9 episodes

Hosted by renowned MC and founding father of hip hop Grandmaster Caz, A&E’s Origins of Hip-Hop reveals the true stories of the people and places that ignited a global culture. Each episode, Caz sits down with hip hop legends like Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Sha Rock to hear how it all happened straight from the source. From the legendary OJ Car Service bumping the first “mixtapes” to hip hop as therapy for the people of The Bronx, Caz and his guests uncover the lesser-told stories that made hip hop what it is today. These are their stories and the stories to be told for generations.
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Origins of Hip-Hop A&E

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    • 4.3 • 13 Ratings

Hosted by renowned MC and founding father of hip hop Grandmaster Caz, A&E’s Origins of Hip-Hop reveals the true stories of the people and places that ignited a global culture. Each episode, Caz sits down with hip hop legends like Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Sha Rock to hear how it all happened straight from the source. From the legendary OJ Car Service bumping the first “mixtapes” to hip hop as therapy for the people of The Bronx, Caz and his guests uncover the lesser-told stories that made hip hop what it is today. These are their stories and the stories to be told for generations.
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    Industry Rule #4080

    Industry Rule #4080

    As hip-hop began to spread its wings in the 70s and 80s, breaking into mainstream media was the logical next step. Getting a record deal and radio play was the goal for many emerging artists, but they soon found that the industry was not all it was cracked up to be. Legendary hip-hop pioneer Melle Mel joins Caz to talk about “The Message” and the peaks and pitfalls of the music industry. Plus, Sha Rock returns to tell her story about being in one of the first groups to get a record deal and the struggles that came with it. So keep your ears open because we’re delivering cautionary tales and triumphs in this episode.
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    • 26 min
    The Chain

    The Chain

    The gold chain has been a statement piece in music for decades, from the disco era to the days of funk and soul. When artists like Run DMC and Kurtis Blow started flaunting chains on their album covers, it symbolized a certain status and bravado that shifted fashion forever. In this episode, Caz sits down with the godfather of West Coast hip-hop Lonzo Williams and jeweler Avi Malidani with returning guest Dr. Ebony Utley to talk about the importance and evolution of the chain in hip-hop fashion. Plus, breakers Rokafella and Kwikstep tell Caz about their firsthand experience seeing fashion’s impact on the culture, from the function of a zip-up hoodie on the street side cardboard to the flash and style of Adidas tracksuits in a b-boy pose. Rock your flyest outfit because we’re stuntin’ for the culture in this episode.
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    • 35 min
    Coast to Coast And Around The World

    Coast to Coast And Around The World

    Hip-Hop began in the Bronx but quickly spread across the country and the world. In this episode, Davey D and Jeff Chang are back to talk about the spread of hip-hop from the east coast to the west coast, and all the places in between. Plus, Busy Bee rejoins Caz to recount their journey from the Bronx to Japan and how they brought the foundations of hip-hop around the world. Grab your ticket because hip-hop is going global on this track.
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    • 33 min
    Hip-Hop As Social Justice

    Hip-Hop As Social Justice

    Just as Motown influenced the Civil Rights Movement, hip-hop has been a tool for resistance against the ruling class in The Bronx and worldwide. In this episode, Dr. Ebony Utley and Author Jeff Chang return to talk about how hip-hop and social justice coincide in our communities and the strides they have yet to make. From Black Power to Black Lives Matter, they break down how hip-hop can create economic equality and be an agent for change, while Caz and MC Sha Rock tell us how hip-hop pushed against the status quo with something so organic as a party.
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    • 25 min
    The High

    The High

    Mind-altering substances have always had an influence on popular culture and music, but for hip-hop it wasn’t just in the music. In the late ‘70s and ‘80s drugs were in communities and homes all around the city. As the epidemic tore through the Bronx, hip-hop was an escape and way for people to tell their stories. In this episode Caz invites scholar and author Jeff Chang to talk about the role drugs have played in hip-hop music and culture in the Bronx, walking us through the evolution of substance use and hip-hop through time. Legendary MC Busy Bee and Sha Rock return to talk about their personal experiences and how they rose above and beyond the strife with hip-hop at their side.
    If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or a mental health disorder, call the SAMHSA National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/ for free, confidential treatment referral and information, 24/7

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    • 25 min
    Hip-Hop As Therapy

    Hip-Hop As Therapy

    Hip-hop has been called many things: a culture, a religion, and a way of life. For the people of the Bronx in the ‘70s, hip-hop was a place to belong and a place of refuge from the chaos. In this episode, Caz talks with experts Dr. Jaleel K. Abdul-Adil and Dr. Ebony Utley about the ways hip-hop transforms, heals, and expands on conventional forms of self-care. He also sits down with artists Busy Bee and Grand Wizzard Theodore to share what hip-hop meant to them when the going got tough. Community organizer and educator Melissa Libran also joins to explore how hip-hop educates and builds positive futures for the next generation. Tune in and bring a notebook because you’ll want to write all of this down. 
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    • 27 min

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4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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