Origins of Hip Hop

By A&E

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Hosted by renowned MC and founding father of hip hop Grandmaster Caz, A&E’s Origins of Hip-Hop reveals the true stories of the people and places that ignited a global culture. Each episode, Caz sits down with hip hop legends like Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Sha Rock to hear how it all happened straight from the source. From the legendary OJ Car Service bumping the first “mixtapes” to hip hop as therapy for the people of The Bronx, Caz and his guests uncover the lesser-told stories that made hip hop what it is today. These are their stories and the stories to be told for generations.

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The Chain
35:06
The gold chain has been a statement piece in music for decades, from the disco era to the days of funk and soul. When artists like Run DMC and Kurtis Blow started flaunting chains on their album covers, it symbolized a certain status and bravado that shifted fashion forever. In this episode, Caz sits down with the godfather of West Coast hip-hop Lonzo Williams and jeweler Avi Malidani with returning guest Dr. Ebony Utley to talk about the importance and evolution of the chain in hip-hop fashion. Plus, breakers Rokafella and Kwikstep tell Caz about their firsthand experience seeing fashion’s impact on the culture, from the function of a zip-up hoodie on the street side cardboard to the flash and style of Adidas tracksuits in a b-boy pose. Rock your flyest outfit because we’re stuntin’ for the culture in this episode.

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Jun 29, 2022
Coast to Coast And Around The World
33:01
Hip-Hop began in the Bronx but quickly spread across the country and the world. In this episode, Davey D and Jeff Chang are back to talk about the spread of hip-hop from the east coast to the west coast, and all the places in between. Plus, Busy Bee rejoins Caz to recount their journey from the Bronx to Japan and how they brought the foundations of hip-hop around the world. Grab your ticket because hip-hop is going global on this track.

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Jun 22, 2022
Hip-Hop As Social Justice
25:28
Just as Motown influenced the Civil Rights Movement, hip-hop has been a tool for resistance against the ruling class in The Bronx and worldwide. In this episode, Dr. Ebony Utley and Author Jeff Chang return to talk about how hip-hop and social justice coincide in our communities and the strides they have yet to make. From Black Power to Black Lives Matter, they break down how hip-hop can create economic equality and be an agent for change, while Caz and MC Sha Rock tell us how hip-hop pushed against the status quo with something so organic as a party.

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Jun 15, 2022
The High
25:16

Mind-altering substances have always had an influence on popular culture and music, but for hip-hop it wasn’t just in the music. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s drugs were in communities and homes all around the city. As the epidemic tore through the Bronx, hip-hop was an escape and way for people to tell their stories. In this episode Caz invites scholar and author Jeff Chang to talk about the role drugs have played in hip-hop music and culture in the Bronx, walking us through the evolution of substance use and hip-hop through time. Legendary MC Busy Bee and Sha Rock return to talk about their personal experiences and how they rose above and beyond the strife with hip-hop at their side.


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Jun 08, 2022
Hip-Hop As Therapy
27:25
Hip-hop has been called many things: a culture, a religion, and a way of life. For the people of the Bronx in the ‘70s, hip-hop was a place to belong and a place of refuge from the chaos. In this episode, Caz talks with experts Dr. Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil and Dr. Ebony Utley about the ways hip-hop transforms, heals, and expands on conventional forms of self-care. He also sits down with artists Busy Bee and Grand Wizzard Theodore to share what hip-hop meant to them when the going got tough. Community organizer and educator Melissa Libran also joins to explore how hip-hop educates and builds positive futures for the next generation. Tune in and bring a notebook because you’ll want to write all of this down. 

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Jun 01, 2022
The Turntable
25:52

In the fundamentals of hip-hop, the DJ is number one. From the first party DJ Kool Herc played in the Bronx to the innovative two-turntable genius of Grandmaster Flash, the DJ is the foundation of hip-hop music and culture. In this episode, Caz sits down with the inventor of scratching Grand Wizzard Theodore and turntable champion DJ Shortkut to explore the mastery of turntablism. From building a sound system to mastering a technique, the DJ has evolved into a full-on art form. Grab your headphones and a new set of needles because you won’t want this record to skip. 

 



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May 25, 2022
OJ Car Service
28:26
In this very first episode of Origins of Hip-Hop host Grandmaster Caz sits down with legendary MC Sha Rock and renowned journalist Davey D. to talk about the influential OJ car service. Back in the late 1970’s, before the terms “hip-hop” and “mixtape” even existed, the OJ Car service gave young MCs an opportunity to spread their music throughout the borough of the Bronx. Riding with the windows down and music up the OJ Car Service promoted the new wave of music that would become hip-hop today. Hear true stories firsthand and learn the real impact of a car service that made history. Make sure you got your fare money cause you don’t want to miss this ride.

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May 18, 2022
Introducing Origins of Hip-Hop
1:31
Hosted by renowned MC and founding father of hip-hop Grandmaster Caz, A&E’s Origins of Hip-Hop reveals the true stories of the people and places that ignited a global culture. Each episode, Caz sits down with hip-hop legends like Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Sha Rock to hear how it all happened straight from the source. From the legendary OJ Car Service bumping the first “mixtapes” to hip-hop as therapy for the people of The Bronx, Caz and his guests uncover the lesser-told stories that made hip-hop what it is today. These are their stories and the stories to be told for generations.

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May 11, 2022