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Keith Haring Was Here
Street art and street culture were elevated and expanded by Keith Haring. His graffiti-like pop art went from
subway walls to the finest galleries. His language, which spoke about death, sexuality, and war, was visual
and coded. Even more today, his impact is felt and his inspiration is active.
Credits: “Keith Haring Was Here,” reported by Charles Osgood was broadcast on “CBS Evening News,”
October 20, 1982.
Run DMC Spotlight
If you know Hip Hop and you know Adidas, you know RUN DMC. Darryl McDaniels breaks down what today
would be called organic marketing or strategic product placement. RUN DMC’s inclusion and love of Adidas
sneakers resulted in them being the first non-athletes to get an endorsement for athletic apparel. This
revolution was televised, synchronized, and embodied.
Credits: “RUN D.M.C. | Style Spotlight” Season 1, Episode 5 created and broadcast by SBTV: Fashion, August
Before he was Hip Hop pioneer and THHM Curator, Paradise Gray was the promoter of The Latin Quarter in
midtown Manhattan. This was the club of clubs, and Paradise the Arkitech was present at and pivotal for
this gathering place, this “sanctuary.” From rap battles to performances, the “Studio 54 of Hip Hop” was
more than a destination; it was, as Daddy-O calls it, “development camp” for those who wanted to be legit
artists. More than a venue, The Latin Quarter was where DJ Red Alert’s playing your record could introduce
you and anoint you. It is where KRS One began the “Stop The Violence” movement after BDP’s DJ Scott La
Rock was killed in August 1987. From here, the direct effects – peace, love, unity – were applied to
something else for people of color.
Credits: “Hip Hop Evolution,” Season 2 Episode 3, “Do the Knowledge,” directed by Darby Wheeler and
written by Rodrigo Bascunan, originally aired on NETFLIX, October 19, 2018.
De La Soul Native Tongues
Gratitude and co-creation are fundamental for every member of De La Soul, as told by Prince Paul, Posdnuos
(Plug One), Maseo (Plug Three), and DJ Red Alert. What began as a shared playbill with the Jungle Brothers
in Boston led to making “Buddy.” This led to Native Tongues, a collective that expanded the genre of Hip
Hop, inspiring artists and audiences, and facilitated success for rappers and MCs on the come up.
Credits: “De La Soul Talks Native Tongues, Linking with The Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip” created and
broadcast by Mass Appeal on YouTube, October 10, 2016. (Note this video is comprised from unused
footage filmed for Mass Appeal’s acclaimed documentary, De La Soul is Not Dead.
Monie Love, Queen Latifah, and “Ladies First” with Talib Kweli
Hip Hop’s anthems include “Ladies First,” a powerful mantra for and about women by Monie Love feat.
Queen Latifah. Ms. Love appeared on “People’s Party with Talib Kweli” to discuss this song. Talib himself
identifies the track as “the first real ownership of feminism and womanism in Hip Hop in a major way.” This
collaboration between two queens resulted in an intentionally directive (to men) and empowering (to
women) track. It’s bars and so much more.
Credits: “People’s Party with Talib Kweli,” hosted by Talib Kweli, co-hosted by Jasmin Leigh, originally
broadcast via UPROXX Video on Apple Podcasts and YouTube, August 10, 2020.
Cey Adams – Def Jam and beyond
Always humble and always prolific, Cey Adams is the epitome of Hip Hop. His 40-year career as a visionary
visual artist includes transitioning from graffiti art to graphic art, collaborating with future Hip Hop icons
before they were established, empowering young artists, and at Def Jam, creating and redefining the artists
Credits: no broadcast source was provided for this. Credits that do exist follow: Natalie Guevara
(interviewer), Joseph Amodei, Michael Marabella (camera & sound), Maggie Beniot, Maya Contreras, Sam
Peterson (producers), 2012
Note: Russell Simmons first name is spelled wrong at 00:43. “How did you meet Russel Simmons?” appears
in the scene title. Query if there’s a different video to use here. Whatever people’s opinions of Uncle Rush
are, everyone deserves to have their name spelled correctly.
KRS 1 on the founding of BDP
KRS One has always been buggin’ and illin’. He and his crew were these even when they were homeless and
living in shelter. He and the team knew where they wanted to go and how they were going to get there.
Boogie Down Productions was born of these, along with insight and commitment.
Credits: “Rap City,” BET (Black Entertainment Television) Network, Hip Hop History segment. It Includes
exclusive footage of a live performance in New York, NY, 1987.