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

Video: 20/20 Hip-Hop Special from 1981

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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