Dancehall star Spice’s recent appearance on “The Breakfast Club” sparked an online debate over the weekend surrounding hip-hop’s true origins, with the artist stating that hip-hop has roots in Jamaica.
It’s long been documented that the popular genre was invented in the Bronx in the 1970s by Jamaican-born artist DJ Kool Herc. Clive Campbell, now 66, was influenced greatly by the sound systems he grew to love and modified them to create hip-hop.
Spice referenced this while speaking to Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee when trying to understand why Charlamagne loved hip-hop, but couldn’t find interest in dancehall music. “You love hip-hop though, but hip-hop came from dancehall, you know that right. The people who started hip-hop was a Jamaican who came to New York,”She told Charlamagne.
The “Love and Hip Hop” star’s comment caught the attention of several people, including comedian and actress Amanda SealesMedia personality Tariq Nasheed.
In a post posted to Instagram on Sunday June 27, the “Insecure”Star addressed comments that Nicki Minaj (Trinidadian rapper) was appropriating hip -hop. Seales provided many screenshots of highly influential people in music, many of whom were raised in the Caribbean islands like Herc, Grandmaster Flash in Bridgetown, Barbados and Doug E. Fresh in Barbados.
“HIP HOP WAS CULTIVATED IN AMERICA,”She wrote in a single word. “CARIB BORN/CARIB DESCENDANTS HAVE PLAYED A MASSIVE ROLE IN ITS CREATION & CONTINUANCE. TO SUGGEST THAT CARIBBEAN PEOPLE ARE ‘APPROPRIATING HIP HOP’ IS LIKE SAYING PUERTO RICANS ARE APPROPRIATING BREAK DANCING.”
Amanda Seales joins the debate regarding hip-hop’s origins. Photo: @amandaseales/Instagram
She captioned her post. “America is a uniquely placed nucleus of Black culture.”She continued, “So much innovation has come from the hands of black folks brought here and born here and in the case of hip hop a blend that also includes black folks birthed elsewhere who bolstered their identity in the building of BOOM BAP!”
However, Nasheed didn’t see it that way. “There is huge online debate about whether or not Caribbeans created Hip Hop. The facts are, all elements Hip Hop was 100% created by FOUNDATIONAL BLACK AMERICANS. The old heads from the Bronx who were there, will literally laugh in your face for saying Caribbeans started it,”He wrote the following tweet on Saturday 26 June. Later, he attached a clip showing two men being asked the exact same question. Both men disagreed.
There is a huge debate online about whether or no Caribbeans invented Hip Hop.
The truth is that all elements of Hip Hop were created 100% by FOUNDATIONAL BROWN AMERICANS.
The old heads from the Bronx who were there, will literally laugh in your face for saying Caribbeans started it pic.twitter.com/q2OJWOMr5N
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 26, 2021
He later retweeted a post from Seales’ Instagram story where she commented, “THE CULTURE WAS CULTIVATED IN THE US BY BLACK FOLKS FROM THE ACROSS THE DIASPORA AND CONTINUES TO FLOURISH!” He captioned the actress’ post, writing “Oh Lort.”
Online visitors had mixed opinions about where hip-hop came from. This was evident as the topic appeared on several blogs. One comment was made. “To say that hip-hop was created from dance hall vs saying it was created by black people of Caribbean descent is two very different things.”Another person stated, “I think black people of ALL cultures helped initiate anything that flourishes in our communities and it’s stupid to argue with each other about it. Ameria is a mixing pot.”