Difference Between Hip-hop and Pop

The terms hip hop and pop are two different genres of music. Currently, the two are most famous among youngsters.


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Nowadays both genres are commonly used in movies to catch the eyes. These two genres have very distinct stylistic elements and social impact too.

Hip-hop vs Pop

The main difference between hip hop and pop is that hip hop is more of a cultural and artistic movement whereas pop is mostly associated with commercial music.

Pop is an older genre compared to hip hop. Older recordings are upgraded in hip hop while not in the other.

Hip hop vs Pop

Hip hop was coined by Ronald Bee-stinger savage also known as the son of the hip hop movement, in the year 1990. It consists of rap and R&B which are now two different genres themselves.

Hip hop has five stylistic elements- rapping, DJing, break dancing, beatboxing, and graffiti writing. 

On the contrary, pop is an abbreviation for popular music. It means concerts that appeal to a broad audience. It consists of repeated chorus and hooks.

Here the stylistic elements are inspired by urban, rock, and country. Pop music has a tempo as that of dance music which makes the song more prone to stay on the listener’s lips.

Comparison Table

Musical OriginRapping and McingFolk music
Parent genreIt is inspired by various genres but the main are Rap and R&B.Disco and also contemporary
ToneIt has African- American tone with a slight touch of Latino.It has classical European touch.
Important elementsThere are four important elements: Rapping, DJing, beatboxing, and break dancing.Here it is the repeated chorus.
Values and philosophyEssentialism and authenticityMateriality

What is Hip hop?

Hip hop is a genre of music that consists mainly of rap along with rhythmic and rhyming speech. It was a cultural and art movement started by African-Americans.

It originated in the Bronx, New York City in the early 1970s. It gained attention by youngsters in the 1980s and got adapted in the 1990s. It was later developed in subsequent years.

In the 2000s due to online platforms discovery of hip hop music increased. It emphasizes the importance of sampling tracks and beats from older records. This has now led to flipping (upgrading older recordings).

The hip-hop movement in 1990 covered six elements: Consciousness awareness, justice, Political awareness, activism awareness, community awareness, and civil rights awareness.

During the slavery period, black people used to practice similar kinds of music as reading, writing, and other forms of entertainment were prohibited; this eventually led to the birth of Hip hop music.

It had a voice against the violence and discrimination faced by the slaves- mainly the black people.

Hip hop is mostly inspired by African – American, and Latino genres. These genres include the blues, jazz, disco, salsa, etc.

It has a broad social impact which includes language, censorship, product and endorsements, media, magazines, fashion, diversification, and education.

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What is Pop?

It is a genre of music that includes chorus and hooks.

This genre of music produces the most songs/ albums. Pop music originated in the 1950s in Britain, though it originated in the United Kingdom; it is widespread in the United States too.

Popular music and pop music is used interchangeably. But all popular music/ songs can be pop music but not all pop music can be popular music.

It is a more fleeting and accessible type of music. It is produced in such a way that it sticks to the listener’s ears.

This is because it contains repetitive choruses. It doesn’t appeal to a particular culture or ideology. It neither emphasizes craftsmanship, instead emphasizes more on the recording, production, and technological aspects.

Technological development played a key role in the creation, production, and elaboration of pop music.

Initially, it was dominated by the Americans and the British but later due to improvement in digital facilities, it spread to various other continents.

It was later influenced by European music and a new genre was created- Europop. Now various artists around the world give pop music a local touch so that it reaches a wider audience with more ease.


Main Differences Between Hip hop and Pop

  1. The Geographical origin of Hip hop is Bronx, New York city while that of pop is Britain, United Kingdom.
  2. The Musical origin of hip hop is MCing or rapping. On the other side, the origin of pop is folk music.
  3. Pop contains elements from various genres that linger on the listener’s mind; at the other end hip hop has more stylistic elements which make the social message rhythmic.
  4. Pop music is more off pleasing the audience. On the contrary, Hip hop has more social and philosophical values faced by the people; generally the black people.
  5. Hip hop emphasizes communal, political, human, and civil rights whereas pop music emphasizes technicalities only.
Difference Between Hip hop and Pop


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