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Looting in New York's 1977 blackout was 'the boom of DJ Culture'

Looting in New York's 1977 blackout was 'the boom of DJ Culture'

In an incredible and frank account of the formation of hip-hop by Grandmaster Caz, he revealed some stories that are quite incredible.

He described how the looting of hi-fi stores during the 1977 New York City blackout propelled D.J. culture. ("It was like Christmas for black people" he said. "The next day there were a thousand new D.J.'s.")

Art birthed from desperation: wonderful. He continued to describe how that has changed.

"The rappers today who can drive around in Bentleys, with their jewelry and million-dollar homes," Caz told the tour group. "They're able to live like that because cats like me and Bambaataa" — the famous rapper and D.J. Afrika Bambaataa — "were in the trenches back in the day, laying the groundwork and getting chased off the block by the police."

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