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  1. feature
    • ex. The movie features my favorite actor.
    • ex. Another famous singer will make an appearance at the concert tour of my favorite band.
    • ex. She believes that Paris is the ultimate vacation tourist spot to go to.
    • ex. He has a strong mind. His past experiences have shaped his strong personality.
    • ex. She is an influential singer. A lot of teens who listen to her music would like to become a singer too.


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US Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a party that celebrated hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. The celebration featured appearances by some hip-hop music pioneers. Harris held the party at the vice presidential house. Among the hip-hop artists invited were Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte, and Roxanne Shante.

Many believe that hip-hop was created during a back-to-school party on Aug. 11, 1973, at a Bronx apartment in New York City. Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc, was the DJ at that party. According to Harris, hip-hop is the “ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of America’s popular culture.” She added, “Hip-hop culture is American culture.”

Hip-hop has developed into a global industry. It has become one of the world’s most influential cultural forces. It is a multibillion-dollar industry built on many years of different forms of arts and skills. Before watching the musicians’ performance, Harris also said that hip-hop has always been a way for people to express themselves and it tells stories that are not always seen in the news.

This material was based on an article by The Associated Press.


Choose a topic and discuss the questions with your tutor.

Hip-hop Music

  • In your opinion, is hip-hop popular in your country? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Are you a fan of hip-hop music? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • According to Harris, hip-hop is the ultimate American art form that shapes American popular culture. What do you think shapes your country’s popular culture (ex. J-pop, anime)? Why? Discuss.

Music Industry

  • The 50th anniversary featured appearances by some hip-hop music pioneers. Why do you think they were featured? Discuss.
  • According to the article, hip-hop has developed into a global industry. What other types of music do you think developed into a global industry (ex. K-pop)? Why? Discuss.
  • Why do you think the music industry is influential? Discuss.