Sunday, May 14, 2006

Various Artists - Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979-1982

An excellent collection dedicated to the first days of Hip-Hop, when it was a close relative to disco and essentially party music (being the soundtrack for the famous "block parties" where DJ's such as Kool Herc invented the breakbeat). The MC's would rhyme about the pleasures of abandoning yourself to the rhythm or shout worldwide slogans ("How we gonna make the black nation rise?") while the beats were as funky as they could be. Irresistible.

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