You’ve heard it a hundred times before: How black & latino party-goers on the streets formed the premise of hiphop by using two records to continue a songs break (where the drum breaks down for a solo in the middle of a song), and through a chain of hyping techniques, emcee’s were born.
Instead of continuing the cycle of the story of hiphop I hope to catch a slightly different audience with the documentary posted below. This is the story of the influence that Mambo & Salsa culture had on hiphop.
The side you don’t hear about as often is that of how the music which contained those breaks was brought to New York. This documentary talks about the generations who brought salsa to the clubs of New York and the effect that Salsa had on the birth of hiphop. Not often in the story do we get to see the people who were there, rich with culture, partying & dancing before hiphop came about.
Instead, this documentaries focus on hiphop’s founding fathers, people like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, The Furious Five, Jazzy Jay, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Grandwizard Theodore, ad nauseam. Here we have a unique documentary set of videos on YouTube (ripped off of a VHS it seems) showing a unique and interesting take on the birth of hiphop.
I hope you enjoyed the documentary. Please let me know what you think in the comment section below!