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Origins of Hip-Hop

A&E®

Hosted by renowned MC and founding father of hip hop Grandmaster Caz, A&E’s Origins of Hip-Hop reveals the true stories of the people and places that ignited a global culture. Each episode, Caz sits down with hip hop legends like Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Sha Rock to hear how it all happened straight from the source. From the legendary OJ Car Service bumping the first “mixtapes” to hip... more

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The four elements of hip-hop, the DJ, the breaker, the MC, and the graffiti writer, are not only pillars of the culture but crucial components of the original hip-hop crew. In this exciting season finale, legendary MCs and rap crew pioneers Grandmast... more

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Hip-hop was not born in a day. In fact, its influences go way back to the first spoken word poets and original storytellers of the times. In this episode, The Godfather of West Coast hip-hop Lonzo Williams and journalist Davey D return to discuss The... more

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As hip-hop began to spread its wings in the 70s and 80s, breaking into mainstream media was the logical next step. Getting a record deal and radio play was the goal for many emerging artists, but they soon found that the industry was not all it was c... more

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The gold chain has been a statement piece in music for decades, from the disco era to the days of funk and soul. When artists like Run DMC and Kurtis Blow started flaunting chains on their album covers, it symbolized a certain status and bravado that... more

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Hip-Hop began in the Bronx but quickly spread across the country and the world. In this episode, Davey D and Jeff Chang are back to talk about the spread of hip-hop from the east coast to the west coast, and all the places in between. Plus, Busy Bee ... more

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Just as Motown influenced the Civil Rights Movement, hip-hop has been a tool for resistance against the ruling class in The Bronx and worldwide. In this episode, Dr. Ebony Utley and Author Jeff Chang return to talk about how hip-hop and social justic... more

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Mind-altering substances have always had an influence on popular culture and music, but for hip-hop it wasn’t just in the music. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s drugs were in communities and homes all around the city. As the epidemic tore through the Bronx... more

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Hip-hop has been called many things: a culture, a religion, and a way of life. For the people of the Bronx in the ‘70s, hip-hop was a place to belong and a place of refuge from the chaos. In this episode, Caz talks with experts Dr. Jaleel K. Abdul-Ad... more

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