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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Half Man Half Machine Mantronix

Mantronix provided rap music with its first man-machine, Kurtis Mantronik These days when we think of Beat makers the MPC or Maschine comes to mind but the art and technicality of programing a REAL 808 or 909 should never...

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...

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...