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Rap and Hip Hop Resources: First Wave Artists and Albums

A guide to finding resources for rap and hip hop research


Try searching for the following artists for examples of First-Wave rap*:

Afrika Bambaataa
Grandmaster Flash
DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell)
Melle Mel
Busy Bee
Grand Wizard Theodore
Fab 5 Freddy
The Sugarhill Gang
Kurtis Blow

  • As well as individual artists' albums we also have many compilation discs containing important tracks, they are also included.
  • Do a keyword search for "Sugarhill" and limit the Location to Music Library, you will get all of the albums we own on the influential Sugarhill Label.

It is impossible to list all of the artists, and it is impossible to come up with a list of the "most influential" artists, however we are providing names of some influential artists and links to recordings we hold!

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