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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Steve Zeitlin, executive director of City Lore, and Patricia Chin, owner of VP Records, talk about the West Indian roots of hip hop. Plus, DJ Kool Herc on the early days of hip hop in New York.


Patricia Chin, DJ Kool Herc and Steve Zeitlin
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Comments [12]

Mark from Brooklyn

Hip -- your argument is sound, but Tito Puente was from East Harlem. His restaurant was on City Island.

Hip-Hop in its current incarnation is a travesty. But as the first mainstream musical form based on the recontextualizing of recorded music, it's pretty groundbreaking stuff. Even without the cultural impact it's had world-wide over the past decades.

Feb. 26 2009 01:24 PM
Hip from NY

John Cage's "Radio Music" is more musical and of more admirable intent than the H-H movement has been generally! Arturo Toscanini, Hector Lavoe, Dion DiMucci, Diahann Carroll, Stan Getz, Jan Peerce, Roberta Peters, Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, and Luther Vandross are/were from the Bronx! Wake up, folks!

Feb. 26 2009 12:32 PM
Tony Zeoli from New York, NY

The National Hip Hop Museum and Hall of Fame is a registered non profit 501(3)(c) organization with a city charter, working to build the nation's first Hip Hop Museum in the South Bronx.

For more information or to learn how to work with us on our mission to bring the National Hip Hop Museum to New York City, please visit

Feb. 26 2009 11:49 AM
Jared from Brooklyn

Just commenting on the fact that they credit Kool Herc for starting it all in the Bronx, 5 years after this record came out.

Feb. 26 2009 11:48 AM
Tony Zeoli from New York, NY

The National Hip Hop Museum and Hall of Fame is a registered 501(3)(c) in the process of developing the nation's first Hip Hop Museum in the South Bronx. The organization has been awarded a city charter for the museum and has been working for the last three years to make the museum and associated Hall of Fame a reality.

We are looking for interested parties to volunteer or intern in various capacities. For more information, please visit

Tony Zeoli
Director Of Interactive Media
National Hip Hop Museum and Hall of Fame

Feb. 26 2009 11:45 AM
Hip from NY

Sorry, folks: why should such an imbecilic unmusical form be celebrated? I've heard Michelle Martin say that only old white guys listen to jazz! The horror! (I'm not being facetious.) The travesty! The disrespect to the greats who are and who have been among us!

Feb. 26 2009 11:45 AM
Mark from Brooklyn

I think you have to give it to the Sugarhill Gang as the first *rap group* to have a single. Rap existed before the single...and the single was Sylvia Robinson's idea; she assembled the group.

Feb. 26 2009 11:43 AM
Jared from Brooklyn

What about Blowfly didn't he put out "Rap Dirty" in 1965? He was a southern guy from Georgia.

Feb. 26 2009 11:40 AM

this one reaches out to all the ladies in the dance...and so on....

toasts/shout outs are ever present in the dance hall

Feb. 26 2009 11:36 AM
steve from Englewood, NJ

The Sugar Hill Gang, I'm proud to say, hails from Englewood, NJ. Please give credit where it's due.

Feb. 26 2009 11:36 AM
Mark Carolan from Midtown

The Sugarhill Gang hail from Englewood, NJ not New York City

Feb. 26 2009 11:35 AM
Mark Carolan from Midtown

Sugarhill Gang hail from Englewood, NJ not New York

Feb. 26 2009 11:33 AM

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