Herbie Hancock

Okay, so maybe he isn’t exactly well known for his forays into hip hop, but in 1983 his song “Rockit” from the “Future Shock” album took scratching into the mainstream. With the help of Grand Mixer D.ST., Hancock fused hip hop and jazz into a new sound.  Many groups today have experimented with the a similar theme.  Herbie and D.ST help start it all. Official Site – HerbieHancock.com Watch a...

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Grandmixer D.ST

Grandmixer D.ST., or Derek Howells, was known for his precise deejay abilities as well as his showmanship at parties.  Sometimes he would break out into a dance, or use body parts other than his hands to cut the records. All this brought him to the attention of Afrika Bambaataa who asked him to join him for parties. D.ST’s original group was The Infinity Four MC’s consisting of Kingpin Shahiem, Mike Nice, Baron and...

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Old School Feature – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Bronx: On The Unlikely Origins of the UK Hip Hop Movement

Submitted by Greg Wilson They say that lightening doesn’t strike twice, but where there’s a rule there’s always the exception. Case-in-point concerns that maverick maestro of musical mayhem, Mr Malcolm McLaren, the man who masterminded the explosion of the Punk Rock scene and brought anarchy to the UK in the form of the notorious Sex Pistols (who he managed and mentored). As a result, McLaren’s place in British...

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