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From everything I’ve been reading the past few days (heavy on the Spin magazine archives with dabbles elsewhere), it feels that a whole lot radiates back to two 1982 tracks: Grandmaster Flash’s The Message, and Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock.  Though the music is pretty different – Planet Rock has a pop/dance/disco vibe, while The Message is a much starker rap - both have hearts clearly in social righteousness and self-empowerment.  Both are Bronx-based groups.

I'm going back a ways to set the stage, but remember - this is the defy authority and get things done your own way music that Thomas and Rosemary would have grown up with.         

and NB: this is the beginning of music videos, and these two contain some great New York footage.

The Message:

Planet Rock:


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