The History of Hip-Hop Bring on the funk and hear tales of the old school: Fresh Air features interviews with some of the greatest names in hip-hop history. Guests include Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Will Smith.
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The History of Hip-Hop

Fresh Air features interviews with some of the greatest names in hip-hop history.

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Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA

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Queen Latifah: The Fresh Air Interview

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'Original Gangster': Rapper and Actor Ice-T

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Darryl McDaniels, aka "D.M.C." Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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DJ and Hip-Hop Pioneer Grandmaster Flash: The Fresh Air Interview

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Rapper Melle Mel: Delivering 'The Message'

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DJ Kool Herc and the Birth of the Breakbeat

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Jay-Z

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In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old. Danny Clinch/Grand Central Publishing hide caption

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Questlove; Chuck D; Diddy

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Wu-Tang Clan's RZA

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Outkast's André 3000

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Beastie Boys

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: De La Soul's Trugoy the Dove and Maseo

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Ice-T

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Queen Latifah

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