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  • June 24, 2019By askhiphop

    Since the early part of the twentieth century, African-Americans expressed themselves through hairstyles that seemed to go hand and hand with the music and culture of the times. The Afro (the natural) was symbolic to the Black Power Movement that lasted from the late sixties to the early eighties and served as a mark of

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  • June 23, 2019By askhiphop

    Grandmaster Flash is not only one of the first Hip Hop DJs of all time, but he is also the creator of various turntable techniques that have come to define the art of being a DJ.  Born January 1, 1958 in Bridgetown, Barbados, Joseph Saddler moved to the South Bronx with his family in the

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  • June 24, 2019By askhiphop

    On November 4th 1987, the proclaimed Godfather of “gangster rap” Ice-T, released his first studio album, Rhyme Pays. And the single that emerged from that album defined the “gangster rap” genre. “6 N’ the Mornin’” (which was the B-side to “Dog ‘N the Wax” (Ya Don’t Quit-Part II), produced by DJ Unknown), had a storytelling

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  • June 23, 2019By askhiphop

    Grand Wizzard Theodore (Theodore Livingstone) was born March 5, 1963 in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, New York on Boston Road and 168th Street.  His older brothers Claudio and “Mean”Gene were part of a Hip Hop duo called the L-Brothers and introduced him to scratching even before he reached adolescence. DJ Grandmaster Flash, a frequent

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  • December 31, 2022By askhiphop

    There are few rappers in history as respected and revered as Big Pun. From his humble beginnings in the Bronx, to his meteoric rise to fame, to his tragic death at the young age of 28, Big Pun’s life was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. In this post, we will take a

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  • November 5, 2022By askhiphop

    Shabba-Doo (Adolfo Quiñones) was born May 11, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the area that is now called Lincoln Heights.   The young Black and Puerto Rican began dancing and putting on shows at family parties around the age of 4, but his professional career took off after moving to California in

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