Now, if you read my feature on the “Holy Trinity of Hip Hop” (HOW IT ALL STARTED) you know a little about how it all began.
Over the next few months, I will have a lot to write about from all genres of music, movies, and television but my plan is to also go deeper into the history of rap music and hip hop culture. I will feature some of the most important originators of hip hop and their music. I will take you on a journey through where the artists are from and how their music found its way into the hearts of hip hop fans worldwide. If you are a subscriber to my blog, you probably have read a bit about my history in the music industry. You may know that I have had a lot of success with hip hop and that I have a deep love of the genre.
I will give you interesting information and personal stories of my relationships with hip hop artists and their music. In order to make it an easier and a quick read I have created the title “Hip Hop Hooray” in celebration of the genre, and it will include several parts to tie the full history together
Be sure to come back to my blog often to see which artists I am featuring and where my stories will take you. When I am interviewed I am often asked to share my personal stories that span over the nearly fifty years of hip hop. I am excited to share some of these stories and personal photos with all of my subscribers.
Before I get rollin’ on Part III, of “Hip Hop Hooray” I want to remind you about a historical collection that was released in 2021.
“SMITHSONIANS ANTHOLOGY of HIP-HOP and RAP”
Back On August 16, 2021, I reviewed this new extensive and definitive collection of hip hop. This amazing release should be in the personal collection of every hip hop fan. You can read my original feature on the link at the end of this post. After reading you will understand why I was chosen as a contributor to the making of this historical music project. You will also understand how each song was added to this impressive release.
“Smithsonian’s Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap” could very well be the soundtrack to my “Hip Hop Hooray” features. I will highlight many of the Legends and Originators of Hip Hop that are included on this 9-disc collection of rap music.
I am bringing this title to your attention now because through September it is being offered at Deep Discount for an appealing sale price.
How do you put over 45 years of musical history into one disc?
It was impossible so the collection turned into 9 discs…129 definitive songs and a beautiful 300-page collectors book written by hip-hop’s leading writers and critics. The book also contains hundreds of iconic photos spanning the decades of hip-hop….1973—2018.
The final songs that were chosen for this ground-breaking and historical release were compiled by a committee of well-respected rappers, scholars, writers, aficionado’s, music critics and industry leaders. The committee was led by rappers Chuck D of Public Enemy and MC Lyte, Jeff Chang, and Mark Anthony Neil (writers and scholars), Bill Adler and Bill Stephney (early Def Jam Executives), Questlove (artist and writer) and 9th Wonder (educator). Along with a few other record executives and DJ’s, I was asked to submit 100 songs that I felt were worthy of being on this important piece of hip-hop history. I was pleased to see that many of my selections made the cut and are on SMITHSONIAN’S ANTHOLOGY of HIP-HOP and RAP.
Previously Smithsonian Folkways released extensive collections on Folk Music and on Jazz. For their third historical release they decided to celebrate the newest voice and dominant genre of music…HIP-HOP and RAP.
Here is the link to my feature from August 16, 2021, with more interesting details about the making of “SMITHSONIANS ANTHOLOGY of HIP-HOP and RAP”
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Here is a short video that will tell you a little more about this important piece of hip hop history and how it came to be. Hear it straight from the mouths of Chuck D of Public Enemy and MC Lyte