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Hip Hop History 101
By LisaLisa Jamz
Hip Hop Historian and Photographer.
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Remembering Bobby Robison - 1917-2011
Remembering Bobby Robinson [1917 _ 2011] Bobby Robinson, the founder of one of the 1st rap labels, Enjoy Records, and the first record man to sign a bonafide Hip-Hop acts from the streets of the Bronx. In the 1970s, Robinson produced some of the first hip-hop music records for his "Enjoy" label and had considerable influence and success in that genre through the mid-1980s. He achieved another success in 1979, when he recorded Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's first record, "Superrappin'", an innovative record which was very influential in hip-hop's early years. A local hit among New York area hip-hop fans, the music industry, however, was not ready for the new sound, and the record failed to hit nationwide. Robinson then went on to commercial success with other old school hip hop artists, including Pumpkin and Friends, the Funky Four Plus One More, Spoonie Gee (Robinson's nephew), and Kool Moe Dee with the Treacherous Three. Robinson chalked up yet another success when he produced Doug E. Fresh's "Just Having Fun (Do The Beatbox)", which introduced beatboxing to the record-buying public. He also founded or co-founded Red Robin Records, Whirlin' Disc Records, Fury Records, Fire Records and Enjoy Records. Bobby Robinson's catalog is represented by Downtown Music Publishing Robinson died on January 7, 2011 at the age of 93, after a period of declining health.
Remembering Grand Master Flowers
Hip Hop History: Grandmaster Flowers Grandmaster Flowers [Jonathon Cameron Flowers] was a DJ from Brooklyn, NY. One of the earliest DJs to mix records together in sequence. He was also known as of of the pioneers of hip hop. Flowers was involved in the disco and funk scene and held block parties. He was known for the records he played, genres such as Rock, Funk, Disco, R&B and sometimes a little Jazz. Flowers is cited as having a "formative influence" on hip hop DJs such as Grandmaster Flash & Afrika Bambaataa in the early 70's. In 1969, Grandmaster Flowers opened for another legend who influenced hip hop, James Brown at the Yankee Stadium. Although an inspiration to many of hip hop's early greats - he is highly respected by those he influenced. Flowers never made himself to the heights of his successors in the hip hop culture. As he found himself overtaken by the younger up & coming DJs at the end of 1970s. Flowers 1st appearance on the scene was as a tagger or graffiti writer. His black magic marker tag "FLOWERS + DICE" embossed many subway walls and parks in the 60s. Flowers died in 1992. RIP to another hip hop legend.
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