Coming up, Today sees the launch of a much anticipated collaboration between two musical giants. Jay Z and Kanye West have joined forces to produce ‘Watch the Throne’. What can we expect? That's next on the Takeaway.
Long Island-based rap trio De La Soul’s 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, was recently added to the Library of Congress’ national recording registry. We talk about a landmark in hip hop music – and copyright litigation – with Dan Charnas, author of rap-business history The Big Payback, and rapper and producer Von Pea of the Brooklyn-based rap group Tanya Morgan.
The story of hip hop has been told from many angles – but a new book, “The Big Payback,” takes on the history of the multibillion dollar business. Hip hop journalist and industry veteran Dan Charnas chronicles the genre’s four decade history from street to studio to boardroom through many of its key players.
It may seem like just yesterday that you first heard The Sugar Hill Gang or Run DMC, but the hip hop business is pushing forty. For many of the years that hip hop has been around, Dan Charnas has been working in the business - as a scout, a promoter, and a journalist. Dan is the author of a new book called “The Big Payback: the History of the Business of Hip Hop.” Charnas walks us through some pivotal moments in the hip hop business, and how those moments have informed our culture and the entertainment industry.