'85-'95 generally regarded as the Golden Age. I think '87 and '88 were some of the most exciting. People were just starting to work out what you could do with an 808 and a sampler (mate got an Ensoniq in '88). Then you had the whole off-beat rhyme flow.
Plenty of stuff about The Sugarhill Gang online. Not what they seemed. Find Old School Flyers on Twitter if you want to see the originators.
Never a fan of the LA stuff back then. Same as I was never a huge fan later in the NWA era. NY, Philly and NJ were more my stuff mid to late 80s. Then there was Rawkus Records and all the Lyricist Lounge stuff. The rise of the South was huge and pushed it in whole new directions.
I could bore you for hours with tales of the 36 or so years I've listened to it. Mate's writing on the sides of trains, spinning on heads, cutting up on Technics. I might even post our first demo from '87 if you're lucky....
Fact is hip hop is no different to any other genre. There's good and bad. Me Rap as it's currently a low point but people like Marlon Craft, Dave East, Smoke DZA etc are still producing quality stuff.
It can be a marmite thing. But it's impact has been huge. It's language has permeated everyday speech, it's style is everywhere and it's musical influence is massive.
She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey, but I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki...