BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates 40 years of hip-hop

Starting this Friday, BBC 6 Music will be celebrating 40 years of hip-hop with a selection of programming that centres around Huey Morgan’s Sunday show on August 25th which will feature contributions from the creator himself, Kool Herc. Further insights are provided by Pete Rock, KRS-One, Ice-T, Mr Thing, Goldie, and Homeboy Sandman amongst others.

You can find details on the 6 Music’s dedicated broadcasts and watch interviews with Ice-T and Homeboy Sandman for Bonafide TV below.


Friday 23rd August, 22.00-00.00

Having introduced UK audiences to Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Afrika Bambaataa though his early hip-hop events and famously introducing Public Enemy on stage at their landmark Def Jam Tour in 1987, Dave Pearce goes back to celebrate some of the big records which soundtracked his early radio shows.

Saturday 24th August, 7.00 – 10.00

Mary Anne celebrates with the man who created the genre, DJ Kool Herc, who’ll be doing her Three Minute Epiphany, ahead of his appearance on Huey Morgan’s show on Sunday. Also, Mary Anne will confer with her listeners to select and spin some of the most seminal records from 40 years of the genre, and dig in the BBC vaults for some legendary hip-hop live session tracks.

Sunday 25th August, 7.00 – 10.00

Expect some of the biggest tracks from rap history, and some classic BBC live sessions from seminal hip-hop artists.

Sunday 25th August, 13.00-16.00

Huey will play the records that made hip-hop possible, from James Brown to the Incredible Bongo Band, Jimmy Castor Bunch to Babe Ruth and The Last Poets to Gil Scott Heron. He’ll also dedicate 30 minutes to each of the four pillars of hip-hop – the distinct elements laid down in the Bronx by Afrika Bambaataa who declared MCing, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti as the foundations of the entire genre.

Rapper Ice-T talks to Huey about the art of MCing, Mr Thing puts together a special scratch mix, Mr Freeze of The Rocksteady Crew tells Huey what makes a B-Boy and the one and only Goldie tells Huey how Graffiti writing changed his life.

Wednesday 28th August, 21.00-00.00

Tonight Gideon raids the BBC vaults for a concert by New York hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys.

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