Graffiti artist, B-Boys, Emcee's, DJ's. The clothes, dances, and language of the inner city.
Artists like Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Busy Bee, The L Brothers, Grandwizard Theodore, Treacherous Three, Cold Crush Brothers, Sha Rock, Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay.
If it wasn't for these pioneers there would be no Hip Hop today. However many of todays artists have forgotten that.......
Back then Hip Hop wasn't about who had the most money, the most expensive car, the biggest house.
It was about the lyrics, getting people on the dance floor, showing your skill on the mic, entertainin' the crowd, and if you had a beef with someone you either took it to the stage or put it on wax.
Epic battles between artists like Kool Moe Dee vs Busy Bee, Boogie Down Productions vs the Juice Crew, made people want to listen to and buy the music just to hear who had the best dis.
Lets not forget the Crews, like Juice Crew, The First Priority Family,The Hilltop Hustlers, legendary DJ'S like Mr. Magic, DJ Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Brucie B, the list could go on and on.
I can remember as a kid listening to groups like Tuff Crew, Audio Two, De La Soul, Public Enemy, EPMD, Beastie Boys, Fat Boys. The best thing about them? They were all different, none of them sounded the same they all did their own thing. Tuff Crew was raw Hip Hop. Audio Two had their own unique style of production & rhyming. De La Soul with ground breaking music and style definitely outside the box. Public Enemy bringing the message of history and knowledge. EPMD wow what a perfect match between Eric and Parish. No two Eemcee's could flow together like them. Beastie Boys broke hip hop to a wider audience & no group has ever been or ever will be like them, much love to M.C.A. (RIP). Fat Boys with their feel good, clever and sometimes funny rhymes.
And lets not leave out the most perfectly matched Emcee and DJ ever, Eric B and Rakim. No other group has ever had such a perfect blend, Rakim in my mind is one of the all time greatest.
Remember DJ's....true DJ's? Talking about DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money, DJ Too Tuff, the almighty Jam Master Jay, Grandmaster Flash, Scott La Rock, Grand Mixer DXT, they used to be the beat, the heart, the soul of the groups. Scratching and mixing, a true forgotten talent in the mainstream.
To sum it all up...much love to the innovators, the originators, the best ever, THE LEGENDS........