The Golden Age of Hip Hop in Black and White
The Golden Age of Hip Hop in Black and White - Part 1
In today's vernacular, it's generally referred to as "old school" Hip Hop. But at the time, it was a thriving scene based on heavy drum machine beat patterns and notebooks full of bragging rights in the form of battle rhymes and party lyrics. This style would eventually be referred to by hip hop heads as "boom-bap". It was - and is - king of the hip hop jungle and has yet to be dethroned. Here are a few founders and representatives of the form of artistic expression commonly known as "Rap" music.
Clive Campbell, better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican DJ who is credited for originating hip hop music in the Bronx, New York City, in the 1970s through his "Back to School Jam", hosted on August 11, 1973
Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1983 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and one of the most famous hip hop acts of the 1980s.
Kurtis Walker, professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and minister. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label.
Mohandas Dewese, better known by his stage name Kool Moe Dee, is an American hip hop MC prominent during the late 1970s through the early 1990s. Kool Moe Dee was a member of the rap group Treacherous Three, and also one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.
An American hip hop duo formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, composed of DJ Eric B. (born Eric Barrier) and MC Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr.). AllMusic wrote that "during rap's so-called golden age in the late '80s, Eric B. & Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of hip-hop. Tom Terrell of NPR called them "the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop music period."
LL Cool J has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His twelfth album Exit 13 (2008), was his last for his long-tenured deal with Def Jam Recordings.