“Revolutions on Air”: RBMA Explores Hip-Hop’s First Radio Pioneers in New Mini-Documentary


For all the dual-sided praise and flack hip-hop receives in modern times, it’s easy to forget about it’s humble beginnings in New York basements and street corners. It’s hard to even imagine radio without hip-hop and vice versa, but pre-1990, hearing hip-hop on major airwaves was a rarity. In an exquisite mini-documentary, Red Bull Music Academy hones in on its music history prowess and presents, “Revolutions on Air: The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980-1988” where it takes an in-depth, first-person exploration of the first pioneers to cut tape, splice loops, mix, blend and project this new wave of music dubbed hip-hop. Icons and legends are sprinkled throughout the 17-minute documentary, from the likes of Kool DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, Tony Humphries, Ted Currier, Tony Moran of Latin Rascals and a whole slew of others providing an tasteful insider scope of hip-hop’s fruition and breakthrough onto the radio. Hit the jump to catch the full documentary.

Nina Tabios

Nina Smoove aka Champagne Ninang. Certified hooligan. $F Bay Area born and bred.

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