Takin it Back Ol’ School

Cornell Hip Hop Collection

By Imani Brammer

 “First time I spun on my head was 1976 on a piece of card board. The song was Vicky Su Robinson, “Turn the Beat Around.”  I was 9 years old.”

That was one of the early voices of hip hop, Eldred Harris, reminiscing on the fun, authenticity and turmoil of the 70’s in New York City’s South Bronx, where hip-hop gave birth to exciting youth who beat boxed, break danced, D.J-ed at turn tables, and free styled at jams. Hip-hop was not just a genre of music. It was the beginning of a new culture, and even more profound: a movement.

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