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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...

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...

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...

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...

Snatchin’ Cazals

Hip hoppers always have the knack for being the first to be “up” on things – fashion included. If you look back in history many garments and accessories have become synonymous with hip hop music for example KANGOL hats,...

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...

The History Of Adidas Superstar

“”MY ADIDAS””…. The iconic Superstar sneakers were introduced in 1969 as a low-top variety of the Pro Model shoe. It went on to become one of the major influences in both basketball and hip-hop culture. Its unique design elements...