His Juice Crew collective was an important force in ushering the "golden age" era of hip hop, with advances in lyrical technique, distinctive personalities of emerging artists like Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, and attaining crossover commercial success for hip hop music.
In 1988, to showcase both his expanding crew and evolving musical productions, Marley Marl released the label–showcase In Control Volume 1. The fifth track on the album, The Symphony (song), with its sparse drum sample, simple piano melody and back-to-back roster of lyrical heavyweights (Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane) made an impression on hip-hop and is widely regarded as the quintessential "posse cut".
This was the First Rap Record. "BEFORE THE SUGARHILL GANG". .... KING TIM III was the MC for DJ MAC LOVE & DJ PRINCE out of HARLEM, NEW YORK. [ Fifth ave & 127th street ] "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is a 1979 song by the Fatback Band from the disco album XII. Released on March 25, 1979, a few months before "Rapper's Delight" (which is widely regarded as the first commercially released hip hop song), this song is often cited as the beginning of recorded hip hop. The title refers to vocalist Tim Washington, Spring Records was an Americanrecord label established in New York City in 1967. It was formed out of an artist and production management company set up earlier by Bill Spitalsky, Roy Rifkind and Julie Rifkind. The label name came from their surnames, "Sp" for Spitalsky and "ri" for Rifkind. Julie Rifkind is the father of Steve Rifkind, founder of Loud Records.
THE FATBACK BAND was a Funk Band, they saw the future of RAP.
The Making Of The Self-Destruction Video Shows The Power Of Hip-Hop Unity
Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr., January 28, 1968), is an American rapper. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.
Rakim, then known as Kid Wizard in 1985, made his first recordings live at Wyandanch High School. Rakim was initially introduced to the Nation of Islam in 1986, and later joined The Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the 5 Percent Nation), and adopted the name Rakim Allah.
Dan originally planned to be a clothing wholesaler but soon faced prejudice as he ventured out. He struggled to buy the textiles and furs he needed, as most companies refused to do business him because of his race or location. Instead of purchasing outfits to sell, he began teaching himself as much as he could about the industry so he could create his own designs from scratch. Dapper Dan's brash "knock-ups" used bootlegged fabrics he designed himself after teaching himself textile printing. Notably, he invented a new process for screen printing onto leather, and would later also design jewelry and car interiors for luxury automobiles.
The opening of his store in the early 1980s coincided with the crack cocaine epidemic and the rise of hip-hop music, both of which boosted his clientele. Day's trademark was his bold usage of logos from high-end luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi.
Though his clothing was often referred to as streetwear, Day's early clients in the 1980s were inspired significantly by the fashion flamboyance of Rat Pack icons like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. His main clientele were "hustlers and street people" — including drug kingpin Alpo Martinez — some of whom even requested bullet-proof parkas and hats.
Day's career has been revitalized in the 2010s, and he has found mainstream success since 2017. In mid-2017, in an homage to Dapper Day, Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele designed a jacket based on a well-known Dapper Dan design for Diane Dixon in 1989. The original was a fur-lined jacket with balloon sleeves covered in the Louis Vuitton logo, which Michele replaced with the double-G Gucci logo. Social media reacted when Dixon shared a photo of the Gucci jacket next to her in the original one, with Dixon requesting that Dapper Dan get credit for his original.
In 2017, with the support of Michele and Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, Day and the Italian brand partnered for a line of men's wear.
In 2018, Day opened a new atelier on Lenox Avenue in partnership with Gucci, Dapper Dan of Harlem, the first luxury house fashion store in Harlem.
In mid-1985, Brooklyn-native Cheryl James met Queens–native Jamaican rapper Sandra Denton, both studying nursing at Queensborough Community College. The pair became close friends and co–workers at Sears. Another co-worker Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor was studying record production at the Center of Media Arts and asked James and Denton to record for him as a class project. This resulted in the single "The Showstoppa", an answer record to Doug E. Fresh's hit single "The Show" by the duo who originally calling themselves "Super Nature" along with DJ Latoya Hanson in late–1985. Produced by Azor, The single utilized a melody from the 1984 filmRevenge of the Nerds. The finished recording garnered some airplay on a New York City rap radio program. The independent Pop Art Records gave it an official release, and "The Show Stoppa (Is Stupid Fresh)" became a modest R&B hit. The single reached No. 46 on the Billboard R&B chart. In September 1985, The group signed to Next Plateau Records, adopted the stage name Salt-N-Pepa and later released their debut album "Hot, Cool and Vicious" in December 1986.
In 1987, the group recruited Deidra Roper, a 15-year-old high-school student-DJ named "Spinderella" after the departure of Hanson. The group entered the music industry at a time when hip-hop music was believed to be a fad and major record companies were reluctant to sign hip hop artists. Many early hip hop artists recorded for independent labels. Salt-N-Pepa made their impact on hip-hop by being one of the first all-female rap groups. With lots of concerns about sexist lyrics and video clips that objectified women's bodies in hip hop music, many feminists disliked rap and hip-hop music because of its bad portrayal of women. However, Salt-N-Pepa changed the look of hip hop. They were scantily clad in sexy clothing and were not afraid to talk about sex and their thoughts about men. Their song "Let's Talk About Sex" was a huge hit.
Ralph McDaniels is a music video director, DJ and VJ. He co-created and co-hosts the music video program Video Music Box with Lionel C. Martin. After interning at WNYC, and subsequently becoming a radio engineer, he created Studio 31 Dance Party, a television show revolving around recordings of music performances.
JAN. 21st This Week in Hip-Hop History: RUN-D.M.C. Drop their Sophomore Album ‘King Of Rock’ 34 Years Ago
The “Kings From Queens” dropped their second album 33 years ago today.
On this date in 1985, Joseph Simmons, Daryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell successfully avoided the sophomore jinx some three decades ago when they released the follow up to their self-titled debut album with King Of Rock.
Produced by Run’s brother Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, this album was the project that catapulted the crew from rappers to internationally recognized recording artists. King Of Rock is historic in the sense that it was the first Hip Hop album to go platinum and ended up going double platinum. Singles like “King Of Rock” and “Rock It Like This” appeared in the cult classic flick Krush Groove, which is based on the rise of Run-D.M.C., Def Jam Records, co-starring Jay, Darryl, and Joe. Those two tracks and the comical “You Talk Too Much” all reached the Top 20 R&B charts.
"Once a year we celebrate Washington and Lincoln on their birthdates And now a third name is added to the list A man of peace, "Drum Major for justice" Now every January on the third Monday We pay homage to the man who paved the way For Freedom, Justice and Equality To make the world a better place for you and me It's a holiday! It's a gathering! For the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King! Chorus: Dr. King tried to love somebody Do you wanna love somebody? For his sake put your hate away, take a day... Take a day to love somebody Don't play on the Holiday, work to find a better way Everybody love somebody Everybody sing for Martin Luther King Let freedom ring for Martin Luther King! Holiday! Holiday! King Holiday! Not a day just for some It's a day for everyone He had a dream now it's up to you He had a dream now it's up to you To see it through, To make it come true! Who do we thank for teaching us That we all have the strength to love? we thank the Prince of Non-Violence for showing um the way How do we show the children of today? How do live together at one? We'll sing of a King And his words will light all of our tomorrows Chorus Listen children of today Don't think love has gone away It's in your hearts and minds How long? Not long? New day will shine, if we just take the chance His love will glow Open up the windows! Let the hero shine Every day in your life Yours and mine Everybody shine Let it shine, let it shine For the future generation, Dr. King's medication For successful operation, is peace for every nation! Sing! Celebrate! Sing! Sing! Celebrate! For a King Celebrate! Sing! Sing! Celebrate!"
Martin Luther King. Song by King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew. Also starring Whitney Houston, El DeBarge, Fat Boys, Full Force, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Stacy Lattisaw, Lisa Lisa, Teena Marie, Menudo, Stephanie Mills, New Edition, Run-D.M.C., James "J.T." Taylor and Whodini.