Back in the eighties, a Hip Hoppers gear had to be funky fresh and the velour tracksuit with a pair of shell toes was a must fit for any b-boy and b-girl. After all, the world of Hip Hop was ushering in their own distinct styles with a unique take on all aspects of fashion.
“You’se a d**k blower, tryin’ to speak the Dun Language / What the drilly with that though? It ain’t bangin’/ You hooked on Mobb-phonics, Infamous-bonics / Lyin’ to the Pop Dog like you got it!” Most people have unique ways of communicating in their social circles, crews or to their family. Emcees are no different
DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) was born April 16, 1955 in West Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the Bronx, New York in 1967. His classmates at Alfred E. Smith High School referred to him as Hercules because of his size and avid trips to the weight room. Herc started out as a graffiti artist in
West Indian Hip Hop legend Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) was born October 4, 1957 and grew up in the South Bronx, New York. As huge lover of music, Bam collected R&B and Rock records and also played trumpet and piano while attending Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Taking the name of a nineteenth century Zulu
Coke La Rock was born April 24, 1955 on the east side of the Bronx between Union and Prospect Street. His grandparents had a strong hand in raising him since his single mother was busy working six days a week. At age 15, he attended high school at a night center where he met a fellow classmate
During the eighties, Hip Hop artists were given a platform to provide visual images for their songs with the music video. Some artists used this stage for mini-performances while it became a means to deliver messages for others. The Roots chose the latter with the release of their video, “What They Do” from their highly acclaimed album, Illadelph Halflife. The song