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Synthetic Substitution – Melvin Bliss Doc

The Beat lives on… Real cool insight into one of my fave breakbeats. check out both clips. you dig. Synthetic Substitution (1973) was sampled in over 300 records inc: Ego Trippin’ by Ultramagnetic MC’s (1986) Saturday Night by Schoolly...

Sample This (Incredible Bongo Band)

Sample This – The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band “The Gunshots That Rang Out In The Summer Of 1968 Started A musical Revolution.” A documentary looks at the impact and the story behind one of the most important...

The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Official 2012 Trailer (HD) SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast...

Graffiti pioneer “Stay High 149” R.I.P.

Seminal graffiti artist Wayne Roberts, better known as “Stay High 149,” the tag he painted on New York City subway cars throughout the early ’70s, died June 11th from complications of liver disease in the Bronx, N.Y. He was...

DJ Mean Gene (The L Brothers)

Hip Hop Pioneer, DJ Mean Gene’s history and involvement in the Hip Hop Culture. DJ Mean Gene is from the “old school” with a ton of knowledge and has had a major impact on what we call Hip Hop...

Ultramagnetic MC’s – Bronx Bombers (1992)

Ultramagnetic – Bronx Bombers THE SOURCE • JUNE 1992. by Reef “In London and Europe there are a lot rebellious young people. And hardcore music itself is rebellious, and so is rap culture. They studied rap like scientists.” FLIP...

Red Alert signs off Kiss

Hip Hop legend DJ Red Alert signed off from Kiss 98.7. in his own words from his facebook page: “AS I’M ABOUT TO DO MY FINAL SHOW ON 98.7 KISS FM (10PM – 12 MIDNIGHT EST), I CALL IT...

Beat Master Marley Marl

Without doubt my fave Hip Hop producer as a kid was Marley Marl and I use the word ‘producer’ in this case rather than ‘beat maker’…  by Steve Huey c/o AllMusic One of hip-hop’s first (and finest) superproducers, Marley...

Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983

The Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983 (May-2004, Stones Throw) It took over 20 years, but Connecticut is finally being recognized for its contributions to rap. A long time, to be sure, but understandable when you’re in the shadow...

Originators of The Mixtape

Mixtapes have been around just about as long as hip-hop has, only they weren’t called “mixtapes” back in the 1970s, they were known as “party tapes.” They were born for the same reason mixtapes thrive today: the need to...

Pioneer of Rap, King Stitt, dies

Pioneer of rap reggae, King Stitt, dies at 72 KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – King Stitt, a pioneer in rap reggae, died Tuesday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica. He was 72. Stitt died at his home in the capital...

Michael Martin – Iz the Wiz

“Look at any movie shot on location in New York from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and you will very likely see an Iz tag,” By WILLIAM GRIMES Published: June 29, 2009 In the 1970s and ’80s,...

James Brown “The Godfather Of Rap”

DJ 279 takes an in depth look at James Brown’s music career, as well as showcasing a few of the numerous Rap Classics that have sampled his music. Special Guests include Dez Parkes, Marley Marl, Ed Lover (Yo MTV...

The Birth of Planet Rock

You Can’t Stop Us Now: The Birth of Planet Rock by Mark Skillz It was an age of wonder. It was the era of the pocket calculator and the digital watch. Toy manufacturer Coleco introduced the first electronic pocket-sized...

Spectrum City – (Early Public Enemy)

 Their early history is great; Hank and Keith Boxley (who changed their surname to Shocklee) started Spectrum City in the mid 70s as a mobile DJing unit in Roosevelt, Long Island, and a lot of the energy of the...

Tuff City Records – Aaron Fuchs

  Tuff City Records: Interview with Aaron Fuchs           Fat Lace Magazine » Tuff City Records (Part 1): Interview with Aaron Fuchs. Meeting Aaron Fuchs on his home turf is like walking into a hip-hop...

Bongo Barbershop – Africa

Bongo Barbershop | Africanhiphop.com. You may know Balozi as Dola Soul as a member of the legendary Deplowmatz, one of the first rap groups in East Africa to hold it down in the mid nineties. Balozi lives in NYC...

Tommy Boy’s Silverman Talks Business

Tom Silverman, CEO of Tommy Boy Records, on the Music Industry Interview by FuNkwoRm on 05-10-2009 Tommy Boy Records’ role in the history of hip hop has been of great significance. From the very beginning, artists on that label...

The Arthur Baker Connection.

I knew before there was even a rap on it. I went home the night we cut the track and brought the tape home and I said to my wife at the time, “We’ve just made musical history”.  PLANET...

Cold Chillin’ | Stones Throw Records

Cold Chillin’ | Stones Throw Records. Stones Throw, in conjunction with Biz Markie, photographer George DuBose, Soul-Cal and Traffic Entertainment Group, presents the exclusive sale of a series of Cold Chillin’ tee shirts. Cold Chillin’ – a seminal hip...

When Did Reggae Become Rap

When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? By D. George Published Apr 24, 2004 When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? Are we not putting the carriage before the horse? Contrary to what many may say Rap...

Bobby Robinson (1918-2011) Unreleased History

Bobby Robinson, the founder of one of the first rap labels, Enjoy Records, and the first record man to sign a bonafide hip-hop act from the streets of the Bronx — Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Bobby Robinson...

ESG – A Disco Hip Hop Punk Fusion

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) are a band that emerged from the South Bronx, New York, U.S. in the early 1980′s. The band originally consisted of the Scroggins sisters, Renee (vocals), Valerie (drums), Deborah (bass) and Marie (congas, vocals)...

Disco DJs & Sound Systems

The Roots Of Hip Hop Digging beyond just the “popular Black music” of the 1960s and 70s, further roots of Hip Hop are found in Jazz, African American literature, and the Black Arts Movement of the period.  In particular,...

The Story Of Wild Style

 The Story Of Wild Style The Hip Hop History Wild Style | Hip Hop Blog. Posted by Lee Copeland on Feb 19, 2011 in Hip Hop History   Well into its thirties, Hip Hop has grown into a forever...

DJ Pete Jones

Juggling 2 turntables in 1969 JayQuan talks with Pete Jones. JayQuan : Peace …I don’t know where to start….when did you start actually spinning 2 copies of the same record…and what kind of records were you working with ?...

Hip-Hop Timeline 1970-1989

1970   When The Revolution Comes… The Last Poets release their eponymous debut album. It’s combination of spare funk and aggressive, socially-conscious spoken word will be an early brick in the foundation of what would come to be hip-hop....

The History Of Breaking

“Get on the Good Foot” Breakdancing seems so different from all other kinds of dancing that the first question people ask when they see it is: “Where did these kids learn to dance like that?” To many people, this...

UK Hip Hop DJ’s Biznizz & Pogo

 UK Hip Hop Legends DJ Biznizz and DJ Pogo breaking it down for “True School Stories”. True School Stories is a WHOA! TV presentation that follows the legends of UK Rap. In this fourth two part episode we talk...

Aerosol Originals: PHASE 2

(aka Lonny Wood) another and well known New York City graffiti artists. Mostly active in the 1970s, Phase 2 is generally credited with originating the “bubble letter” style of graffiti writing, also known as “softies”. He was also influential...

Kool Herc’s First Block Party

DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister’s birthday) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York 13 August 1973 by Angus Batey, The Guardian DJ Kool Herc: ‘When I extended the break, people were ecstatic, because that...

Sylvia Robinson, ‘mother of hip-hop’

Sylvia Robinson’s career has taken several aspects, partly as a performer, along with a later role as a businesswoman, running her own, very influential record label.Sylvia had two chart toppers, one as half of Mickey & Sylvia with ‘Love...