Today in Hip-Hop History: December 1st, 2015
Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
Today in Hip-Hop History marks the 29 year anniversary of Afrika Bambataa’s Planet Rock, a hip-hop album that pioneered the start of electro dance and major elements of hip-hop itself. Planet Rock is a collection of singles that were released prior to 1986, and the self-titled track was also one of the first singles certified gold. “Planet Rock” is ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Inspirational to say the least, Bambaataa went on to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at Global Spin for being such a pioneer.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Afrika Bambaataa is known as the founder of Zulu Nation and the “Amen Ra of hip-hop Kulture.” Bambaataa started as a DJ and since then has gone on to bolster communities with a majority of the money that he makes. Most notably, he’s raised 30,000 dollars for the African National Congress while Africa was suffering from Apartheid, and 400,000 dollars for the National Urban League for education programs against violence.
The Godfather of hip-hop has done much for what this culture stands for, with Time Magazine making note of Bambaataa being one of the most influential persons of the 20th Century.
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