The Beginnings of Modern Hip-Hop

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From its beginnings in nightclubs and house parties some 30 years ago, hip-hop has come to influence a wide swath of music, from Jamaica to France and beyond.

Kurtis Blow in the 1980s

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To investigate the origins of the art form that made rapping and breakbeats a regular part of music, David Dye explores the birth of hip-hop by talking with Kurtis Blow, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and museum curator Jim Fricke. Together, they tell the story of rap's early years in the 1970s.

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