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Joseph Schloss is the author of two of the definitive scholarly works on hip-hop culture. Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop is a look inside the insular world of hip-hop producers, showing us their rules, worldview, and day-to-day lives. Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York investigates the history and practice of hip-hop dance, as seen by the b-boys and b-girls themselves.
In our wide-ranging talk, we discuss the influence of West Side Story on hip-hop; what the “b” in “b-boy” really stands for; why having rap records at all wasn’t always a sure thing; and much more.
Tracks featured in this episode:
- West Side Story, “Opening scenes”
- Hall & Oates, “I Can’t Go For That”
- De La Soul, “Say No Go”
- The Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”
- Sweet Talks, “Adam & Eve”
- George Harrison, “Awaiting On You All”
- Herbie Hancock, “Jessica”
- Hulu Dodd, “Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt II sample Herbie Hancock - Jessica”
- Mobb Deep, “Shook Ones, Pt. II”
- Diamond D, “Freestyle (Yo, That’s That Shit)”
- Idris Muhammad, “Loran’s Dance”
- The Beastie Boys, “To All The Girls”
- DJ Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show - 28 October 1993
- Incredible Bongo Band, “Apache”
- The Jimmy Castor Bunch, “It’s Just Begun”
- Babe Ruth, “The Mexican”