performing in the 1980s.]]The term "hip hop" is credited to Keith "[[Cowboy]]" Wiggins, a member of [[Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five]]. It is believed that Wiggins coined the term when he was teasing a friend who had just joined the U.S. Army, by scat singing the words "hip/hop/hip/hop" in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of soldiers marching. Wiggins worked the "hip hop" cadence into a part of his live stage performances, which was later used by other artists such as [[The Sugarhill Gang]] on their song "[[Rapper's Delight]]".
   
 
In the early years of the subculture, the movement went untitled until [[Universal Zulu Nation]] founder [[Afrika Bambaataa]] began using "hip hop" to describe the subculture in which the music belonged.
 
In the early years of the subculture, the movement went untitled until [[Universal Zulu Nation]] founder [[Afrika Bambaataa]] began using "hip hop" to describe the subculture in which the music belonged.
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