ROC Stars was a crew of very talented writers mostly from the Bronx. The crew was founded by COS 207 aka DRAKE between 1975 and '76. The late SHY 147 (rip) served as vice president. VAN II, AZE and HALLOW were among the original members. Subsequent membership included popular writers such as KEL FIRST, CASE 2, MIN ONE, DURO, MARE 139 and CRASH. The original name for the crew was a clever play on words utilizing the acronym ROC (Roc On City). Stars was added on later by KEL FIRST, voicing the crew's status. 1980 was a peak year for the crew. During this year they produced many classic window down wild style whole cars adorned with a variety of stylized illustrations ranging from Vaughn Bode to hip hop b-boy styled imagery. The IRT 2, 5 and 6 lines were their favorite targets. Members like DURO, MIN and KEL brought the crew name to the BMT and IND subway divisions. #graffitihistory
Hip Hop History:
The 1st Hip Hop film WILD STYLE opens in U.S. theaters on March 18, 1983.
First Run Features film, written & directed by Charlie Ahearn, starred graffiti artist LEE Quiones as the fictional graffiti artist ZORO. A celebration of New York's hip hop culture, the movie included appearances by some of the earliest pioneers including Grandmaster Flash, Lady Pink, Fab Five Freddy, Patti Astor, Grandmixer DXT, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Lisa Lee, Rammellzee, The Cold Crush Brothers, Fantastic Freaks ft Grand Wizard Theodore, Rock Steady Crew and Double Trouble [formerly of Funky 4+1]. #hiphophistory
Hip Hop History:
In 1982, The Sugarhill Gang release their sophmore album 8th Wonder on the Sugar Hill label.
Produced by James Cullimore and label founder Sylvia Robinson, the set would feature hits like their title track, "Showdown", featuring Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and it reached #13 on the R&B Hip Hop charts and their remake of the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache", one of the earliest classic hip hop breakbeats, reached #49 on the R&B Hip Hop charts. #hiphophistory
The 357 crew was formed in 1985 and was active on the subways during the mid to late 1980s. The IRT 6 local and BMT B line were 357 favorites. Their names were prevalent on the streets midtown Manhattan. RD 357 was a particularly active member in addition to hitting subways and streets his name could be found in obscure areas such as the Metro North commuter train tunnels beneath Grand Central Station and along piers on the East River. The 357 continues to be active on streets of New York. Early Crew membership included RD, LACE 357, DE3 357 KK, and JJ 357. Presently newer members like JUST 357 accompany RD to bomb the streets of New York City. The works of SERE 357 can be found on the streets of New York City as well as freight trains. #graffitihistory
Hip Hop History: 20/20 Special, "Rappin to the Beat"
In 1981, 20/20's story on the genre was the 1st in-depth national TV spotlight about Hip Hop. The story which explored the growing overnight phenomenon of Hip Hop featured some artists such as the Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow and Blondie whose chart topping single, "Rapture" featured lead singer, Debbie Harry rapping.
The story investigated the current trend of b-boying and described Hip Hop as an "all beat and all talk" genre that "tells you a story and makes you want to dance". Unlike much of Hip Hop's earliest press coverage, the 20/20 piece suggested that the music might have long-term longevity. "Rap is likely to influence popular music for years to come", the show proclaimed. [see links on my Facebook page] "It has tremendous staying power because it lets ordinary people express ideas they care about in language they can relate to put to music they can dance to. #hiphophistory
Ex-gang member Afrika Bambaataa forms the Universal Zulu Nation in the Bronx NY.
Inspired by DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Dee, Afrika Bambaataa wanted to form an organization that would inspire gang members and disenfranchised youth all over the world to utilize creative forces as a means to turn their lives around. Bambaataa used Hip Hop Culture as the vehicle to realize that goal.
By the 1980s, the Universal Zulu Nation had branches in the UK, Japan, France, Australia and South Korea.
Hip Hop History: Hurt 'Em Bad - "N.B.A. Rap" 
Two years before Kurtis Blow dropped his hit "Basketball," DJ George "Hurt 'Em Bad" Luster daydreamed on wax of winning games and shocking fans. According to Billy Jam's liner notes to West Coast Rap: The First Dynasty, Vol. 2, the apocryphal story is that Hurt 'Em approached half of the duo behind Groove Time Records in a parking lot and rapped this All-Star highlight reel at him — the funk label quickly rethought their resistance to rap music. Hurt 'Em Bad did four more sports-themed singles, one of which featured actual baller Hakeem Olajuwon, though none matched the charms of the first.
In the mid 70s, Grandmaster Flash begins working on a new, revolutionary technique of djing. In addition to extending the break of a song, he begins mixing bits of two different songs together. Using headphones, he's able to get the songs to overlap and connect. His new 'mixing' technique would be adopted by every Hip Hop dj to follow. #hiphophistory
The Fun Gallery holds an important place in aerosol art history. It was instrumental in reintroducing the underground art form into the mainstream artworld in the early 1980s. The gallery was founded in 1981 by underground film star Patti Astor and Bill Stelling. Located in Manhattan's East Village, the Fun Gallery featured the works of many the era's most influential artists.
It showcased the works of artists such as Jean Michelle Basquiat, LEE Quinones, Keith Haring, DONDI White, SHARP, Kenny Sharif, FUTURA 2000, A ONE, FAB 5 FREDDY and REVOLT.
The gallery provided many artists with their first one man shows and introduced many others to the established art world for the first time. The Gallery's cutting edge reputation attracted New York's hippest and coolest. In 1983 Citibank art advisor Jeffery Deitch stated in People Magazine that the Fun Gallery was "One of the hottest galleries in the city". The gallery was also well received with in the aerosol art itself. Its down to earth atmosphere facilitated the growth and development of the artist's work without compromise of their street credibility. #hiphophistory
MAFIA stands for Master's Administration For Incredible Artists
DON ONE was the original president of MAFIA. MAFIA would later thrive with writers like NOC 167, CHAIN 3 and others. DON hit the RRs during 1976 and 77. His works would also run on the Js, LLs and Ms. He was an writer with a IRT sense of style. He did complicated styles and colors not seen on the BMT at the time. #graffitihistory
10 Reasons Why Battle Rap is the Next Best Thing - greenlabel
#9 It's Available Everywhere and Easily Accessible
Technological advances have only furthered battle rap. Before YouTube, battles used to come out through the SMACK platform on DVD, meaning accessibility was troublesome, deterring the casual fan. Today, anyone with a sufficient Internet connection can get an impressive catalog of battles wherever and whenever.
For better or worse, gold chains remain one of the most enduring visual symbols of Hip Hop culture. Back in the 80's, Big Daddy Kane was one of the key artists who helped popularize huge gold jewelry, name plate necklaces, and chunky chains. #hiphophistory
Today's SAMPLE comes from this duo from Chicago Illinois and they are known as YOUNG HOLT UNLIMITED and their tune titled "WAH WAH MAN" was sampled by Hip Hop's.... Eminem - "Brainless"
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - "Baby, You Nasty"
EPMD - "Nobody's Safe Chump"
Mainsource - "Hellavision"
Large Professor - "Opulence"
King Tee feat. Mad Kap and Nefertitti - "We Got Tha Fat Joint"
Stezo - "Here To School Ya"
Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), were a U.S. soul and jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois.
Drummer Isaac "Red" Holt and bassist Eldee Young, formerly members of Ramsey Lewis' jazz trio, formed a new outfit called the Young-Holt Trio with pianist Don Walker in 1966. They met with modest success, including the minor hit with "Wack-Wack", which charted at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1968, the group renamed itself Young-Holt Unlimited, and replaced Walker with Ken Chaney. Under their new name, the group scored a number three Hot 100 hit with "Soulful Strut," the backing instrumental track from Barbara Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl." "Soulful Strut" sold a million copies with the gold record awarded by the RIAA in January 1969, less than 3 months after the track's release. Follow-up releases failed to match the commercial success of "Soulful Strut", and the group disbanded by 1974, with Young and Holt continuing to play in Chicago small bands.
Young died of a heart attack on February 12, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71.
Holt was believed still to be active as of early July 2011
Aliases: MET, ORTEM, FIX, KRASE 2
Started:1988 Primary affiliations: DMC, FBA, OTB, MAFIA, UA Local origin: New Jersey
Areas hit: New Jersey, Bronx
New Jersey native METRO's writing career commenced in 1988. He was inspired by the work of SEEN UA. He has forged friendships with many Bronx old school legends and has collaborated with COPE 2, NIC 707, BOOTS 119 and others. He is recently affiliated with several legendary Bronx crews including Kings Destroy and Out To Bomb. He is president of his own crew Da Masters of Creation. #graffitihistory
The Roots referenced Fela off one of their critically acclaimed albums, Rising Down: Look, my squad half Mandrill, half Mandela// My Band ’bout 70 strong just like Fela
Rising Down, released in 2008 is the eighth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released April 28, 2008 on Def Jam Recordings. The album's title is adapted from William T. Vollmann's book Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means. Expanding on the dark, dense production and political tone of Game Theory, Rising Down features lyrical themes concerning issues of contemporary society, including violence, poverty, social and environmental climate, drugs, police corruption, and the music industry.
Hip Hop History. Dapper Dan --The Original Hip Hop Tailor-- From his eponymous store on E 125th in Harlem, Dapper Dan (real name Daniel Day) presided over a remarkable fashion emporium in the 80s and 90s. His uptown clientele was a heady mix of hustlers, street cats and hip hop royalty, all of whom shared a mutual love of what Dap himself called a ‘macho type of ethnic ghetto clothing’. That’s Harlem shorthand for streetified-luxury, a glorious melange of status symbols such as mink, ostrich, crocodile and python married with his own trademark ‘reappropriatons’ of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi yardage.
LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Run DMC, Fat Boys and Public Enemy publicly repped Dapper Dan hard and his fame quickly spread beyond the local hood. Peep Eric B and Rakim’s Follow the Leader and Paid in Full for classic Dapper Dan outfits in full effect. Mike Tyson famously punched out opponent Mitch Green in front of the store whilst on his way to pick up the classic ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ jacket. The place became notorious.
Jackets, bags, hats, two-tone jumpsuits with all-over prints – there was nothing Dapper Dan wouldn’t cover in acres of hand-printed and embossed leather. Gucci seat covers, LV-inspired upholstery and a famous convertible lid for Rakim’s Jeep showed Dap’s talent for entreprenurial diversification. Another iconic ensemble was a Louis Vuitton jacket with huge gold Mercedes badges. Less well known were the sneakers that matched his jackets, but shoes were definitely on the menu at Dapper Dan’s. The Fat Boys for example repped Nike Air Force 1s with Gucci Swooshes on the cover of their long player Crushin’. Nearly everything was a one-off designed for an individual, making Dapper Dan one of the OG customisers.
As his fame and fortune grew, the European fashion houses swooped. Infuriated by the very public knock-off of their trademarks and inflamed by their utter rejection of black, urban culture, they took legal action against Dap and he went underground. [research]. #hiphophistory
Graffiti Never Dies was a crew based in Brooklyn. The crew was founded around 1974 by MR. ICE. Their work could be seen mainly on the IND and BMT subway divisions. Early GND membership included SGT. BONES, AXE, CISCO, LP 136, BIG D, RODEO, HASH 131, DUSTY, CONDOR, SPUNK, JF, FARGO aka BASE and KILLER
In the early 1980s at a time when most original GND members were retired, LP 136 made a significant comeback for GND under the alias TRIKE along with writers like SET 3, SAKE and JOUST. #graffitihistory
Hip Hop History: MC Hammer "Let's Get it Started 
The 1st release from Bustin' Records, a small Fremont label backed by Mike Davis and Dwayne Murphy of the Oakland A's, was a 12-inch by an East Oakland street kid turned dancer and entrepreneur who used to be the team's ball boy. He had cemented a relationship with Felton Pilate II of Con Funk Shun fame and Pilate's skills gave "Let's Get It Started" an impressive sonic muscularity for an indie release. The body-slamming percussion and stabbing synth keys nuked Bay Area dance floors while Hammer bragged that "my beat is ever boomin'" and "I'm second to none/From LL to Doug E. Fresh and DJ Run." (Though, LL Cool J would lyrically eviscerate Hammer for that slip-up on "Jack the Ripper.") In January 1990, Hammer won two American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and was nominated for Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Let's Get It Started). rollingstone. #hiphophistory
CASANOVA CREW: Security crew for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 and promoter of Ray Chandler's The Black Door Productions [the original club spot of Grandmaster Flash & Furious 5]. The crew included former Black Spades gang members and known for being particularly ruthless. Pictured in this photo is Crackerjack, a former Casanova Crew member. #hiphophistory
Producer: DJ Kay Gee
Album: Naughty by Nature
Label: Tommy Boy
Even though we'd already heard the "More Peas" break [The J.B.'s] on Showbiz & A.G.'s "Soul Clap" and Organized Konfusion's "Fudge Pudge", the way Kay Gee flipped it for Treach and Vinnie had the most impact, thanks to the energetic chanted chorus, added piano chords and organ riffs.
“Real people do real things. A collective of a whole bunch of people who do things in their own locale, in their own neighborhoods— the sum is bigger than the parts, and the parts will grow." —-Chuck D
3YB started during the early '70s in the Three Yard in Harlem with members like JACE 2, STAN 153 and ROME 150. 3YB expanded to all city during the mid '70s with writers like CLIFF 159, JESTER, PEACE 108,TEE, STIM among others. They became quite possibly the most famous bombing crew ever. This crew had more true all city kings than almost any crew in history.
Other writers to put up 3YB were DUKE 9 , AFX2, DIABLO,TERO, IN, DEAN, SLAVE, DISCO, ROGER, CHINO 174, BEN 167, KODAK 2 and many others. As with other prestigious crews, 3YB fell victim to loose recruitment. Writers would put up 3YB because a friend of a friend of a recruiter said they could. This made it difficult to determine which writers had obtained legitimate membership.
In the late 1990s STAN 153 resurrected 3YB with contemporary talent such as KEO and others. #graffitihistory
1984 is yet another healthy year in Hip Hop. Run-D.M.C. continue to be a strong force in the post-seminal song era of Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, having their "Rock Box" video being the 1st rap song played on MTV. Freestyle music flourishes with Alisha ("All Night Passion"), Debbie Deb, Shannon ("Give Me Tonight"), and Nayobe ("Please Don't Go"). Kurtis Blow releases the last batch of his greatest songs before fading, giving way to newcomer Doug E. Fresh and Whodini. U.T.F.O., originally backup singers for Whodini, record "Roxanne, Roxanne" which creates the biggest and most influential all-time trend in Hip Hop. Somewhere between 50-100 response records ensue, and two of them ("The Real Roxanne" and "Roxanne's Revenge") become massive classics, opening the door for female MCs to gain massive success in the future such as MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, and Queen Latifah. 2 Live Crew's "It's Gotta Be Fresh EP", released in late 1984, IS THE 1st significant Hip Hop record from the South and births what is known as Miami Bass, another Hip Hop variant alongside electro-funk and freestyle and early techno. Also, Afrika Bambaataa, "The Godfather of Hip Hop", unites with "The Godfather of Soul", James Brown, to record "Unity" which later causes an explosion in the sampling of James Brown records, a vital Hip Hop feature. Divine Sounds score a hit with their Run-D.M.C.-like "What People Do for Money" as The Fat Boys become the most comical characters in Hip Hop (later collaborating with The Beach Boys and Chubby "The Twist" Checker). #hiphophistory
DJ Cheese was the 1st World Champion of the DMC World DJ Championships in 1986.
He is an important figure in the history of turntablism. Effectively, his winning set from the UK Disco Mix Club (DMC) 1986 competition set incorporated scratching, which initiated this totally different approach of DJ'ing. Changing The Whole Course Of The DMC FOREVER. Eventually, his innovation modified the whole meaning of DJ battles, turning the DMC into a competition strictly focused on turntablism (mainly scratching and beat juggling), which had a significant impact on people, helping them to perceive turntablists as musicians.