Global Spread of Hip-Hop Music in the 1980s

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What technology was heavily used in many 1980s hip-hop songs?

Oberheim DMX and Roland 808 drum machines

Which artist's track from 1981 consisted entirely of sampled tracks?

Grandmaster Flash

Which country saw the practice of b-boying in the early part of the 1980s before starting to rap later in the decade?

South Africa

Who was the first DJ to introduce electro hip-hop to UK club audiences?

Greg Wilson

What was characteristic of the new school of hip-hop music that originated in 1983-1984?

Drum machines and aggressive style

Which French TV presenter became known for showcasing hip-hop on TF1 in 1984?


Which artists revolutionized hip-hop by transforming it into a more mature art form with sophisticated arrangements?

Melle Mel, Rakim, Chuck D, KRS-One and Warp 9

Study Notes

  • In the 1980s, hip-hop diversified with the development of more complex styles, as seen in tracks like Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" and Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" which fused hip-hop with electro.
  • The 808 kick drum, commonly used by hip-hop producers, was a key characteristic of 1980s songs due to heavy usage of drum machines like the Oberheim DMX and Roland 808 models.
  • Sampling technology advanced over time, with producers like Marley Marl using drum machines to construct beats from small excerpts of other beats, and later samplers like the E-mu SP-1200 offering more memory and flexibility for creative production.
  • The lyrical content of hip-hop evolved into more metaphorical lyrics over complex instrumentals by artists like Melle Mel, Rakim, and KRS-One, transforming hip-hop into a more mature art form with sophisticated arrangements.
  • The 1980s saw hip-hop spread internationally, with its influence reaching countries like the UK, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and France, where it became a part of mainstream music scenes.

Discover how hip-hop music transcended borders and became popular in numerous countries during the 1980s. Learn about the key figures and events that contributed to its international expansion.

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