Jamming in current musical terms is more than just a bunch of players or musicians coming together and trying out the sounds they could produce in an improvised manner. However, this kind of thing is often the start of a recording process which could create their own unique labels. The trippy thing is not to be considered just plain fun but a way of actually creating excellent music.
This is one the most creative processes which often allows for major creative bursts which are unplanned and are impromptu. Some of the best hip hop record labels started this way, and some could have even started in street corners where youngsters could gather on an evening. They might bring along some instruments and turntables and some recording equipment.
The cultural ambience created by such settings cut deep chords in the psyche of black America. The rest of the country of course has responded by taking to the kind of music produced. This is a fun but often aware commentary on all current things happening within African American culture in relation to the national one.
Hip hop was originally created for kids who wanted to have the strong and stripped down beats they could dance to. The rhythms here come from Africa and the emphasis on the fluid beats that you could move your body to. There is a language here that typifies the most ancient of recording techniques for tribes.
The drums themselves could have their own codes, and therefore some areas in this country also developed tribal cultures of their own. Their beats have their own identities, different between kids, say, which have grown up in LA and those which live in Chicago. Thus hip hop is also a regional as well as an overall national movement.
Record labels could form immediately after a group of players have created enough material for one or two albums. The concern before was that major record companies did not appreciate the viability or the commercial potential of what was basically street music. The informal quality seemed better suited to playing out in small venues.
But the music genre has proven its worth over time and is now plays anywhere in stadium rock venues. The record sales are also stratospheric and have even made the once indie type of outfits become a major part of the musical scene. The artists themselves might have founded these and may have parted with some financiers to make any one label work.
Commercial success of course have spawned imitators, but these themselves are just waiting for the day when they spark enough interest with an audience. There is not telling which one of these will suddenly become popular and the players are all dedicated to making more brilliant improvisations from live performances. Live is something that really defines this genre, as well as dance moves.
Many people who are in this field are blacks, but recently there has been a spate of white hip hop artists too. These have integrated into the African dominated scene, and pay their obeisance to the icons and legends here by following in their musical footsteps. While there is much protest against the treatment of blacks for this genre, it actually works with equality and democracy in mind.