This Week on – The 80’s pt. 1

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In Hip Hop we trace a lot of history through the music we listened to at the time. The music which surrounds the scene acts as a soundtrack to life in that era. Music can sometimes be an interpretation of how people were living at the time. So what was Hip Hop like in its early days? How did that soundtrack affect the people of the day and inspire them to create new, innovative concepts that took hip-hop music to the next level and beyond, all the way up to   today? How and why did the music of that era inspire them to create the next wave of hip-hop music? Because after all, the music of today is only a by-product and spawn of what used to be the norm.

In the early 1980’s what was considered part of the Hip Hop Kulture musically, was a well-crafted and unique version very distinct from everything that it led to. Hip-hop music in the early 1980’s was heavily influenced by traditional disco, funk and early electronic music. The songs were unique to say the least.


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Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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