Hip Hop is you. Hip Hop is us. Hip Hop is global. Hip Hop is Black. Hip Hop is Africa. Hip Hop like all the greatest music (Jazz, Blues, etc) and dance (Samba, Tango, Jives, etc) in history was created by Black people and traces its roots to Africa. This piece takes a closer look at the origins of Hip-Hop and its appropriation by commercial entities. The article also suggests ways that the originators of these cultural expressions can financially benefit from their talent and creation.