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