Hip Hop Party Ideas
Whether it’s a soulja, an original gangsta, or a newbie to the hip hop scene, hip-hop is a very important current of popular culture. Hip-hop is more than just a music genre; it is a cultural movement that transcends class, gender, and race. While hip-hop is an acquired taste and has been associated with violence, the hip-hop way of life uses rhythm, dance, and artwork to help people express themselves. Hip-hop is a truly global phenomenon, with rappers, DJs, and bboy dance troups spreading the message of the game to listeners and followers worldwide.
If you like hip-hop, then a hip-hop party is just what you need to get the party started. Hip-hop parties are very versatile and flexible. Hip-hop themed parties can range from impromptu freestyle sessions to big celebrations. Whenever you feel the need to get it down with playaz in the hizzouse, here are some ideas for your hip-hop party.
Preparation and Venue: Takin’ Care of Biznitch
Hip-hop parties can be done just about anywhere. As long as you have place to play music and a crowd gettin’ rowdy, you can have an impromptu party right there. For hip-hop themed parties, you’ll need to make some careful planning. You need to get all points covered to make sure that your party is fun and safe.
All parties run on a limited budget. Even the wealthiest hip-hop artists also use a budget for a bash. You need to outline the costs of things you’re going to use during the party. To make sure you won’t go overboard, keep the following essential party needs in mind:
- Utilities include electricity, water, heating, cooling, and venue rental. Whenever you hold a party in your home, expect your usual monthly bills to go up whenever you go to party.
- Food should be satisfying and affordable. Don’t skimp on the food you’ll serve to your guests. Breakdancing and freestyle rapping will get your guests exhausted and hungry. Make sure there’s enough good food and drink to go around during the party.
- Decorations may be free if you have them around, but you should also set aside money for other decorations for your venue to give it a true hip-hop feel. Decorations also include equipment that you need to rent or purchase, like sound systems and lighting rigs.
- Party favors are important to make your guests remember the cool party you threw for them. Party favors need not be expensive gold-plated or platinum jewelry. You can give away hip-hop compilations, hats, or personalized jerseys.
- Miscellaneous expenses should be listed just in case your expenses go overboard. You never know when you’re going to need extra party favors, or you need to buy extra food or drinks for late guests.
Hip hop jersey
Not everyone appreciates hip-hop. Many hip-hop records are performed by African-American and Latino American artists, and are oriented towards the youth. Some may find the music or the lifestyle appalling, or disagree with the message of the music. It doesn’t mean that all adults don’t like hip-hop, though. When planning out your guest list, go through the list one more time to see if they’re the type of people who would enjoy themselves in the party.
Many hip-hop followers are very protective of the cultural movement, and are sensitive to things like merely dressing up to look fly or down. Being called a “poser” is not only degrading and humiliating, but it can also provoke violence. You may need to contact security contractors and agencies to break up any fights that may take place inside and outside the party venue. Always keep 911 and other emergency numbers on hand just in case something goes wrong.
Dress and Decoration: Keepin’ It Real
Hip-hop is more than just apple-bottom jeans and boots with the fur. Casual, come-as-you-are clothes are very suitable for hip-hop parties. If your guests are not sure about what they can wear for the party, here are some suggestions to make them jive with the hip-hop trend:
- Sports jerseys. Jerseys from professional football or basketball teams are often worn by many followers of the hip-hop culture. To get the best effect, buy baggy, oversized jerseys of your favorite team.
- Hoodies give a whole new literal meaning to the phrase, “in the hood.” Like jerseys, buy oversized hoodies to give yourself a hip-hop makeover.
- Carpenter or cargo pants are loose, low-riding pants that are synonymous with many hip-hop groups and acts. You can buy them from department stores or from second-hand clothing shops in a pinch.
- Pump sneakers. Nothing says “original bboy apostle” more than 80s-style pump sneakers with Velcro straps and inflatable insteps. You can buy a pair of these from specialty shoe stores.
- Jewelry. Bling can include everything from clock necklaces to giant rings and silver or platinum plated chains. Grills are also popular among hip-hop followers. Hip-hop jewelry can be expensive, although you can get imitation ones just to get a feel for the lifestyle.
Hip hop hoodie
Music: Rhyme and Rhythm
Hip-hop parties are not complete without music and beats for your gets to get down to. Music stores have plenty of selections for hip-hop music. Fans have their own preferences when it comes to hip hop. Some may prefer “old-school” hip-hop compared to recent trends in rap-metal fusions. Many feuds have also been drawn and fought between the West Coast and East Coast hip-hop movements.
Your hip-hop party does not have to be as violent as the history of hip-hop. Here are some artists and pieces you can use for your hip-hop party:
- KRS One: “Sound of Bronx,” “Rappaz R. N. Dainja,” “Stop the Violence”
- Wu Tang Clan: “Protect Ya Neck,” “It’s Yourz,” “C.R.E.A.M”
- Tupac Shakur: “California Love,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Life Goes On”
- Bone Thugs-n-Harmony: “Resurrection,” “Tha Crossroads,” “Foe the Love of $”
- Cypress Hill: “Latin Thug,” “Rap/Rock Superstar,” “Insane in the Membrane”
- NWA: “Gangsta Gangsta,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Appetite For Destruction”
- LL Cool J: “I’m That Type Of Guy,” “Father,” “Ain’t Nobody”
- Three 6 Mafia: “Poppin’ My Collar,” “Stay Fly,” “Some Bodies Gonna Get It”
- Eminem: “Lose Yourself,” “Without Me,” “My Name Is”
- Ludacris: “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Rollout”
- Or you could just choose from the artists listed in the list of Top ten hip hop artists of all time.
LL Cool J
Activities: Breakin’ It Down
Hip-hop parties are not complete without gettin’ it down, whether it’s on the balconies or on the floor. Hip-hop is a style of music meant to be enjoyed. With hip-hop music playing on the background, you have virtually an unlimited number of things that you can do during the party:
Freestyle rapping is where almost every multi-platinum selling hip-hop artist started out from. You never know when you or one of your friends will take to the mic and represent with an all-out original freestyle. Some people may take freestyling seriously and show their mad skills to everyone in the audience. Otherwise, you can just link rhyming words and phrases together just for fun. You can even make a contest out of the event.
Breakdance and Bboying
For many hip-hop followers, dance is an important part of self-expression in hip-hop. Simple dance party steps can be used while the groove is on, but the most sophisticated and complicated steps are reserved for breakdancing and bboying. Breakdancing and bboying both involve acrobatic steps taken from gymnastics, capoeira, African dance rituals, and even the martial arts. If you have a breakdancing troupe invited for your party, or if one of your friends knows how to bboy, you’ll be amazed at the sophistication and grace of a very acrobatic dance routine. (Learn how to breakdance)
Food: Eats With Da Beat
You don’t need to slave over a hot stove while the rest of your guests are turnin’ the party up and gettin’ it on. Many restaurants specialize in party catering that you could use to feed your guests quickly and easily. Here are some foods that you can order from a catering service for your party:
- Chicken and Waffles is a popular food among many Americans, and has been popularized as a comfort food for many who follow hip-hop.
- Nachos is easy to eat and even easier on the stomach, especially if you’re going to do a lot of dancing or freestyling.
- Soul food like chitlins, country fried chicken, chicken fried steak, black-eyed peas, and biscuits remind many hip-hop enthusiasts of the origins of the hip-hop cultural movement.
- Champagne may be on the expensive side, but many hip-hop artists and personalities revel in the good life. While you don’t have to break your budget over cases of Moët et Chandon or bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal, some bottles of good-quality champagne can give your party some added pomp and flair.
Chicken fried steak
If you want the fo-shizzle that will make your weekend sizzle, you may want to consider a hip-hop themed party for your next gathering. Everyone in the hizzouse will holla at the fine flava of the game ballin’ party goin’ on.
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