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An introductory guide to New York hip-hop in the '80s

The Get Down's Nelson George guides us through the world of '80s hip-hop in New York City, from Kurtis Blow to Eric B.
Nelson George is the supervising producer of the Netlix series, The Get Down. (Courtesy of Nelson George)
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Originally published on April 28, 2017

Today, we're taking you back to hip-hop's very beginning — to New York City and a time when hip-hop had no idea how big it would become. 

Nelson George is the supervising producer of Netflix's hit series, The Get Down, as well as a hip-hop historian whom we've had on the show a few times before. George himself is a native New Yorker and was one of the first journalists to cover hip-hop in that early era. 

So, naturally, we thought George would be the perfect candidate to give us the ultimate gateway playlist to '80s New York hip-hop.

Below are the songs mentioned in this segment:

Kurtis Blow, The Breaks

Denroy Morgan, I'll Do Anything For You

RUN DMC, Sucker MCs

Eric B. and Rakim, Eric B. is President

— Produced by Ty Callender

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