The Birth of Hip-Hop

 The Birth of Hip-Hop

Right about now, two dudes are about to come to blows over the identity of hip-hop’s first single : The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” or Fatback Band’s “King Tim III (Personality Jock).” Right about now, someone is making the case — as if it needed to be made ever again — for the Bronx as hip-hop’s birthplace (1520 Sedgwick Ave., if they’re being precise). Right about now, some DJ is dusting off a copy of Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” with the intention of blowing the collective mind of yet another generation. Fact is, no music, no musical culture, is as fiercely worshipped, guarded, or contested as hip-hop. Which is why, if you’re going to claim hip-hop, you’ve got to know hip-hop. Which is where we come in, B. “What we're gonna do right here is go back,” as the man once said, “way back, back into time.” The Birth of Hip-Hop is our 25-cut class chronicling those first few formative years that laid the foundation for the Hip-Hop Nation. From Fat Boys to Funky Four Plus One, from Spoonie Gee to The Treacherous Three, we’re serving up heaps of breakbeats, boasts, beatboxing, and even crucial sample sources. You? You’re happily grabbing your headphones and preparing to click play.

Full track list:
The Sugar Hill Gang - "Rapper's Delight" | CHIC - "Good Times" | Kraftwerk - "Trans Europa Express" | Incredible Bongo Band - "Apache" | Kurtis Blow - "The Breaks" | Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - "Planet Rock" | Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five" - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel" | Blondie - "Rapture" | RUN-DMC - "It's Like That" | Herbie Hancock - "Rockit" | DJ Kool Herc - "B-Boy" | The Fatback Band - "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" | Lovebug Starski - Live At The Fever | UTFO - "Roxanne Roxanne" | Whodini - "Friends" | Fat Boys - "Human Beat Box" | Spoonie Gee - "Monster Jam (feat. The Sequence)" | Funky Four Plus One - "That's The Joint" | Jimmy Spicer - "Adventures Of Super Rhyme" | Davy DMX - "One For The Treble" | Treacherous Three - "Feel The Heartbeat" | The Sequence - "Funk You Up" | Fearless Four - "Problems Of The World Today" | Ice- T - "Cold Wind Madness" | The 45 King - "The 900 Number (feat. Lakim Shabazz)"

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