The Pied Piper of Hip Hop
By Steven Hager
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Published: Feb. 05, 2012
Words: 6,407 (approximate)
This profile of Afrika Bambaata was the first time the words "hip hop" appeared in the Village Voice. The story woke many people up to the fact that rap music, break dancing and graffiti were all somehow artistically connected.
On September 21, 1982, my first Village Voice feature story was published. The Voice had sat on the story for many months before finally getting around to putting it in print. Since I knew I had a scoop on the biggest story of the decade, it was excruciating waiting for the Voice to finally put the story in print. I was paranoid at the time someone was going to beat me to the punch. Meanwhile, most people in the media still thought rap music was a fad that would soon disappear, but in 1982, I was already predicting that hip hop was going to take over the world. Few believed me in 1982, but it all eventually came true.
, zulu nation
, kool herc
, afrika bambaataa
, grandmaster flash
, grandwizzard theodore
, furious five
, steven hager
, cold crush brothers
, coke la rock
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