Hip-hop may have started in the U.S., but it's now an international phenomenon. You can find hip-hop music, dance and fashion in other parts of the English-speaking world, and also in Italy, Japan, Brazil, France and more. Of course, international commercialism has contributed to this trend - companies sell everything from music to fast food; TV and the Internet have helped spread the word.
It's not just that you're able to find American hip-hop in other countries; the whole culture has been imported and young people are making it their own. Italian rappers use their local dialects, Japanese break dancers add martial-arts moves and local traditions and politics influence the music, art and clothing in each location.
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