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February 9, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Rap music fans thrive on change, so don't expect to hear any rap oldies on rap strongholds like KDAY-AM (1580) in Los Angeles, much less on pop stations that resist even the new rap releases. How, then, can a newcomer to rap get an historical overview of the invigorating street sound? "Hip Hop Heritage, Volume 1" is a starting place.
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January 13, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once, before congressional hearings, newspaper headlines and the word gangsta overwhelmed it, rap music was a world in which Puma tennis shoes with colorful fat shoelaces, sweat suits, breakdancing battles in the street and boom boxes were more important than posing with guns and drinking malt liquor. It was fun.
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January 13, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once, before congressional hearings, newspaper headlines and the word gangsta overwhelmed it, rap music was a world in which Puma tennis shoes with colorful fat shoelaces, sweat suits, breakdancing battles in the street and boom boxes were more important than posing with guns and drinking malt liquor. It was fun.
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February 9, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Rap music fans thrive on change, so don't expect to hear any rap oldies on rap strongholds like KDAY-AM (1580) in Los Angeles, much less on pop stations that resist even the new rap releases. How, then, can a newcomer to rap get an historical overview of the invigorating street sound? "Hip Hop Heritage, Volume 1" is a starting place.
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October 4, 1992 | DON SNOWDEN, Don Snowden is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Matt Robinson went to New York in 1982 to attend college, but he may have had his most educational experience on a Brooklyn street corner. "When I would visit friends in Brooklyn, I'd see one guy on the corner of Flatbush and Hawthorne with his (boom) box playing whoever was the cool hip-hop thing," said Robinson, 30, now an independent record producer who founded the underground dance club Funky Reggae when he returned to L.A. in 1986.
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November 11, 2002 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Hey there's a concept that works / 20 million other white rappers emerge / But no matter how many fish in the sea / It'd be so empty without me -- from "Without Me," by Eminem Rapper Eminem's lyrics exaggerate the number, but the best-selling solo rap artist in history crisply captures the music industry's quest to copy his cross-racial success. Record labels have spent a small fortune signing about half a dozen white rappers with names such as Tow Down, Genovese and Hot Karl.
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March 17, 1991 | CHRIS WILLMAN, Chris Willman writes about pop music, television and movies for The Times
Hammer seems distracted. He's conducting an interview and market research simultaneously. On the far wall of his office, situated in an unassuming business park near the Oakland airport, there is a mammoth TV, an eternal flame with which a visiting succession of moths must vie for his complete attention. His gaze alternates between you and the silent big-screen behemoth over your shoulder. At first it's a little disconcerting.
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