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Who made Milwaukee's first hip-hop song? Turns out, this question is a tough one to Google. So we're finding the answer.

88Nine DJ Tyrone Miller and Music Director Justin Barney journey back to the early 1980s in our new podcast -- Backspin: The Search for Milwaukee's First Hip-Hop Song. In the six-part series, the guys interview national and local artists, including DMC and Speech, plus an ensemble of local musicians, DJs, and historians that witnessed the birth of Milwaukee hip hop in firsthand.

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Who made Milwaukee's first hip-hop song? Turns out, this question is a tough one to Google. So we're finding the answer.

88Nine DJ Tyrone Miller and Music Director Justin Barney journey back to the early 1980s in our new podcast -- Backspin: The Search for Milwaukee's First Hip-Hop Song. In the six-part series, the guys interview national and local artists, including DMC and Speech, plus an ensemble of local musicians, DJs, and historians that witnessed the birth of Milwaukee hip hop in firsthand.

    Episode 6: The Friends We Made Along the Way

    Episode 6: The Friends We Made Along the Way

    Justin and Tyrone settle the debate. We hear Milwaukee's first hip-hop song in full and put an end to this journey for Milwaukee's first hip-hop song.

    • 38 min
    Episode 5: Arrested Development

    Episode 5: Arrested Development

    The leader of one of hip-hop's greatest groups, Arrested Development's Speech talks about the impact that Milwaukee had on him, and the impact he had on the city and the world.

    • 28 min
    Episode 4: Scratch the Record

    Episode 4: Scratch the Record

    Controversy swirls around Milwaukee's first hip-hop song. A group of MCs, DJs and musicians who were there weigh in on the scene, the time, and the true beginning of hip-hop in Milwaukee.

    • 28 min
    Episode 3: The Majestics Meet Marvell

    Episode 3: The Majestics Meet Marvell

    A businessman with a business plan finds a group of energetic local kids who model themselves on James Brown and convinces them to record what might be Milwaukee's first hip-hop song.

    • 25 min
    Episode 2: Milwaukee was Crackin'

    Episode 2: Milwaukee was Crackin'

    A fertile music culture in Milwaukee lays the groundwork for a new art form. In the early '80s there is an opportunity to make Milwaukee into the next Motown -- it just needs one charismatic entrepreneur to take advantage of it.

    • 27 min
    Episode 1: Setting the Stage

    Episode 1: Setting the Stage

    We begin the search for Milwaukee's first hip-hop song. But first we have to understand the origins of hip-hop before it got to Milwaukee, and the fertile ground for the genre that Milwaukee provided in the early '80s.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

JonEtter ,

Essential Listening for Hip-Hop & MKE Lovers

A beautiful, compelling exploration of the history of the hip-hop scene in Milwaukee and what hip-hop is really all about. The quest to answer the question "What was Milwaukee's first rap song?" evolves into a greater discussion of what hip-hop is and means. Essential listening for all those who love hip-hop and/or our great city of Milwaukee.

milwjamie ,

Love this story

I’ve never rated a podcast before but this one absolutely is blowing me away. Love to listen to this story told thru the eyes of many in our community with ties to hip hop. I hope you do other podcasts similar to this in the future! Only on episode 3 but wishing I had unlimited free time tomorrow to hear the rest of the story. Great work!

Gypca ,

Superb

Really well done. Nice work.

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