"Isn't Hip Hop a musical style?"
It is. I used to think that's ALL it was. A style of music.
Through producing the Winter Block Party and working closely with Kevin Coval, Daniel Ash, Jesse Menendez, Alice Kim, and a host of collaborators over the past five years, I have witnessed that Hip Hop is far more than "just" a style of music. It is a political posture, it's an artistic medium, it's a perspective of the world, it's an attitude. It is also a style of dress, of dancing, of celebrating life, of communicating.
You don't need to produce a Block Party for Hip Hop to experience what I have - you can just come to the Metro this Saturday and soak it in. Ask questions. Listen and let it seep into your skin.
If you've never witnessed B-Boys and B-Girls (the shorthand comes from either "Breakdancing" or "Beat" depending on who you ask), then you haven't seen one of the most amazing displays of physical prowess, grace and absolute "in yer face" athletic dancing anywhere by anyone.