The Pied Piper of Hip Hop

by Steven Hager

EPUB ISBN 978-1-4659-5243-1

copyright 2012 by Steven Hager

Originally published in the Village Voice in September 1982

Published by Steven Hager at Smashwords

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Never one to let Black History Month slip by without commemoration, Afrika Bambaataa held his third annual party celebrating the occasion of February 25, 1982. As usual, the festivities were staged at the Bronx River Community Center, a squat, fortress-like structure located in the heart of the southeast Bronx. An impressive list of the most famous rappers, DJs and MC groups in the Bronx, including Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, the Treacherous Three, Grandwizzard Theodore, and the Cold Crush Brothers, had promised to drop by and perform. The concert was free and, like most rap music extravaganzas, it was expected to be a loose, informal, and unpredictable affair. For this reason, few audience members would have been surprised if many of the advertised performers failed to appear—which, in fact, is exactly what happened.

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