To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
He's been called the "Godfather of hip-hop."
He rose from selling drugs on the streets to running a Fortune 500
company. He founded Def Jam Records and produced acts like Run DMC,
Public Enemy, and LL Cool J. Next time on To the Best of Our
Knowledge, Russell Simmons and hip-hop. Also, the death of the
Civil Rights Movement and the rise of hip-hop culture.
Listeners are invited to listen
to a hip hop sampler.
Click here to take our TTBOOK
Hip Hop Poll.
Is hip hop strictly for the under-30 crowd? Todd
Boyd tells Anne Strainchamps it's a message of empowerment
for Black Americans. He teaches Critical Studies at USC and is
the author of "The New H.N.I.C. - the Death of Civil Rights
and the Reign of Hip Hop."
Who makes hip hop happen? Veronica Rueckert,
a producer on the TTBOOK staff and a classically trained
musician, wanted to find out. She took a crash course from
DJ Puzzle (Jason Donnelly) and talked to Stephen
Weber. He teaches music production at the Berklee College
of Music and he's the author of "Turntable Technique: the
Art of the DJ." Also, Tupac Shakur, the rapper who's called
a great poet, political leader and prophet, and whose albums still
top the carts years after his death. Craig Werner, Afro-American
Studies professor at the UW-Madison, tells Jim Fleming why Shakur
is revered today. Werner's the author of "A Change is Gonna
Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America."
Russell Simmons has been called the godfather
of hip hop. He's the founder of Def Jam Records and has produced
acts like Run DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. "Russell
Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" was recently nominated
for a Tony. He tells Steve Paulson he got his start selling street
drugs as a teenager.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-05-25-A.
- Russell Simmons, "Life and Def: Sex,
Drugs, Money, and God (Three Rivers Press)
- Todd Boyd, The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of
Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (NYU)
- Craig Werner, A Change is Gonna Come: Music,
Race and the Soul of America (Plume Press)
- KRS-ONE "Strickly for Da Breakdancers &
Jay-Z "The Blueprint" Roc-A-Fella Records.
Snoop Doggy Dogg. "Doggystyle." Death Row Records.
DJ Puzzle (various music/scratching and turntabling).
Cut Chemist v. Short Cut "Chuck D. Counts Down to
Curtis Blow "Christmas Rap." Def Jam Records.
Run DMC "Its Tricky." Def Jam Records.
50 Cent "In Da Club." Shady Records.
Tupac Shakur. "2 Pac: Greatest Hits." Death Row Records.
for DJ Puzzle:
Good link of hip hop information and politics:
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