Graffiti is the sacred script of hip hop. Graffiti visually expressed the essence of early hip hop—youth rebelling against widespread disinvestment from urban areas by creating their own underground culture with whatever tools they had.
The art of rebellion
Graffiti, and hip hop in general, rebelled against whatever identities those in power tried to foist on urban youth. Government names were exchanged for tags, what was regarded as vandalism became masterpieces, and the constant despair of poverty became a call to party.
Graffiti: Innovation and style
Graffiti and hip hop united through "style." Artists prioritized unique self-expression, making their mark. Graffiti writers showcased intricate lettering and innovation, while hip hop artists displayed distinctive flows, rhymes, and fashion.
An ever-lasting impact
Emerging from urban communities suffering from widespread disinvestment in the early 1970s, graffiti and hip hop in general asserted the creative power of urban youth, creating new identities and a new global culture in the process, rooted in style.