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Hip Hop: The Music Centre

Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 14 April 1983

Ever wondered where Wham! and Malcolm McLaren got their ideas from? Or how rapping and scratching actually started? The answers lie in the Bronx — a borough of New York City — and in its club music, street art and dancing. They call this mixture "Hip Hop" and it's been gradually working its way into British pop. Dave Rimmer heard it was hip and hopped over there to find out just exactly what was going on. And where. And why.

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