The legendary Salaam Remi joins Pete Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds on the year’s very first installment of Juan Epstein to welcome in the next three sixty-five and speak to an unconventional upbringing that made him destined to be one of the greats. They take a long jog down memory lane, reminiscing on Hot 97’s transition to the new building and how Biggie’s death effected us all and is still emblematic as a reference point to one of hip-hop’s greatest shifts as a culture. Remi then spoke to how his father introduced him to the music industry hustle as a producer for early Def Jam acts, how we cut his teeth on Kurtis Blow‘s “Magilla Gorilla” (featuring the captain of The Mothership, George Clinton) and pops’ beginnings in the late Larry Smith‘s first band. And that’s literally just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Salaam, who paints some of the most vivid pictures of hip-hop’s baby years that one could imagine. It’s like the dude is just made of this stuff. You can listen to Salaam Remi tell the tale of his life in hip-hop on Juan Epstein with Pete Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds below. Just be sure to get your pend and paper out, there’s roughly 30 years of hip-hop history to absorb here.
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