How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game

How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game
by Nelson George
Here's a piece by cultural critic Nelson George on the pages of Billboard. - Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was [...]

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The Birth Of Def Jam

The Birth Of Def Jam
with Rick Rubin
In this Rolling Stone interview, Def Jam founder and legendary producer Rick Rubin returns to the New York University dorm room where his career began in the early 1980s and reminisces about the birth of hip hop. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings. With [...]

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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith
The Saga of Larry Smith
Remember when Run declared to the world that “Larry put me inside his Cadillac” on Run-DMC’s breakthrough single “Sucker MCs”? That very same Caddy was featured at the start of the iconic “Rock Box” video, which showed the song’s producer, Larry Smith—along with Run-DMC and their extended entourage—tumbling out of the ride, [...]

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How Hip Hop Got Its Name

How Hip Hop Got Its Name
know The Ledge !
The origins of the phrase go deeper than Sugarhill Gang. Hip-hop — they were the first words on the genre’s first big hit, the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 song,Rapper’s Delight.” But at the time no one—not even the young kids who had invented the music, the dances, the rhymes, and the visual art of [...]

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Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers
Narrated by Chuck D
Founding Fathers is a fascinating and at times controversial history of DJs/emcees/promoters in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, and their roles in hip-hop and NYC sound system culture. While the Bronx is the acknowledged birthplace of hip-hop and home to its greatest and most storied pioneers, Founding Fathers presents the largely untold [...]

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It’s Yours – T La Rock

It’s Yours – T La Rock
30esimo Anniversario
È un pomeriggio di settembre del 2006 nel quartiere di Washington Heights ad Harlem. Nell’appartamento al primo piano di un project identico a quelli che caratterizzano diversi isolati in quest’area si trova uno studio di registrazione con diversi campionatori, drum machine e tastiere che appartengono a un tempo passato. Il [...]

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