View Full Version : Who Made Up The Term Hip Hop ?

Wooly Noggins
06-10-2005, 11:56 PM
JQ: Im told by more than one person that Cowboy started the term Hip Hop…

N: Yeah , you know how he started it?

J :Yes….

N: What did you hear?

J: I heard that someone was going to the army , and he was teasin’ em goin’ “Hip/Hop/Hip/Hop”….

N: Yep , Yep that’s it….and then he started goin’ further into the “Hip Hip Hop bop bop ya don’t stop” he even had us goin’ along with him. We didn’t know what he was sayin’ , but we went right along…


JQ : On that same level - Cowboy - God bless the dead - I always hear that he was a good crowd motivator . I've heard that it was between him & Starski who coined the phrase Hip Hop.

SC : To my knowledge it was definitely Cowboy . The phrase could have originated with Kool Herc , but Cowboy was the first to do the " Hip Hop hip to the hippety" thing. He used to do the army thing to the Hip Hop . So it was definitely Cowboy. Herc coined B Boy , but Hip Hop to my knowledge was Cowboys .

JQ : Caz told me that this kid was about to go to the army and Cowboy was teasin him like to the marching rhythm....Hip /Hop/ Hip/ Hop .

SC : Yeah thats how he started it...that was it .


Creole:…..On that term Hip Hop. A friend of ours named Billy was about to go to the Army , I think this was ’75. We had a party at the Black Door over on Boston Rd & 170th St. That was one of the first places that my brother , my self & Cowboy played as the 3 Emcees , along with Flash. This was Billy’s last weekend before shipping out , and Cowboy was on the mic playin around doing that Army cadence : Hip / Hop/Hip /Hop . But he was doin’ it to music and people was diggin’ on it. So we never thought much of it. Disco was king at the time , and the Disco crowd referred to us as those “Hip Hoppers” , but they used it as a derogatory term. But Cowboy was the first one I heard do that to music , as part of his crowd response.


06-11-2005, 05:54 AM
Damn.. I never heard of that lol

06-11-2005, 06:18 AM
It was Africa Bambataa who came up with the name

Wooly Noggins
06-11-2005, 10:40 AM

read the interview

we got like 5 pioneers bearing witness that Keith Cowboy did indeed create the Phrase

Bam wasn't an Mc like that
Caz, Melle,Scorp,Creole, and Rahiem says that it was Cowboys doing
thats final

Do your homework

Fatal Guillotine
01-08-2012, 04:03 PM
even though this is a old thread more people need to read this

01-08-2012, 05:53 PM
I heard spoonie gee

netscape check two
01-08-2012, 05:54 PM
How many secondaries does Sunny have? lol

01-08-2012, 07:45 PM