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1971










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1979















Marvin Gaye releases his socially conscious masterpiece What’s Goin’ On, which includes three No one R&B hits: “What’s Goin’ On,” “Mercy Mercy Me” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler).”








Kool Herc Djs his first block party, and is the first to use two copies of the same record on two turntables to extend instrumental breaks.









First sound system competitions between rival DJs, reminiscent of jazz cutting contests, are held in city parks around the Bronx. Sound equipment is powered by hot-wired street lamps.









Chic’s “Good Times” hits No one, and within months will be sampled for the first Top 40 rap hit, “Rapper’s Delight.”

Sugarhill Gang releases “Rapper’s Delight;” the Fatback Band releases “King Tim III (Personality Jock)”- arguments persist about which one is actually the first hip-hop release.