15 Hip Hop Early Pioneers

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Hip Hop My Way wants to pay homage to some of the pioneers that paved the way for us to do what we love to do in a culture that belongs to us. Keep in mind there were so many to choose from that we couldn’t cover them all, but we did shout out a few of our favorites. Although not everyone on the list was there from day one, each of them played a part in molding this amazing inclusively diverse culture we call Hip Hop! Give us a quick shout and tell us who we should include in Part Two! Peace.

Beastie Boys KROQ Weenie Roast 2004

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Find out who our favorite hip hop pioneers are in the slideshow below!


Kool Herc

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Kool Herc, born Clive Campbell in Kingston Jamaica, is credited as the originator of Hip Hop music in the early 1970’s. He used two turntables together when playing 2 copies of the same record while prolonging the break which, in turn, lead to the creation of the breakbeat. He also fused punk rock with Latin percussions, which sonically helped create a platform for hip-hop music on all levels.

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa Smithsonian’s National Museum Of American History’s Hip Hop Initiative

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Afrika Bambaataa is a pioneer notable for releasing a series of genre defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture, including being one of the originators of breakbeats and DJing.

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