The Bronx became a music magnet for Puerto Ricans, Jamaicans, Dominicans, and black Americans from the surrounding areas. Fab 5 Freddy, Kurtis Blow, and Melle Mel were only a few of the pioneers. Grand Wizard Theodore, Kool DJ AJ, the Cold Crush Brothers, Spoony Gee, and the Rock Steady Crew of B-boys showed up to “battle”—dance, trade quips and rhymes, check out each other’s records and equipment—not knowing as they strolled through the doors of the community center near Bambaataa’s mother’s apartment that they were writing musical history. Among them was an MC named Lovebug Starski, who was said to utter the phrase “hip-hop” between breaks to keep time.
National Geographic April 2007
Hip Hop Planet by James McBride
PS: Thanks for sending, B. Awesome article!