We speak with Hip Hop legend DJ Kool Herc about the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop. Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican-American DJ who is credited for originating hip hop music in the Bronx, New York City.
A Hip Hop History
An audio history of Hip Hop according to KPFA’s Davey D.
Davey D speaks with Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were American hip hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. The group’s members were Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Kidd Creole, Keef Cowboy, Scorpio and Rahiem. The group’s use of turntablism, breakbeat DJing, and conscious lyricism … Continued
Davey D speak with Hip Hop legend MC Lyte about activism, the music industry and Hip Hop culture. Lana Michele Moorer (born October 11, 1970), better known by her stage name MC Lyte, is an American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur. Considered one of the pioneers of female rap. Lyte first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first … Continued
We speak with Wasalu Muhammad Jaco better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (/ˈluːpeɪ/ LOO-pay) about government and the Occupy Movement. Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor.
Recorded conversations from The Hip Hop Political Convention panel on gangs also known as “street tribes.”
Davey D speaks with Twilight Bey about the Rodney King Rebellions and police brutality. Twilight Bey, the activist for whom Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is named and whose monologue closes the play. He is the lead Social Intervention Specialist for and co-founder of the London based The Social Solutions Institute for Research & Development.
Davey D speaks with Hip Hop legend 2Pac also known as Tupac Amaru Shakur. The interview was recorded in 1991. 2Pac is widely considered one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur’s music has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities.
We speak with Shock G about Black music, Funk and the history of Digital Underground. Shock G also known as Humpty Hump, was the front man with the versatile Oakland, California hip-hop crew Digital Underground.
Davey D speak with Brother J (born Jason Hunter) an American Hip Hop artist and a founding member of the Hip Hop group X Clan, which used to include Professor X the Overseer, Paradise the Architect, and Sugar Shaft. In 2016, Design & Trend magazine named him as one of the 10 Greatest Conscious Rappers of All Time.
An interview with artist Justin Bua about his latest book, Legends Of Hip-Hop. We also acknowledge the passing of producer, songwriter, actor and legend of Hip Hop Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011) aka “Heavy D”, who passed away at the age of 44.