Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Hip hop history
Annotation:A graphic novel that tells the story of hip hop's early days in the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom.
Annotation:This picture book shows how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he helped invent went on to define a culture and transform the world.
Annotation:A real treasure from 1983, Wild Style follows the fictional story of graffiti artist Zoro while featuring real early hip hop artists like Busy Bee, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Caz, and more. Streaming on Hoopla.
Annotation:Enjoy the music of Wild Style through Alexander Street, available from home with your library card number.
Annotation:Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin built one of the few early rap labels that survived the decades. Includes 'I can't live without my radio' from a very young L.L. Cool J.
Annotation:Afrika Bambaata was one of the founding pioneers of rap and hip-hop with hits like Planet Rock. This collection spans five years of his groundbreaking career with 12 of his best and biggest hits.
Annotation:As the Furious 5 rapped, "Grandmaster, cut faster than any known cell to the bone. Full grown, he's a one of a kind and Flash is gonna rock your mind huh."
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Recently there have been some wonderful books published on hip hop's early days in the South Bronx, and the well-loved, much-sampled movie Wild Style is now available through our digital streaming service, Hoopla. Take a moment to enjoy early hip hop with these books, movies, and recordings.