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The term “Hip-Hop” first appeared in print on September 21st, 1982

The term “” first appeared in print on September 21st, 1982 in a profile of Afrika Bambaataa written by Steven Hager in The Village Voice. Inspired by  and Kool DJ Dee, began hosting hip-hop parties in 1976 and was the founder of The Universal Zulu Nation. Steven Hager’s Village Voice piece was titled “Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip-Hop.” Steven Hager also published the first comprehensive history of Hip-Hop culture with St. Martin’s Press.

“Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip-Hop” has been added Cornell University Library and you can read it here.

Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip-Hop 1982
Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip-Hop
Afrika Bambaataa’s Hip-Hop article 1982

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LL Cool J's mom used her tax refund money to fund his Demo

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