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Hip Hop Fashion:

N.W.A.
This legendary group embodied the attitude of Hip Hop at the end of the 80's, and it was apparent in their image. They wore casual staples like crewnecks, jeans, and tees, but coupled with their swagger, took them from basic to bold.

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Hip Hop Fashion:

N.W.A.
This legendary group embodied the attitude of Hip Hop at the end of the 80's, and it was apparent in their image. They wore casual staples like crewnecks, jeans, and tees, but coupled with their swagger, took them from basic to bold.

#hiphophistory

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Hip Hop History:

In 1990, after shooting his cousin and leading police on a high-speed chase, Slick Rick is captured and taken to prison. Def Jam head, Russell Simmons bails Rick out in time to finish his second album, "The Ruler's Back," but Rick is eventually sentenced to five years in prison on charges of attempted murder.
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Hip Hop History:

In 1990, after shooting his cousin and leading police on a high-speed chase, Slick Rick is captured and taken to prison. Def Jam head, Russell Simmons bails Rick out in time to finish his second album, "The Ruler's Back," but Rick is eventually sentenced to five years in prison on charges of attempted murder.
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Hip Hop History. H Rap Brown

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, (born October 4, 1943, as Hubert Gerold Brown), also known as H. Rap Brown, was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, and during a short-lived (six months) alliance between SNCC and the Black Panther Party, he served as their Minister of Justice. He is perhaps most famous for his proclamation during that period that "violence is as American as cherry pie", as well as once stating that "If America don't come around, we're gonna burn it down". For many in the Hip Hop generation, H Rap Brown became known via his book "Die Nigger Die" which his is autobiography penned in 1969 where he not only lays out his political vision, but also recounts the various word and rhyme games he played as a youngster growing up in Baton Rouge in the late 1950s. 
Known as the Dozens Brown’s sharp rhyme tongue led to him getting the nick name ‘Rap‘. Some of the rhymes found in that book would later go on to be immortalized in songs like "Rappers Delight", in particular the one that read ‘I’m Hemp the Demp the Women’s Pimp..Over the years he’s been named checked and sampled by everyone from Public Enemy on down to Bay Area rapper Paris. [research/wiki/article]

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Hip Hop History. H Rap Brown

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, (born October 4, 1943, as Hubert Gerold Brown), also known as H. Rap Brown, was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, and during a short-lived (six months) alliance between SNCC and the Black Panther Party, he served as their Minister of Justice. He is perhaps most famous for his proclamation during that period that "violence is as American as cherry pie", as well as once stating that "If America don't come around, we're gonna burn it down". For many in the Hip Hop generation, H Rap Brown became known via his book "Die Nigger Die" which his is autobiography penned in 1969 where he not only lays out his political vision, but also recounts the various word and rhyme games he played as a youngster growing up in Baton Rouge in the late 1950s.
Known as the Dozens Brown’s sharp rhyme tongue led to him getting the nick name ‘Rap‘. Some of the rhymes found in that book would later go on to be immortalized in songs like "Rappers Delight", in particular the one that read ‘I’m Hemp the Demp the Women’s Pimp..Over the years he’s been named checked and sampled by everyone from Public Enemy on down to Bay Area rapper Paris. [research/wiki/article]

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 22nd - Ice Cube protégés Da Lench Mob release their debut album, “Guerillas In Tha Mist”, on Street Knowledge Records, on this day in 1992.  The four man crew of J-Dee, T-Bone, Maulkie and Shorty had appeared on previous Ice Cube recordings and were now poised to drop their own brand on Nation Of Islam/Street Knowledge Records on their first set.  Guerillas In Tha Mist would feature the hit singles, “Freedom Got An A.K.” and the title track.  The gold-selling album featured guest appearances by B-Real of Cypress Hill and Ice Cube who also produced the release along with Chilly Chill, Rashad, Mr. Woody and T-Bone of Da Lench Mob.

source:  RapStation.
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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 22nd - Ice Cube protégés Da Lench Mob release their debut album, “Guerillas In Tha Mist”, on Street Knowledge Records, on this day in 1992. The four man crew of J-Dee, T-Bone, Maulkie and Shorty had appeared on previous Ice Cube recordings and were now poised to drop their own brand on Nation Of Islam/Street Knowledge Records on their first set. Guerillas In Tha Mist would feature the hit singles, “Freedom Got An A.K.” and the title track. The gold-selling album featured guest appearances by B-Real of Cypress Hill and Ice Cube who also produced the release along with Chilly Chill, Rashad, Mr. Woody and T-Bone of Da Lench Mob.

source: RapStation.
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Hip Hop History:  RIP DJ Screw. 
DJ Screw the Icon:
Born: Robert Earl Davis, jr. on July 20, 1971 in Houston, TX.
It all started with one man and his desire to slow the world down. Though his unfortunate demise on November 16, 2000, has been surrounded by several myths, DJ Screw's iconic stripe has never been in question. 
The Technique:
Legend has it that a DJ named Darryl Scott initiated the art of slowing records back in the early 80s, but it was Screw (born Robert Earl Davis jr.) who propelled that art form to unfathomable heights. Using the pitch control feature on the turntable, Screw was able to cut the normal speed of his records in half, giving them a woozy feel. Screw's hallucinogenic hip-hop style grew in popularity via the famous screwed up tapes. 
His Legacy:
Screw never released his music on a major imprint, but labels now offer C&S versions of prominent CDs. Artists like Lil Wayne, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Dem Franchize Boyz, and even rockers the Transplants have all had their albums chopped and screwed by the triumvirate of Screw's discipleship: O.G. Ron C, Michael "5000" Watts, and Paul Wall. What's more, some have successfully chopped & screwed R&B CDs and even music videos, regularly featured on Chop TV.
Like a true legend, DJ Screw pioneered, perfected, and popularized a unique movement. A moment of silence for the late great Mayor of Screwston, TX. 
On November 16, 2000, Davis was found deceased inside of his Houston recording studio in the 8100 block of Commerce Park Drive.  Fans speculated about the true cause of his death.  When the coroner reports were released, they confirmed that he died of a codeine overdose in addition to mixed drug intoxication. The codeine came from a prescription-strength cough syrup that he would mix with soda to concoct a beverage called purple drank. In addition to codeine, Valium and PCP were found in his blood.  His funeral took place at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in his hometown of Smithville, Texas. 
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Hip Hop History: RIP DJ Screw.
DJ Screw the Icon:
Born: Robert Earl Davis, jr. on July 20, 1971 in Houston, TX.
It all started with one man and his desire to slow the world down. Though his unfortunate demise on November 16, 2000, has been surrounded by several myths, DJ Screw's iconic stripe has never been in question.
The Technique:
Legend has it that a DJ named Darryl Scott initiated the art of slowing records back in the early 80s, but it was Screw (born Robert Earl Davis jr.) who propelled that art form to unfathomable heights. Using the pitch control feature on the turntable, Screw was able to cut the normal speed of his records in half, giving them a woozy feel. Screw's hallucinogenic hip-hop style grew in popularity via the famous screwed up tapes.
His Legacy:
Screw never released his music on a major imprint, but labels now offer C&S versions of prominent CDs. Artists like Lil Wayne, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Dem Franchize Boyz, and even rockers the Transplants have all had their albums chopped and screwed by the triumvirate of Screw's discipleship: O.G. Ron C, Michael "5000" Watts, and Paul Wall. What's more, some have successfully chopped & screwed R&B CDs and even music videos, regularly featured on Chop TV.
Like a true legend, DJ Screw pioneered, perfected, and popularized a unique movement. A moment of silence for the late great Mayor of Screwston, TX.
On November 16, 2000, Davis was found deceased inside of his Houston recording studio in the 8100 block of Commerce Park Drive. Fans speculated about the true cause of his death. When the coroner reports were released, they confirmed that he died of a codeine overdose in addition to mixed drug intoxication. The codeine came from a prescription-strength cough syrup that he would mix with soda to concoct a beverage called purple drank. In addition to codeine, Valium and PCP were found in his blood. His funeral took place at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in his hometown of Smithville, Texas.
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Can never break this diamond.

Can never break this diamond.

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GRAFFITI HISTORY:  THE GRAFFITI FORCE

The Graffiti Force Mob was founded in 1980 in Mount Vernon, New York by LEROY 444. Their main targets in the New York City transit system were the IRT 1, 2 and 5 lines as well as the CC line of the IND division. Original crew membership included: OZZIE, MR. ED, SCORP, AK ROCK, CARIBU, ESCAPE aka KEV ONE, CREAM 3, WAR 222, DEROC, and JOP 1. 
The crew's most famous subway painting was and end to end parody of the film Ghost Busters entitled Toy Busters. The painting was done by LEROY, OZZIE and SCORP.

The crew disbanded in 1989 as the transit graffiti era came to its unofficial close. OZZIE, LEROY 444 and REM 311 are still actively painting street walls, and some freight trains.

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GRAFFITI HISTORY: THE GRAFFITI FORCE

The Graffiti Force Mob was founded in 1980 in Mount Vernon, New York by LEROY 444. Their main targets in the New York City transit system were the IRT 1, 2 and 5 lines as well as the CC line of the IND division. Original crew membership included: OZZIE, MR. ED, SCORP, AK ROCK, CARIBU, ESCAPE aka KEV ONE, CREAM 3, WAR 222, DEROC, and JOP 1.
The crew's most famous subway painting was and end to end parody of the film Ghost Busters entitled Toy Busters. The painting was done by LEROY, OZZIE and SCORP.

The crew disbanded in 1989 as the transit graffiti era came to its unofficial close. OZZIE, LEROY 444 and REM 311 are still actively painting street walls, and some freight trains.

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The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

86. dead prez "Hip Hop" [1999]

Producer: dead pres
Album: Let's Get Free
Label: Loud, Columbia

There are plenty beats where you could describe a “sinister synth” but none quite matches the nerve grinding effect of dead prez’s anthem. Although this is the kind of beat we’d be happy to hear just about anyone rap on, it’s really the perfect beat for stic.man and M1, mostly because their music is all about revolution—a revolution that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but sounds like it could happen at any moment when you’re blasting this song. Produced by the duo themselves, this beat sounds like the ruckus before the riot, a rebellious uprising ready to erupt at any moment. Ironically, the beats legacy actually doesn’t lie with civil unrest but instead in sketch comedy. On every episode of Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle was introduced while this song’s instrumental played.

The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

86. dead prez "Hip Hop" [1999]

Producer: dead pres
Album: Let's Get Free
Label: Loud, Columbia

There are plenty beats where you could describe a “sinister synth” but none quite matches the nerve grinding effect of dead prez’s anthem. Although this is the kind of beat we’d be happy to hear just about anyone rap on, it’s really the perfect beat for stic.man and M1, mostly because their music is all about revolution—a revolution that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but sounds like it could happen at any moment when you’re blasting this song. Produced by the duo themselves, this beat sounds like the ruckus before the riot, a rebellious uprising ready to erupt at any moment. Ironically, the beats legacy actually doesn’t lie with civil unrest but instead in sketch comedy. On every episode of Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle was introduced while this song’s instrumental played.

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Hip Hop Salute!

POPMASTER FABEL: B-Boy with the Magnificent Force who later joined the Rocksteady Crew in the early 80s. A renowned choreographer, teacher and Hip Hop historian.  He also appeared in the classic flick, BEAT STREET.

Hip Hop Salute!

POPMASTER FABEL: B-Boy with the Magnificent Force who later joined the Rocksteady Crew in the early 80s. A renowned choreographer, teacher and Hip Hop historian. He also appeared in the classic flick, BEAT STREET.

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 19th – Sadat X of Brand Nubian released his sophomore solo album, “The State Of New York vs. Derek Murphy”, on Relativity Records on this day in 2000.

The 6 song EP was produced by longtime Brand Nubian DJ Diamond D as well as by A Kid Called Roots, Dart La and Minnesota. “The State Of New York vs. Derek Murphy” contained the single “Ka-Ching”. source: RapStation.

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 19th – Sadat X of Brand Nubian released his sophomore solo album, “The State Of New York vs. Derek Murphy”, on Relativity Records on this day in 2000.

The 6 song EP was produced by longtime Brand Nubian DJ Diamond D as well as by A Kid Called Roots, Dart La and Minnesota. “The State Of New York vs. Derek Murphy” contained the single “Ka-Ching”. source: RapStation.

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A LisaJamz Recommendation:

A Complete Introduction to
SUGAR HILL RECORDS

Comes with 4 cds and a breakdown of artists with info per disk in a hard cover booklet. **A must have for Classic Hip Hoppers.

A LisaJamz Recommendation:

A Complete Introduction to
SUGAR HILL RECORDS

Comes with 4 cds and a breakdown of artists with info per disk in a hard cover booklet. **A must have for Classic Hip Hoppers.

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The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

87. Brand Nubian "Slow Down" [1990]

Producer: Grand Puba, Brand Nubian
Album: One For All 
Label: Elektra  In much the same way that Greg Nice used Tracey Chapman's "Fast Car" the following year, Brand Nubian took the unusual step of sampling the guitar and vocals from "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (an "alternative rock jam band") for their cautionary tale of fast living. Offset by Funkadelic drums and some Kool and The Gang horns, Grand Puba and company carried on the eccentric Zulu Nation break tradition perfectly.

The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

87. Brand Nubian "Slow Down" [1990]

Producer: Grand Puba, Brand Nubian
Album: One For All
Label: Elektra In much the same way that Greg Nice used Tracey Chapman's "Fast Car" the following year, Brand Nubian took the unusual step of sampling the guitar and vocals from "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (an "alternative rock jam band") for their cautionary tale of fast living. Offset by Funkadelic drums and some Kool and The Gang horns, Grand Puba and company carried on the eccentric Zulu Nation break tradition perfectly.

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Hip Hop History:  The West Coast Crew

Members included:
Lemon Lime
D-Rock
Mr. J
J Bone

The West Coast Crew originated in 1983 in Los Angeles California. While writing, arranging, performing, and co-producing their own material, WCC expresses themselves in a unique style of rap music. They signed with "Jam Power" Records and released a Promotion EP which featured the Tracks "We Really Like to Rock" and "Jealous People". In 1984 they signed to the "KMA" Label and released the 12" Single "We Are The Crew" "Jealous People". Several West Coast classics followed, like "D.O.A." or "Jail Bait" all recorded on the "KMA" Label. 
The Crew has been exposed to various cross-over audiences on the West Coast. They have performed with artists such as: Roger Clayton, Kopper, Pennye Ford, Chrystal, and Naughty Naughty. Together they released several West Coast Classics like "We are the crew", "Jealous People" or "Jail Bait" on the "KMA" Label.

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Hip Hop History: The West Coast Crew

Members included:
Lemon Lime
D-Rock
Mr. J
J Bone

The West Coast Crew originated in 1983 in Los Angeles California. While writing, arranging, performing, and co-producing their own material, WCC expresses themselves in a unique style of rap music. They signed with "Jam Power" Records and released a Promotion EP which featured the Tracks "We Really Like to Rock" and "Jealous People". In 1984 they signed to the "KMA" Label and released the 12" Single "We Are The Crew" "Jealous People". Several West Coast classics followed, like "D.O.A." or "Jail Bait" all recorded on the "KMA" Label.
The Crew has been exposed to various cross-over audiences on the West Coast. They have performed with artists such as: Roger Clayton, Kopper, Pennye Ford, Chrystal, and Naughty Naughty. Together they released several West Coast Classics like "We are the crew", "Jealous People" or "Jail Bait" on the "KMA" Label.

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This Week's Forecast:
A Very of High percent of Classic Hip Hop. 
Good Chance of Breakbeats. 
Always with Graffiti and definite B-Boying. 
Covering all the elements and wrappin it up with Knowledge.
No doubt, we will be Jammin.

Have a Wonderful Day!! Lisa Jamz nothin but the classics.

This Week's Forecast:
A Very of High percent of Classic Hip Hop.
Good Chance of Breakbeats.
Always with Graffiti and definite B-Boying.
Covering all the elements and wrappin it up with Knowledge.
No doubt, we will be Jammin.

Have a Wonderful Day!! Lisa Jamz nothin but the classics.

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Hip Hop History.  The B-Boy.  Capoeira

Capoeira combines opposites like fighting and dancing, violence and aesthetics, game and death. Capoeira is a fight-dance which uses the beauty and efficiency of animal movements for combat.

It's not quite clear where the name Capoeira comes from. Some people think it comes from a agressive bird called "odontophorus capoeira spix"; others think it's a Tupi-Guarani word (Guarani-Indios = aborigine of Brasil) which means a forest that's completely cut down (this would point at the destroying potential of Capoeira). During the thirties of the 16th century the cultivation of sugar cane was intensified, therefor the Portugies had to import a very large number of slaves. Since 1538 about 18 millions slaves had been brought to Brasil. Most of them died after five years of work. The ships brought Capoeira to South America. The rhythm and the movements were in the heads and bodies of the african slaves; that was the only thing the slave-drivers couldn't take away from them. The slaves weren't allowed to fight but dancing and singing were tolerated. That's why the guards didn't pay too much attention to it. This was the chance for the slaves to prepare their resistance. Capoeira, a fast and effective way of fighting was performed in the "rodas" (circles) which were formed by the slaves. As soon as a guard came too close to the circle the fight turned into a dance and it was tolerated.

Even nowadays Capoeira is performed mainly in the "favelas" - the Brazilian slums - where life is hard and where Capoeira is a useful and intelligent way to gain self-confidence in the struggle of life. But not only in Brasil Capoeira is practiced and performed nowadays, it is known all over the world and a lot of moves and thoughts were even entered in other dances like B-Boying.
[research/article]

Hip Hop History. The B-Boy. Capoeira

Capoeira combines opposites like fighting and dancing, violence and aesthetics, game and death. Capoeira is a fight-dance which uses the beauty and efficiency of animal movements for combat.

It's not quite clear where the name Capoeira comes from. Some people think it comes from a agressive bird called "odontophorus capoeira spix"; others think it's a Tupi-Guarani word (Guarani-Indios = aborigine of Brasil) which means a forest that's completely cut down (this would point at the destroying potential of Capoeira). During the thirties of the 16th century the cultivation of sugar cane was intensified, therefor the Portugies had to import a very large number of slaves. Since 1538 about 18 millions slaves had been brought to Brasil. Most of them died after five years of work. The ships brought Capoeira to South America. The rhythm and the movements were in the heads and bodies of the african slaves; that was the only thing the slave-drivers couldn't take away from them. The slaves weren't allowed to fight but dancing and singing were tolerated. That's why the guards didn't pay too much attention to it. This was the chance for the slaves to prepare their resistance. Capoeira, a fast and effective way of fighting was performed in the "rodas" (circles) which were formed by the slaves. As soon as a guard came too close to the circle the fight turned into a dance and it was tolerated.

Even nowadays Capoeira is performed mainly in the "favelas" - the Brazilian slums - where life is hard and where Capoeira is a useful and intelligent way to gain self-confidence in the struggle of life. But not only in Brasil Capoeira is practiced and performed nowadays, it is known all over the world and a lot of moves and thoughts were even entered in other dances like B-Boying.
[research/article]

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Today in Hip Hop History:

Douglas E. Davis (born September 17, 1966), better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is a Barbadian born American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. The pioneer of 20th-century American beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue and a microphone.

The first human beatbox in the rap world, and still the best of all time, Doug E. Fresh amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics. Fresh was born Doug E. Davis in Barbados, and his first appearance came in 1983 on a single for Spotlight called “Pass the Budda,” with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey. His introduction to most hip-hop fans, though, came one year later with his astonishing performance in Beat Street behind the Treacherous Three. His first solo features also came in 1984, with “Just Having Fun,” waxed for Enjoy, and “Original Human Beatbox” for Vinentertainment.
By 1985, Fresh was one of the biggest names in rap music, and his first single for Reality, “The Show/La Di Da Di,” became a hip-hop classic.

It was recorded with his Get Fresh Crew, including MC Ricky D (only later to gain fame as Slick Rick), along with Barry Bee and Chill Will. His first LP, 1987’s Oh, My God!, featured most of his showpieces, like “Play This Only at Night” and “All the Way to Heaven,” along with nods to reggae and even gospel. His second album, 1988’s The World’s Greatest Entertainer, broke into the Billboard charts thanks to another hot single, “Keep Risin’ to the Top,” but Slick Rick had already broken from the pack and his LP of the same year, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, did much better than Doug E. Fresh. Fresh took a break and wasn’t able to regain momentum with 1992’s Doin’ What I Gotta Do, released through MC Hammer’s Bust It label. He did reunite on a Slick Rick LP, and recorded again in 1995 for Gee Street.

Today in Hip Hop History:

Douglas E. Davis (born September 17, 1966), better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is a Barbadian born American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as the Human Beat Box. The pioneer of 20th-century American beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue and a microphone.

The first human beatbox in the rap world, and still the best of all time, Doug E. Fresh amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics. Fresh was born Doug E. Davis in Barbados, and his first appearance came in 1983 on a single for Spotlight called “Pass the Budda,” with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey. His introduction to most hip-hop fans, though, came one year later with his astonishing performance in Beat Street behind the Treacherous Three. His first solo features also came in 1984, with “Just Having Fun,” waxed for Enjoy, and “Original Human Beatbox” for Vinentertainment.
By 1985, Fresh was one of the biggest names in rap music, and his first single for Reality, “The Show/La Di Da Di,” became a hip-hop classic.

It was recorded with his Get Fresh Crew, including MC Ricky D (only later to gain fame as Slick Rick), along with Barry Bee and Chill Will. His first LP, 1987’s Oh, My God!, featured most of his showpieces, like “Play This Only at Night” and “All the Way to Heaven,” along with nods to reggae and even gospel. His second album, 1988’s The World’s Greatest Entertainer, broke into the Billboard charts thanks to another hot single, “Keep Risin’ to the Top,” but Slick Rick had already broken from the pack and his LP of the same year, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, did much better than Doug E. Fresh. Fresh took a break and wasn’t able to regain momentum with 1992’s Doin’ What I Gotta Do, released through MC Hammer’s Bust It label. He did reunite on a Slick Rick LP, and recorded again in 1995 for Gee Street.

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My sister Tina, me and my sister Sabrina...Celebrating my birthday last night.

My sister Tina, me and my sister Sabrina...Celebrating my birthday last night.

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Today in Hip Hop History:

Clarence "Terry" Ronnie Keaton was born September 16, 1961, known by the stage name T La Rock, is an American old-school emcee best known for his collaboration with Def Jam Recordings co-founder Rick Rubin and the 1984 single "It's Yours." He disappeared from the hip hop scene after a traumatic brain injury in 1994, but as of 2008, he was back on stage.

T La Rock was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City.  A former break dancer, he is the older brother of fellow old-school MC Special K of the Treacherous Three.  T La Rock stands 6'3" tall.  T La Rock has been a part of hip hop since its birth, having been a DJ and emcee since the early 1970s.

In 1984, Rick Rubin released "It's Yours" 12-inch single (Cat. PT-104), which was the very first release on Def Jam Recordings. Although some might argue that LL Cool J's "I Need a Beat" 12-inch single was the first, this is not exactly true. The "It's Yours" recording was something that Rick Rubin put out a few months before joining forces with Russell Simmons. The song was the first single to feature a Def Jam logo, but it was released through producer Arthur Baker's independent label Partytime, which was the hip hop division of his dance music label Streetwise Records. The recording was never part of Def Jam’s collection of master recordings.

In a 1996 interview with The New York Times, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons commented about the effect T La Rock and "It's Yours" had on the early hip hop scene: “ ["It's Yours"] was big; big in the underground. T [La Rock] started the trend and a new direction in hip-hop. He used 40-letter words. He created a special poetry. LL Cool J was the second release on the label. He borrowed ideas and attitude from T. LL would agree. ” 
The influence of T La Rock's "It's Yours" is monumental. The song was sampled by countless artists, including hip-hop group Public Enemy in "Louder than a Bomb" from its 1988 release It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back; Nas in "The World is Yours" from his seminal 1994 album Illmatic; by many sample-based house-music tracks by Todd Terry. #hiphophistory

Today in Hip Hop History:

Clarence "Terry" Ronnie Keaton was born September 16, 1961, known by the stage name T La Rock, is an American old-school emcee best known for his collaboration with Def Jam Recordings co-founder Rick Rubin and the 1984 single "It's Yours." He disappeared from the hip hop scene after a traumatic brain injury in 1994, but as of 2008, he was back on stage.

T La Rock was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City. A former break dancer, he is the older brother of fellow old-school MC Special K of the Treacherous Three. T La Rock stands 6'3" tall. T La Rock has been a part of hip hop since its birth, having been a DJ and emcee since the early 1970s.

In 1984, Rick Rubin released "It's Yours" 12-inch single (Cat. PT-104), which was the very first release on Def Jam Recordings. Although some might argue that LL Cool J's "I Need a Beat" 12-inch single was the first, this is not exactly true. The "It's Yours" recording was something that Rick Rubin put out a few months before joining forces with Russell Simmons. The song was the first single to feature a Def Jam logo, but it was released through producer Arthur Baker's independent label Partytime, which was the hip hop division of his dance music label Streetwise Records. The recording was never part of Def Jam’s collection of master recordings.

In a 1996 interview with The New York Times, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons commented about the effect T La Rock and "It's Yours" had on the early hip hop scene: “ ["It's Yours"] was big; big in the underground. T [La Rock] started the trend and a new direction in hip-hop. He used 40-letter words. He created a special poetry. LL Cool J was the second release on the label. He borrowed ideas and attitude from T. LL would agree. ”
The influence of T La Rock's "It's Yours" is monumental. The song was sampled by countless artists, including hip-hop group Public Enemy in "Louder than a Bomb" from its 1988 release It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back; Nas in "The World is Yours" from his seminal 1994 album Illmatic; by many sample-based house-music tracks by Todd Terry. #hiphophistory

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"Back in the day, if someone said that hip hop and rap was a fad, that was a joke to me because they just didn't know what they were talking about. In reality, there were so many people who didn't know what they were talking about it." --- Jam Master Jay

"Back in the day, if someone said that hip hop and rap was a fad, that was a joke to me because they just didn't know what they were talking about. In reality, there were so many people who didn't know what they were talking about it." --- Jam Master Jay

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Thank you for supporting me!
Hip Hop and ya Don't Stop!

Thank you for supporting me!
Hip Hop and ya Don't Stop!

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 15th – Public Enemy release their gold-selling fifth album, “Greatest Misses”, on Def Jam Records, on this day in 1992.

Def Jam Records had wanted to do a greatest hits compilation, which P.E. front-man Chuck D thought that after only five years in the recording industry was premature.

So instead “Greatest Misses” became a collection of new songs, unreleased material and remixes of previous hits and album tracks courtesy of Chuck Chill-Out, Sir Jinx, Damon “Dollars” Kelly, Jeff Trotter, Greg Beasley, Shy Skillz and the late great Jam-Master Jay. “Greatest Misses” also featured a live U.K. television performance of Pete Rock’s remix to “Shut ‘Em Down”, as well as new tracks like the hit single “Hazy Shade Of Criminal”. “Greatest Misses” also contained new album cuts such as “Gett Off My Back”, also featured in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film “Mo’ Money”, “Air Hoodlum” and “Gotta Do What I Gotta Do”. source: RapStation.

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 15th – Public Enemy release their gold-selling fifth album, “Greatest Misses”, on Def Jam Records, on this day in 1992.

Def Jam Records had wanted to do a greatest hits compilation, which P.E. front-man Chuck D thought that after only five years in the recording industry was premature.

So instead “Greatest Misses” became a collection of new songs, unreleased material and remixes of previous hits and album tracks courtesy of Chuck Chill-Out, Sir Jinx, Damon “Dollars” Kelly, Jeff Trotter, Greg Beasley, Shy Skillz and the late great Jam-Master Jay. “Greatest Misses” also featured a live U.K. television performance of Pete Rock’s remix to “Shut ‘Em Down”, as well as new tracks like the hit single “Hazy Shade Of Criminal”. “Greatest Misses” also contained new album cuts such as “Gett Off My Back”, also featured in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film “Mo’ Money”, “Air Hoodlum” and “Gotta Do What I Gotta Do”. source: RapStation.

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Hip Hop History:  Respect to Pete DJ Jones, an early influential DJ.

In the early 1970’s when disco was monopolizing the mainstream radio waves, the movement of rap was just being born.  A man by the name of Pete DJ Jones was about the most notable DJ during those early days of disco. Pete epitomized the true meaning of a DJ. He had the precision timing necessary to enable the partygoer to do the hustle or dance nonstop while keeping the break of a record continuously playing. He had a clean mixing style and an excellent sound system. Pete DJ Jones was New York’s #1 DJ. He had an MC named KC the Prince of Soul who was the first real MC of the Disco era. Now don’t get me wrong, during the early days, an MC was the master of ceremony and the host of the party, show, or gathering. He orientated the crowd to where they were, the DJ’s name, and also motivated the audience to have a good time. Pete had other MCs like JJ the Disco King, JT Hollywood and the great Lovebug Starski. He played at all of the big midtown clubs like; The Iron Horse, 371 Club, Nell Gywnns, Pippins, Nemos, Justines, Ipanemas, Tribeccas and Superstar Cafeteria.
He is also known as taking Grandmaster Flash under his wing, he also introduced Afrika Bambaataa by allowing him to play on his system. The latter adapted his ‘switch’ mechanism for changing channels on the decks to great effect, to all intents and purposes inventing ‘scratch’ DJing in the process. 
In January 2014, we lost Pete DJ Jones.  RIP

Hip Hop History: Respect to Pete DJ Jones, an early influential DJ.

In the early 1970’s when disco was monopolizing the mainstream radio waves, the movement of rap was just being born. A man by the name of Pete DJ Jones was about the most notable DJ during those early days of disco. Pete epitomized the true meaning of a DJ. He had the precision timing necessary to enable the partygoer to do the hustle or dance nonstop while keeping the break of a record continuously playing. He had a clean mixing style and an excellent sound system. Pete DJ Jones was New York’s #1 DJ. He had an MC named KC the Prince of Soul who was the first real MC of the Disco era. Now don’t get me wrong, during the early days, an MC was the master of ceremony and the host of the party, show, or gathering. He orientated the crowd to where they were, the DJ’s name, and also motivated the audience to have a good time. Pete had other MCs like JJ the Disco King, JT Hollywood and the great Lovebug Starski. He played at all of the big midtown clubs like; The Iron Horse, 371 Club, Nell Gywnns, Pippins, Nemos, Justines, Ipanemas, Tribeccas and Superstar Cafeteria.
He is also known as taking Grandmaster Flash under his wing, he also introduced Afrika Bambaataa by allowing him to play on his system. The latter adapted his ‘switch’ mechanism for changing channels on the decks to great effect, to all intents and purposes inventing ‘scratch’ DJing in the process.
In January 2014, we lost Pete DJ Jones. RIP

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Today in Hip Hop History:

Born in Queens, New York, on September 14, 1973, rapper Nas was the son of a jazz musician. His song "Halftime" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Zebrahead, bringing him to the attention of Columbia Records. His albums include Illmatic (1994), It Was Written (1996), Stillmatic (2001) and Hip Hop Is Dead (2006). Nas famously feuded with fellow East Coast rapper Jay-Z, but the two resolved the conflict in 2005. --Early Years--
Born Nasir Jones, in Queens, New York, on September 14, 1973, Nas is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. He was raised in the Queensbridge Houses, a huge housing project, where he wrote stories about what it was like growing up in the projects. Despite his interest in writing, Nas dropped out of school while in eighth grade, and his life on the mean streets of New York City would fuel a new breed of writing: rap lyrics.

In 1991, Nas hit the East Coast rap scene with “Live at the Barbecue,” a song that brought together his writing background with his street knowledge. In wake of “Barbecue,” Nas was asked to pen a song for the soundtrack for the upcoming film Zebrahead, and the song “Halftime” became the first track on the album (1992). That was the big break Nas needed, and he was soon signed to Columbia Records.

Today in Hip Hop History:

Born in Queens, New York, on September 14, 1973, rapper Nas was the son of a jazz musician. His song "Halftime" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Zebrahead, bringing him to the attention of Columbia Records. His albums include Illmatic (1994), It Was Written (1996), Stillmatic (2001) and Hip Hop Is Dead (2006). Nas famously feuded with fellow East Coast rapper Jay-Z, but the two resolved the conflict in 2005. --Early Years--
Born Nasir Jones, in Queens, New York, on September 14, 1973, Nas is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. He was raised in the Queensbridge Houses, a huge housing project, where he wrote stories about what it was like growing up in the projects. Despite his interest in writing, Nas dropped out of school while in eighth grade, and his life on the mean streets of New York City would fuel a new breed of writing: rap lyrics.

In 1991, Nas hit the East Coast rap scene with “Live at the Barbecue,” a song that brought together his writing background with his street knowledge. In wake of “Barbecue,” Nas was asked to pen a song for the soundtrack for the upcoming film Zebrahead, and the song “Halftime” became the first track on the album (1992). That was the big break Nas needed, and he was soon signed to Columbia Records.

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Today in Hip Hop History:  RIP Tupac

Born in New York City in 1971, Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name 2Pac, was an American rapper. Shakur has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Most of Tupac's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 13, 1996.

Shakur has become a legend in hip-hop and rap circles for his talent, his violent behavior, and his brutal death. The son of Black Panther activists, Shakur was raised by his mother Afeni Shakur. She was actually in jail on bombing charges during her pregnancy with Tupac. She was later acquitted in the case. He had no contact with his biological father, Billy Garland, until he was an adult.

According to The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Shakur was originally named Lesane Parish Crooks, but his moniker was soon changed to Tupac Amaru Shakur. "Tupac Amaru" means "shining serpent." He had a difficult childhood, moving frequently around in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Shakur received an education in radical politics from his mother, but he also saw some of life's hardships through her struggles with substance abuse. In his youth, he explored acting by becoming a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theater company.

As a teenager, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dance classes, including ballet. While living in Baltimore, he discovered rap and began performing as MC New York. In the late 1980s, Shakur and his family moved to the West Coast. He joined the Oakland, California-based hip-hop group Digital Underground, which earlier had scored a hit with the song "The Humpty Dance." Shakur appeared on two of the group's recordings—1990's This Is an EP and Sons of the P before going solo.

source: biography.com

Today in Hip Hop History: RIP Tupac

Born in New York City in 1971, Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name 2Pac, was an American rapper. Shakur has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Most of Tupac's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 13, 1996.

Shakur has become a legend in hip-hop and rap circles for his talent, his violent behavior, and his brutal death. The son of Black Panther activists, Shakur was raised by his mother Afeni Shakur. She was actually in jail on bombing charges during her pregnancy with Tupac. She was later acquitted in the case. He had no contact with his biological father, Billy Garland, until he was an adult.

According to The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Shakur was originally named Lesane Parish Crooks, but his moniker was soon changed to Tupac Amaru Shakur. "Tupac Amaru" means "shining serpent." He had a difficult childhood, moving frequently around in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Shakur received an education in radical politics from his mother, but he also saw some of life's hardships through her struggles with substance abuse. In his youth, he explored acting by becoming a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theater company.

As a teenager, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he took acting and dance classes, including ballet. While living in Baltimore, he discovered rap and began performing as MC New York. In the late 1980s, Shakur and his family moved to the West Coast. He joined the Oakland, California-based hip-hop group Digital Underground, which earlier had scored a hit with the song "The Humpty Dance." Shakur appeared on two of the group's recordings—1990's This Is an EP and Sons of the P before going solo.

source: biography.com

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"The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-Hop, and 26 world championships."
Kurtis Blow

"The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-Hop, and 26 world championships."
Kurtis Blow

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Hip Hop History:  Golden Age

N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton [1988]

Straight Outta Compton remains, nearly 30 years later, the quintessential gangsta rap album, not to mention one of the loudest, most fervently apolitical chronicles of street culture - all made in an era when rap's voice wasn't yet magnified by the pop culture megaphone. But despite not addressing politics specifically, it still somehow managed to take on the racial and social issues of its day, addressing them, appropriately, like a bull in a china shop. Los Angeles, and hip-hop, were never the same. [laweekly]

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Hip Hop History: Golden Age

N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton [1988]

Straight Outta Compton remains, nearly 30 years later, the quintessential gangsta rap album, not to mention one of the loudest, most fervently apolitical chronicles of street culture - all made in an era when rap's voice wasn't yet magnified by the pop culture megaphone. But despite not addressing politics specifically, it still somehow managed to take on the racial and social issues of its day, addressing them, appropriately, like a bull in a china shop. Los Angeles, and hip-hop, were never the same. [laweekly]

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Woman is made from a man's rib, not from his head to top him, nor his foot to be stepped on by him, but from his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.

Woman is made from a man's rib, not from his head to top him, nor his foot to be stepped on by him, but from his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.

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The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

89. East Flatbush Project f/ DeS "Tried By 12" (1996)

Producer: Spencer Bellamy
Album: N/A
Label: 10/30 Uproar  Who would have thought that a humble indie rap record would be the subject of an entire electronic remix album two years later? This song that imprints itself into your subconsciousness the moment you first hear the haunting acoustic strums of the main loop, which originated from a Japanese live album recorded by American folk singer Odetta Holmes, who's regarded as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" and was a major influence on Bob Dylan. Let's not forget the verses from Des, who unloads that East New York talk in a suitable "no shorts taken" technique. Recently, the instrumental found new life after it provided the backdrop to all of the freestyles at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers, thanks in part to the urging of Eminem.

The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Beats of All Time [complex]

89. East Flatbush Project f/ DeS "Tried By 12" (1996)

Producer: Spencer Bellamy
Album: N/A
Label: 10/30 Uproar Who would have thought that a humble indie rap record would be the subject of an entire electronic remix album two years later? This song that imprints itself into your subconsciousness the moment you first hear the haunting acoustic strums of the main loop, which originated from a Japanese live album recorded by American folk singer Odetta Holmes, who's regarded as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" and was a major influence on Bob Dylan. Let's not forget the verses from Des, who unloads that East New York talk in a suitable "no shorts taken" technique. Recently, the instrumental found new life after it provided the backdrop to all of the freestyles at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers, thanks in part to the urging of Eminem.

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Hip Hop History: West Coast

The Watts Prophets are a group of musicians and poets from Watts, Los Angeles, California. Like their contemporaries The Last Poets, the group combined elements of jazz music and spoken-word performance, making the trio one that is often seen as a forerunner of contemporary hip-hop music. Formed in 1967, the group comprises Richard Dedeaux, Father Amde Hamilton (born Anthony Hamilton), and Otis O'Solomon (also billed as Otis O'Solomon Smith) [wiki]

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Hip Hop History: West Coast

The Watts Prophets are a group of musicians and poets from Watts, Los Angeles, California. Like their contemporaries The Last Poets, the group combined elements of jazz music and spoken-word performance, making the trio one that is often seen as a forerunner of contemporary hip-hop music. Formed in 1967, the group comprises Richard Dedeaux, Father Amde Hamilton (born Anthony Hamilton), and Otis O'Solomon (also billed as Otis O'Solomon Smith) [wiki]

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Today in Hip Hop History, we lost one of the original members of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins

Hailing From: Bronx New York
Date Of Birth: September 20 1960
Date Of Death: September 8 1989
Cause Of Death: Cocaine overdose, after two years addicted to crack.

Cowboy was the first rapper Grand Master Flash chose to be a member of the Furious 5 back in 78'. His cause of death is a sad way to end the life of one of hip hop's legends, especially one involved in the track "White Lines (Don't Do It)" Albums:
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - The Message (1982)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Greatest Messages (1983)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - They Said It Couldn't Be Done (1985)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Stepping Off (1985)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - The Source (1986)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Ba-dop-boom-bang (1987)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - On The Strength (1988)

RIP Cowboy!!

Today in Hip Hop History, we lost one of the original members of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins

Hailing From: Bronx New York
Date Of Birth: September 20 1960
Date Of Death: September 8 1989
Cause Of Death: Cocaine overdose, after two years addicted to crack.

Cowboy was the first rapper Grand Master Flash chose to be a member of the Furious 5 back in 78'. His cause of death is a sad way to end the life of one of hip hop's legends, especially one involved in the track "White Lines (Don't Do It)" Albums:
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - The Message (1982)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Greatest Messages (1983)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - They Said It Couldn't Be Done (1985)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Stepping Off (1985)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - The Source (1986)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - Ba-dop-boom-bang (1987)
Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - On The Strength (1988)

RIP Cowboy!!

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Sample this!! CHIC
‘Good Times’ (1979)

Bernard Edwards’ bassline and Nile Rodgers’ guitar work — does it get better than this? The best song by the best band of the disco era, the legacy of Chic’s ‘Good Times’ is boundless. Queen’s John Deacon borrowed liberally from ‘Good Times’ when writing ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, and Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ was also partially inspired by the song. Most notably, the song was a favorite of early breakers, which would eventually see Fab Five Freddy and the Sugarhill Gang freestyling over the tune live before Sugarhill lifted almost the entire song for ‘Rapper’s Delight’. Heard in:
Sugarhill Gang, ‘Rapper’s Delight‘ (1979)
Grandmaster Flash, ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel‘ (1981)
LL Cool J - Rock the Bells (1985)
De La Soul ft QTip & Vinia Mojica - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"

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Sample this!! CHIC
‘Good Times’ (1979)

Bernard Edwards’ bassline and Nile Rodgers’ guitar work — does it get better than this? The best song by the best band of the disco era, the legacy of Chic’s ‘Good Times’ is boundless. Queen’s John Deacon borrowed liberally from ‘Good Times’ when writing ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, and Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ was also partially inspired by the song. Most notably, the song was a favorite of early breakers, which would eventually see Fab Five Freddy and the Sugarhill Gang freestyling over the tune live before Sugarhill lifted almost the entire song for ‘Rapper’s Delight’. Heard in:
Sugarhill Gang, ‘Rapper’s Delight‘ (1979)
Grandmaster Flash, ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel‘ (1981)
LL Cool J - Rock the Bells (1985)
De La Soul ft QTip & Vinia Mojica - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"

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Today in Hip Hop History:

September 7th – Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright in Compton, California on this day in 1963.
Eazy-E founded Ruthless Records with longtime rock and roll manager and business partner Jerry Heller in 1987.

Ruthless was primarily a label to promote Eazy’s new group NWA, which at the time featured Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre and MC Ren.

Ruthless Records however would eventually also release hit records by other artists like J.J. Fad, The D.O.C. and Michel’le.
But it would be with NWA that Eazy-E would make music history.

The group’s debut album, “Straight Outta Compton”, released in 1988, would put the group on the musical map as they would now share the torch of West Coast hip-hop with Ice-T and Too $hort.

The legendary album would feature the hit title track, which would introduce the group’s neighborhood of Compton to the world, as well as depict life and the struggle of Black and Latino People in inner city Los Angeles.

The album also contained the legendary controversial track “F Tha Police”, which caught the attention of both the FBI and The U.S. Secret Service, who both sent letters of disapproval to Ruthless.

The group became legendary and still holds an influence on contemporary hip-hop until this very day.

Eazy-E would release two more successful albums with NWA, minus Ice Cube, who left the group to pursue a solo career in 1990.

Eazy-E also released five solo albums between 1988 and 1995, most notably 1988’s “Eazy-Duz-It” and 1993’s “It’s On”. NWA disbanded in 1992, with Dr. Dre joining Death Row Records as an artist and producer, MC Ren pursuing a solo career as well as joining The Nation Of Islam and DJ Yella becoming a director and producer in the adult film industry.

Eazy would continue to run Ruthless Records, which by now had quite a lucrative catalogue.

Eazy would also be responsible for discovering Ruthless platinum-selling Cleveland, Ohio group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Eazy- E died from complications of the AIDS virus on March 26th 1995, at age 31.

His death would be a catalyst for awareness of HIV and AIDS in the hip-hop world.

source: RapStation.

Today in Hip Hop History:

September 7th – Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright in Compton, California on this day in 1963.
Eazy-E founded Ruthless Records with longtime rock and roll manager and business partner Jerry Heller in 1987.

Ruthless was primarily a label to promote Eazy’s new group NWA, which at the time featured Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre and MC Ren.

Ruthless Records however would eventually also release hit records by other artists like J.J. Fad, The D.O.C. and Michel’le.
But it would be with NWA that Eazy-E would make music history.

The group’s debut album, “Straight Outta Compton”, released in 1988, would put the group on the musical map as they would now share the torch of West Coast hip-hop with Ice-T and Too $hort.

The legendary album would feature the hit title track, which would introduce the group’s neighborhood of Compton to the world, as well as depict life and the struggle of Black and Latino People in inner city Los Angeles.

The album also contained the legendary controversial track “F Tha Police”, which caught the attention of both the FBI and The U.S. Secret Service, who both sent letters of disapproval to Ruthless.

The group became legendary and still holds an influence on contemporary hip-hop until this very day.

Eazy-E would release two more successful albums with NWA, minus Ice Cube, who left the group to pursue a solo career in 1990.

Eazy-E also released five solo albums between 1988 and 1995, most notably 1988’s “Eazy-Duz-It” and 1993’s “It’s On”. NWA disbanded in 1992, with Dr. Dre joining Death Row Records as an artist and producer, MC Ren pursuing a solo career as well as joining The Nation Of Islam and DJ Yella becoming a director and producer in the adult film industry.

Eazy would continue to run Ruthless Records, which by now had quite a lucrative catalogue.

Eazy would also be responsible for discovering Ruthless platinum-selling Cleveland, Ohio group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Eazy- E died from complications of the AIDS virus on March 26th 1995, at age 31.

His death would be a catalyst for awareness of HIV and AIDS in the hip-hop world.

source: RapStation.

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GRAFFITI CREW:  FAST BREAKING ART

FBA started out of the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in 1978. The crew was comprised of mostly childhood friends from around 140th St. and Broadway. Close proximity made the One Tunnel an natural target. By the early '80s they were one of the most prominent crews on the 1 and 3 IRT lines. They became well known for whole cars with window down wild styles and characters. AIRBORN ONE, TACK, BABYROCK 137, SEP1, ALIVE 5, KAZE and SPADE 127 were some of the founding members. Additional members were RASK, SILO ROCK, KACE 1, SERVE, REPEL 137, SAK, PSYCHO, PANIC 141, SKIM, SAE,CHASE,LIL MAN, ZEAR, ROYCE, WAVE, QUASAR, JASE, DRY, WANE, SEEN, WEST,DOZE,RISK, SON1, ZAME, FLITE, SEAM1, RIZE and DASH 167.

Many members of the crew are still active painting murals on city streets. [research]
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GRAFFITI CREW: FAST BREAKING ART

FBA started out of the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in 1978. The crew was comprised of mostly childhood friends from around 140th St. and Broadway. Close proximity made the One Tunnel an natural target. By the early '80s they were one of the most prominent crews on the 1 and 3 IRT lines. They became well known for whole cars with window down wild styles and characters. AIRBORN ONE, TACK, BABYROCK 137, SEP1, ALIVE 5, KAZE and SPADE 127 were some of the founding members. Additional members were RASK, SILO ROCK, KACE 1, SERVE, REPEL 137, SAK, PSYCHO, PANIC 141, SKIM, SAE,CHASE,LIL MAN, ZEAR, ROYCE, WAVE, QUASAR, JASE, DRY, WANE, SEEN, WEST,DOZE,RISK, SON1, ZAME, FLITE, SEAM1, RIZE and DASH 167.

Many members of the crew are still active painting murals on city streets. [research]
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