This year we celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop. Born at a birthday party in the rec room of an apartment building in The Bronx, New York City on August 11, 1973 -- Hip-Hop's cultural impact is still growing and rising to new heights as one of the most influential musical art forms. As part of the celebration of the supreme genre’s journey through the years, artists, cities, events, and stories, Big Tigger, D.M.C., and Greg Mack honor the music that "made" us.
We’ll let Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels start things off —
Recounting the story of the “very first West Coast record that I played,” Greg Mack shared it was World Class Wreckin' Cru, comprised of Dr. Dre and DJ Yella, “who went on to become NWA.”
“When I had brought them on to what at that time I called The Traffic Jam, which I guess everybody uses it now, but that was me that started that. So I needed a DJ to mix for me and Lonzo from the Wreckin' Cru said ‘you can use my guys.’” And well the rest is Hip-Hop history.
Also sharing the first Hip Hop record he recalls learning the words to, Greg said it was “by far Sugar Hill Gang’s ’Rappers Delight.’” Before breaking out into the track, noting “I mean who didn’t know that one, even today."
Mack also opened up about what Hip-Hop means to him, listen below.
Also sharing his own memorable Hip-Hop moment, Bigger Tigger recalled his favorite concert experience — Run-D.M.C.’s Raising Hell Tour. “I remember I danced the whole time, I partied the whole time, I rapped along the whole time… The entire time there was no sitting, there was dancing and rapping, that’s all there was to it the entire show, and yelling, it was amazing.”
Stay tuned as Audacy continues to celebrate the birth and trailblazing influence of Hip-Hop. Check out audacy.com/hiphopmade all through 2023 for more.
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