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Old school hip hop is the very first hip hop music to come out of the block parties of New York City in the 1970s and early 1980s. The old school era ended and the golden age began with the popularity of Run-DMC's 1986 album, Raising Hell. In modern usage, the term is often used to refer to hip hop from the early 1990s by numerous radio stations and television channels, including BET.



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The first recordings of old school hip hop were the Fatback Band's "King Tim III" and The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight". While "King Tim III" is widely regarded as the first recorded hip hop song, it was the Sugarhill Gang that won hip hop its first mainstream popularity.

Old school hip hop would often sample disco, soul, and funk tracks. In the case of the Sugarhill Gang, a live band was used for samples. However, the old school sound soon became based largely on drum machines and popular "break" samples.

In contrast with the later rhymes of new school hip hop, old school rap was relatively simple in its rhythms and cadences.

Old school rap was often focused on good times, parties and friendship. An exception was "The Message", a rap song written by Melle Mel for his hip hop group, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. The popularity of "The Message" led the "message rap" to gain a place in the hip hop canon.


  • "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force (1982); the old school electro hop track used portions from Kraftwerk, Captain Skyy and Ennio Morricone.
  • "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982); This old school hip hop song gained popularity for "message raps."


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