Hip-Hop Week on Fresh Air
Everyone's favorite interviewer (well, maybe not everyone's -- Gene Simmons couldn't seem to get along with her, but I rather think he's the exception to the rule), Terry Gross, has delved into her impressive backlog of interviews with Hip-Hop's greatest and put together a really fun and fascinating slate of programs for this week. Yesterday covered the form's roots in the Bronx, featuring interviews with DJ Kool Herc, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Flash. Today keeps things on the East Coast with Russell Simmons, Darrell McDaniels of Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy's Chuck D. Tomorrow Terry ventures to the West Coast with interviews from Ice-T and Ice Cube. I can't wait to see what Thursday & Friday bring.
If hearing these interviews whets your appetite for more Hip-Hop history, I highly recommend reading Hip Hop America, by Nelson George and Yes Yes Y'all, by Jim Fricke.