15 Hip Hop Early Pioneers

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa Smithsonian’s National Museum Of American History’s Hip Hop Initiative

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Afrika Bambaataa is a pioneer notable for releasing a series of genre defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture, including being one of the originators of breakbeats and DJing.

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