“I was in seventh grade, and Billy Morris — who was in the eighth grade — walked into the schoolyard with a flat Panasonic tape recorder that all the kids would use [back when] there were no boomboxes,” DMC, 59, told The Post.
“And he said, ‘Yo, come listen to this!’ He pushed play, I heard a beat … and it was about, like, a minute and 30 seconds of this guy rapping over this little drum beat. We didn’t know what it was, but whatever that was — for me, it was my DNA.”
Hearing the sound of this groundbreaking ’70s New York DJ Eddie Cheeba over that defeat rocked world that is DMC’s The Hollis, Queens, native would go on to become part of rap’s first superstar act in Run-DMC, who will headline Hip Hop 50 Live — a star-studded extravaganza celebrating the golden anniversary of the music and the culture — at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
Taking it back to The Bronx — where hip-hop was born at a party where DJ Kool Herc introduced the “breakbeat” for MCs to rap over on Aug. 11, 1973 — it’s a who’s who featuring everyone from OG groundbreakers (Slick Rick, the Sugarhill Gang) and ’90s icons (Nas, Ice Cube) to 21st-century titans (Lil Wayne, T.I.) and, of course, the queens of hip-hop (Eve, Lil Kim, Remy Ma and Trina).
(Left to right) RZA, U-God, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Masta Killa, GZA and Method Man of the American rap group Wu-Tang are set to perform at Hip Hop 50 celebration at Yankee Stadium (without Ol’ Dirty Bastard who passed in 2004).Getty Images
“It’s history,” said Ghostface Killah, a member of the legendary Staten Island squad Wu-Tang Clan, who will perform solo. “You got a lotta greats on that shit, from old to new. You could take this flyer and just save that shit for another 50 years.”
Queens-born Marley Marl — an influential DJ and producer behind the beats for the likes of Roxanne Shante, LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane — was already spinning in clubs when he discovered hip-hop around 1980.
“I would start hearing these tapes coming from Harlem, from the jam in the park in The Bronx,” said Marley, who will play a special DJ set at the Yankee Stadium concert. “I went and got a crew together. I got seven MCs in Queensbridge. Now I’m playing the breakbeats for the rappers.”
“My music will intoxicate you,” says Marley Marl (pictured far right with Kool Herc and LL Cool J).WireImage
With Grandmaster Flash tapes circulating through Queens, DMC’s older brother Alford encouraged him to get with the hip-hop that is burgeoning.
“He made me sell all my comic books to get two turntables and a microphone,” he mentioned. “I started DJing in my basement first. I was Grandmaster Get High because you didn’t need reefer or alcohol to get intoxicated because I was like, ‘My music will intoxicate you.’ ”
DMC will have another moment that is life-changing eighth grade, when his friend Joseph Simmons came over to play basketball and ended up discovering his DJ setup.
“He goes, ‘Oh, my brother is Russell Rush,’ ” he said of Russell Simmons, co-founder of the New that is iconic York tag Def Jam reports. “He manages Kurtis Blow, he manages Whodini. And I go by the name of DJ Run.”
And the remainder is actually history that is hip-hop
(Left to right) Big Daddy Kane, DJ Marley Marl, Biz Markie and Kool G. are thought four pioneers of rap.FilmMagic
But after Run-DMC — which had been curved around by their particular later part of the DJ Jam Master Jay — struck it large using their 1984 self-titled introduction, 1985’s “King of Rock” and particularly 1986’s “Raising Hell,” they however wished to hold hip-hop genuine to the area sources in the roadways of the latest York.
“When Run-DMC had the opportunity to open the doors, we left them open for LL to follow, Public Enemy to follow, EPMD, Eric B. & Rakim,” he mentioned. “We saw it as something greater than us.”
And half a century after it actually was produced for the Southern Bronx, hip-hop moved from rocking the block to governing the whole world.
“Everybody was like, ‘Rap’s a fad. It’s gonna die like disco. You guys are gonna fade out like the hula hoop,’ ” recalled DMC, that will launch the unicamente unmarried “Kingdom Come” on Aug. 18.
“We had a responsibility to the true pioneers who created this culture, before recorded rap, to make sure that this thing lasts forever.”