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Friday, February 14, 2014

Afrika Bambaataa and the Golden Age of B-Boy Culture

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM

(Washington Hall) Many years ago, Beans, the rapper and member of the important, underground (but now-inactive) quartet Antipop Consortium, said to me over the phone: "I grew up in the golden era of hiphop, with Mantronix. That's who I listened to and who I'm thinking about when I make my music. I mean, the first record that I ever bought was Afrika Bambaataa's ‘Planet Rock.’” Bronx-born Afrika Bambaataa is not so much a DJ but an idea of hiphop, a spirit that first appeared in the late ’70s and spread so powerfully across the ’80s ("Renegades of Funk," “Wildstyle,” “Looking for the Perfect Beat,” Time Zone’s “World Destruction”) that it now forms one of the richest layers of the culture. With QBert and 206 Zulu.

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