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Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force

A seminal Bronx DJ during the 1970s, Afrika Bambaataa ascended to godfather status with Planet Rock, the 1982 hip-hop classic which blended the beats of hip-hop with techno-pop futurism inspired by German pioneers Kraftwerk. Even before he began recording in 1980, Bambaataa was hip-hop's foremost DJ, an organizer and promoter of the large block parties during the mid- to late '70s which presaged the rise of rap. After the success of Planet Rock, he recorded electro-oriented rap only sparingly, concentrating instead on fusion -- exemplified by his singles with ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon and fellow godfather James Brown. Bambaataa had moved to the background by the late '80s (as far as hip-hop was concerned), but the rise of his Zulu Nation collective -- including De La Soul, Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, and the Jungle Brothers -- found him once more being tipped as one of rap's founding fathers.

Born in the Bronx on April 17, 1957, Afrika Bambaataa Aasim took his name from a 19th century Zulu chief. Beginning in 1977, Bambaataa began organizing block parties and breakdancing competitions around the Bronx. His excellent turntable techniques and knowledge of music led many to proclaim him the best DJ in the business (though Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc were more innovative), and his record debut -- as a producer -- came in 1980 with Soul Sonic Force's "Zulu Nation Throwdown." The single was a rallying cry for the Zulu Nation, a group of like-minded Afrocentric musicians that only gained fame in the late '80s but had been influencing the rise of hip-hop crews since the late '70s.

Aside from more production credits on several later singles during 1980-1981, Afrika Bambaataa didn't become an actual recording artist until 1982. He signed with Tommy Boy records and released his first single, "Jazzy Sensation," early that year. "Planet Rock" followed in June and quickly exploded. Recorded with the help of producer/dancefloor authority Arthur Baker and assimilating the melody of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express," the single hit number four on the R&B charts (but missed the pop Top 40) and joined the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" as one of the early classics of hip-hop. (Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" followed just three months later.) In the single's wake came dozens of electro groups and recordings, though none touched the quality of "Planet Rock" -- except, perhaps, Bambaataa's own follow-up, "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Out of those electro groups came several predominant dance styles of the 1980s and '90s: Detroit techno, Miami bass, and, to a more limited extent, Chicago house.

Freed somewhat by his new-found popularity, Afrika Bambaataa began branching out in 1984, recording "Unity" with help from James Brown and "World Destruction" with John Lydon (as Time Zone). That same year, Bambaataa delivered an album debut of sorts, Shango Funk Theology, recorded as Shango with Material personnel Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn. A virtually LP-length single titled "Funk You!" appeared in 1985, after which Bambaataa recorded his proper album debut, Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere). He left Tommy Boy in 1986 after an album compilation of "Planet Rock" mixes, and signed with Capitol. The first album release for the label was 1988's The Light, recorded as Afrika Bambaataa & the Family, which included contributions from George Clinton, UB40, Bootsy Collins, and Boy George. Three years later, Bambaataa's third album, 1990-2000: Decade of Darkness, was released on Capitol, coinciding with his career retrospective Time Zone, released on his own Planet Rock Records. Bambaataa recorded erratically during the '90s, but returned to the mainstream in 1997 with Zulu Groove. The new millennium brought the release of Hydraulic Funk on Strictly Hype, and Electro Funk Breakdown followed in early 2001. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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nickone432
8th grade style.. worD
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This was the cut that got the basement parties going. If u were throw on a party and someone walked past and heard "PLANET ROCK" it made cats say lets go to the party. Yes, yes, and more yes. Birth of hip hop and this song was there and I was too. Good times and memories. Would change it for nothing ......... Hip hop and real rap. Don't stop.!!!!!
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⚡️♦️⚡️♦️✨♦️⚡
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Thats my s**t kicking it Old $chool
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Love the music bring it back in Brooklyn East N.Y.in 80 90
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Love the song, disheartenin g it was created by a pedophile.
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A tru hip-hop Classic.
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Ive been in another planeta for the last 35yrs just got the space vessal down to earth,it was a pretty high up there . know w i mean,chilly been
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THE PERFECT -BEAT FOR OUR YOUTH TODAY.....cl a i m i n g they are shut-out!!!! ! o f partying with the "crowd""crew " - o f 18-35Yrs of age group....... . . . .
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sherenity4li f e
Line danceskating & cracking the line to fall into a break dance on ice! Its miraculous that most of us managed to take our skates off & walk out of the rink! A lot of great talent & extreme fun was shared!
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OH' YEAH. But do you recall the break'n challenges? We used to have about four or five cars park in a circle at night with their lights on and just BRING IT ON!!! LOL .LOVE MY DAUGHTERS PICKS. love dad. Always.
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rosalvavelas c o 6 5
I remember this song, love it!!!!!!! Remember roller skating to it, in San Diego, CA!!!!!!!
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Planet Rock ...
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Omg .. The real deal !! The soul sonic force ....
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I remember Jamming to this it's like it was yesterday
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bruins20011
I heard he touched teenage boys
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Woooooww this is another old school cut use to tare that rug up in the Club still sound's good today Go Pandora Go
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New Wave Future Hop Hop
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this is joe stud love the beat
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Old school hip-hop
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I GOTTA GET MINE'S,IT'S WORTH IT ROUND UP!!!HEY I USE 2STAY ON AH BIKE N VICE CITY (GRIND THRIFT AUTO) BUMPING DA PERFECT BEAT!!!!!BIG UP BIG BRO N DEM!!!!!!!!!
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estevescitol e s
I culd remember back in the L.E.S, an 1980. . If i hade,a wish it will be to go back to the 80 house jam school jam an must but or smokeing my blunt I'm drinking my Olde English 800 by 40 with some Hawaiian Punch love u Afrika Bambaataa and I would always continue hearing your music to the day I die I am 48 years old and right now I am enjoying every bit of it dancing my a*******
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Respect, Zulu Chief! Grandmasters !
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S**t makes you want to get up on the dance floor freaking incredible
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Wish dose old good days come back... best time ever❤��
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ramosjose76
Used to steal fridge boxes to break dance on.....
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Bout to break out
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My favorite song, love it!!!!
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I miss these days when this was the bomb in the clubs never stopped dancing, wish to go back! !
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Love it back in Brooklyn's East N Y was the best year 80 90
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Yes, real hip hop. This was a basement cut. If you heard this - "Planet Rock" we all hit the floor. Thanks Bronx....... . . . New York cats did it !!!!!!!
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get the cardboard out club goes nuts watch out
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Respect
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161st
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Takes me back with my home boys love it
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To all my B Boys and ladies...
This touch the soul and heart of the beginning of breaking!!
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This track (minus raps) was created almost entirely by Arthur Baker, including the Kraftwerk sampling.
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Love jam in Brooklyn East N Y was the best year bring it back 80 90
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Afrika's jams never get old in the 352 here in Central Florida Hey! Been digging this music for a long time! Used to MC for this back in the eighties! Skinny B I'm out much love!
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I'm Deaf Black Woman

Yes I has ever heard music .
I don't hear Who is this .
I were 22 year old went there Zanzibar Club in Newark New Jersey past somethings year of 2001 or 2002 ever heard .
I love it music
Was three dance with me , I 'm cool dance bad. I'm Bad dance still do dance my iwn style own do dance .I'm still older 55 even still dance style ..
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This is the jam from back in the days! Never gets old!!! Gotta freak to this.
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thank you my afro bro.Miss u
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Bring that old school back!
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tdudl
Go Tenn. Titans! Don't Stop!
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I don't know if anyone who controls the music reads this but I accidentally hit down for Kraftwerk I was hitting thumbs up and did it by accident or Kraftwerk more Kraftwerk more Kraftwerk more Kraftwerk Kraftwerk!!! ! Skinny B says this please don't take it away from me cuz if I don't hear it I won't be able to see thank you I'm out much love
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Awesome! Plain and simple. Way ahead of their time. Tons of current groups sound just like them. Hurray for the 80's.
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Summer jam everyday the whole neighborhood ! ! !
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This music so kept me outta prison as kid.........
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Cookout O YEA!!!!!
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