Sunday, 23 May 2010

Looking For The Perfect Beat - A Hip Hop History

I've ripped this documentary from my own D-120 cassette. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while as it's a really good piece of history.
Hosted by Jeff Young, this hour-long documentary features some interesting chats with people such as Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons,  Run DMC, Marley Marl, Ice T, Flavor Flav, Prince Paul and others!
It was broadcast originally on 14/07/1990 on BBC Radio 1 and as far as I'm aware is as rare as rocking horse poo.
It begins in the 1970's and features the "Hunter S. Thompson of Hip Hop", Bonz Malone with some wild tales of the old school. Bam and Arthur Baker talk about Planet Rock and Hip hop historian and ex-Head of Publicity at Def Jam, Bill Adler speaks about Run DMC.

Looking For The Perfect Beat - A Hip Hop History. Grab this one as it's a great bit of history.

9 comments:

ramses3rd said...

Cheers for this Ben, downloading now. Is that the telltale shadow of 20-year-old double sided sticky tape peeping through your home made cover? I've got a few of those!

Ben said...

Haha, yep it certainly is! It looked so smoooooth in 1990.

ramses3rd said...

Excellent tape Ben. Nice to hear that the UK got into Flash on the Wheels of Steel before the US! Interesting to hear JMJ's story about Walk This Way - the original idea sounds much better than the final result. Informative and nicely put together too, really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing.

PS - Like the new Repo theme tune!

elmattic said...

Thanx for this Ben, good looks.

Kool max said...

I remember listening to this at the time (on a.m. Radio One), and taped the first 20 mins on a D-90. This was just a great slice of hip hop history up to that time. My biggest memory though was trying to find out what was the record in the background after Bambaataa's 1st piece (it's "Ride Sally Ride" - Dennis Coffy). Big thanks for the chance to listen to the whole thing again!

cutpurseboy said...

I have this on cassette too!! Thanks for saving me a rip

JONNYCHIBA said...

i've still got this kicking about on cassette somewhere. Remember being a bit disapointed in
it at the time, seemed to jump forward to Gangsta rap (and what was current) fairly quickly. Still living out in the sticks, we loved any small thing to do with hip hop, (got loads of vhs' filled somewhere, as i'm sure most other people have :)

Robin Carmody said...

Any chance of re-uploading this? I think this was just about the first hip-hop-related programme I ever heard (I was nine ...)

Lord Summerisle said...

Link now fixed.

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