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(Studio: Rick Sanchez) The evolution of hip-hop music from its birth in the 1970s in the Bronx, New York, reviewed; details given of the role of DJ Kool Herc and the original message of peace, unity, love and respect; music video excerpts shown; KRS One’s “Ruminations” quoted. Live interview held with rap artist MC Lyte about how hip-hop has changed. [LYTE – notes the impact of corporate America; states hip-hop is supposed to be the CNN of the ‘hood; says Kanye West and Eminem are examples of being able to tell you who they are and not in the midst of sex, drugs and murder.] Live interview held with Koch Entertainment Records John Franck about the impact of big business on hip-hop as an art form; video for Unk’s “Walk it Out” shown. [From New York, FRANCK – says it’s really about money; states hip-hop is still not understood by a lot of people in white America; says “Walk it Out” is a fun, light-hearted song.]
- Sanchez, Rick
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