Jurassic 5 Brings Hip Hop To Lollapalooza

With two DJ’s, Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, Jurassic 5 have crafted a new take on that classic old-school hip-hop sound. Like a reinvigorated dream team of Grandmaster Flash, the Cold Crush Brothers and the Sugarhill Gang, they bring rapid-fire rhymes, four-man harmonies and wild block-party beats like no one else in hip-hop. “If you listen to hip-hop, you’re going to borrow something,” DJ Nu-Mark contended to Michael Machosky of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “There’s going to be that DJ Premier beat, that Pete Rock beat that you feel. That’s how you know it’s good music. It changes your soul and makes you think differently.” J5 have taken that new sound on the current Lollapalooza tour, which Nu-Mark says is “a good challenge for us.”

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Pioneers Of Rap Are Making A Living As Tourist Guides

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Some of the original pioneers of rap are making a new living as tourist guides in New York – showing visitors around the sites that “represent the origins of hip-hop people and events.” The $75 tour is hosted by some the originators of hip-hop themselves – Reggie Reg of the Crash Crew, LA Sunshine of the Treacherous Three, and Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers. “Everyone else is cashing in – why shouldn’t we?” Rahiem – a member of one of the best-known groups, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – told BBC World Service’s The Music Biz programme. Read more.

Kids Need To Learn Hip Hop History

Like fellow pioneers Afrika Bambaataa and Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash can tell you what hip hop is and where it came from. “That’s important,” he tells David Hinckley of the New York Daily News. “How are kids going to know if nobody teaches them? Even some rappers don’t realize this didn’t start with emcees. It started with deejays. Without the deejays, it wouldn’t have gotten out of the Bronx.”

Sugar Hill Studios Burns Down

AllHipHop.com reports fire destroyed legendary Sugar Hill Studios in New Jersey on Friday morning. The studio was home to the Sugar Hill Gang, who recorded their almost 23 years ago, as well as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Trouble Funk and others. “It’s really a shame,” Jam Master Jay lamented. “I even lost a completely mixed album in the fire. It’s gone!”