Hip Hop Skool Pt 1: 10 REAL Hip Hop Pioneers and Legends That Laid Down The Foundation


Everyone is wondering where hip hop is going these days. Unfortunately, most of the new generation have no clue where hip hop even came from. A couple of days before I began writing this post, I was listening to some Drake and Nicki and threw in some Lil Kim. But then I stumbled upon my ol’ skool collection and began to play “South Bronx” by BDP and “Eric B For President” by Eric B and Rakim among other heavy weights, which inspired me to write this post. So for those of you who love hip hop this is for you. Listen, Reminisce, Share, Dance and Enjoy!

DJ Kool Herc

Also known as the “Founding Father of Hip Hop” and turnable pioneer. DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell), is a Jamaican-born DJ who is credited for originating hip hop in the Bronx. He’s was best known for Deejaying at major neighborhood block parties. His technique consisted of isolating the instrumental portion of the record which emphasized the drum beat–the”break”– and switch from one break to another to yet another. He called his dancers break-boys and break-girls hence the term b-boy and b-girl. His style was quickly picked up by figures such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.

Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation and Soul Sonic Force

Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three orignators of break-beat deejaying. Respectfully known as the “Grandfather”and “Godfather” The amen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture as well as the Father of the Electro Funk Sound. He is responsible for spreading hip hop culture throughout the world. [audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/Looking For The Perfect Beat.mp3]

Sugar Hill Gang

The Sugarhill Gang were pioneers of recorded hip hop with their single “Rapper’s Delight” which went multi-platinum selling 8 million copies in 1979. They were the first hip hop act to perform on American Banstand.  They had other modest hits Apache (Jump On It) and 8th Wonder [audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/rappers delight.mp3]

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was an influential American hip-hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. The group’s use of turntable style and break-beat techniques was a significant force in the early development of hip hop music. The Message is cited as one of the most influential songs in hip hop history. They were the first hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame [audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/The Message.mp3]

Kurtis Blow

Kurt Blow is one the first commercially successful rappers and the first to sign with a major record label. The Breaks single is the first certified hip hop gold record. He made his first public appearance as a b-boy and DJ in 1972.




The Fat Boys

The Fat Boys is a successful hip hop trio that emerged in the early 1980s. Big Buff Love, The Human Beatbox was a pioneer in beatboxing. He and his contemporary Doug E. Fresh popularized beatboxing inspiring other artists to innovate, in Biz Markie and Rahzel. The group’s 1984 self-titled debut The Fatboys is considered by many to be an early hip hop classic.[audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/human_beatbox.mp3]

Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew (Ricky D aka Slick Rick)

Doug E. Fresh, also known as “the Human Beat Box”. One of the early pioneers of beatboxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, throat and a microphone. But it was when both Doug E. Fresh and Ricky D. Recorded The Show and La-Di-Da-Di are considered two of the all-time greatest early hip hop classics.  [audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/ladidadi.mp3]


Run-DMC is acknowledged as one the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. They were one of the most well-known hip hop acts in the 1980s, signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music. They were the first group in their genre to have a gold record and to be nominated for a grammy award. Rolling Stone ranked them #48 in their list as the greatest musical artists of all time. Run-DMC were amongst the first to show how important the MC/DJ relationship was.[audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/Peter Piper.mp3]

Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success more than 20 years after the release of their debut album. Licensed To Ill was the first rap album to go #1 on the Billboard album charts where it stayed for five weeks. It was also Def Jam’s fastest selling debut record to date selling over 5 million copies. [audio:https://industryallaccess.com/access/music/Paul Revere.mp3]

Boogie Down Productions

Boogie Down Productions pioneered the fusion of dancehall reggae and hip hop music. Their Debut LP Criminal Minded contained frank descriptions of life in the South Bronx of the late 1980s thus setting the stage for would eventually become Gangsta Rap.



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