Video: 20/20 Hip-Hop Special from 1981 - Okayplayer

Video: 20/20 Hip-Hop Special from 1981

by shamz
9 years ago

In light of some of the "beef" that has been brewin' as of late between the some of the new(er) jacks and some pioneers in this game, I think this is the perfect time for this video. It's a 20/20 hip-hop special from 1981. The clip depicts a time when hip-hop was seen by many as a passing fad and was brand new to mainstream America. This aired before I was even born, but I think it's important for all of us, rappers and fans alike, to do our history and realize how far hip-hop has come, and to also keep in mind that none of this would be possible without these pioneers. The story behind the making of this 20/20 episode will be a part of Dan Charnas' upcoming book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, coming out on New American Library/Penguin in 2010. Watch part 2 after the jump. Big shout out to Rap Radar for putting this out there.

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