To understand hip hop, this is how the story goes, beginning in the year of ‘1980’.
With the gradual shift from the 1970s disco scene, a new style of music known as hip hop paved way for underground music talent; creating local artists to pop up from all over the Brooklyn, The Bronx, Philly, and Jersey. Some refer to it as “The Golden Era” but rap music was just coming into its own in the early to mid-1980s. Artists such as Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, Afrikan Bambatta, Melle Mel, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Schoolly D, Run-DMC, LL Cool J and others brought a sound that remains urban America‘s loudest voice in modern-day known as hip-hop.
This audiobook The History of Hip Hop, Volume 2, takes you behind the scenes and gives you the little-known details of the 1980s era which would lay the roots for an artistic experience that has built the existence of many rap artists now. Today‘s global hip-hop culture has inner-city American residents to thank for its recent-touted successes. Such historical references cited in this volume are:
- Kurtis Blow AKA the “Godfather of Rap” had the first gold single in history of hip hop music
- ‘Rock Box’ by Afrika Bambatta was the first hip hop-rock guitar song which dropped on the 1982 album - “Planet Rock”
- Kool Moe Dee and LL Cool J; hip hop’s first and toughest battle rappers faced off in the 80s, once and for all
- Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five’s "The Message" which highlighted the plight of living in inner cities
- The Beastie Boys‘ rise to fame opened the door of hip hop to the homes of white America, thus resulting in mass commercial successes
- LL Cool J‘s album - "Bigger and Deffer" is lauded as the first successful rap-ballad.
- "Self-Destruction" (collaboration of East Coast rappers led by KRS-One whose DJ - Scott La-Rock - was murdered) debuted on the Billboard at Number #1 for ten weeks in a row
- and many more historical references …
The History of Hip-Hop, Volume 2 picks off where Volume 1 left off. Get deeper into rap history with this volume which is a must-listen.