Episode 5 – End of 1st Generation Of Hip Hop

Question: When did the 1st Generation or era of Hip Hop end?

Kool Moe Dee VS. Busy Bee

Kool Moe Dee VS. Busy Bee

Chief Rocker Busy Bee

Chief Rocker Busy Bee

We first have to start at the 1st Generation Generation of Hip Hop. This is the era that started Hip Hop and everyone from this era needs to be respected at all times. This is the era when the DJs were the main attraction and MCs brought light to how good the DJs were. Eventually one MC started to shine above everyone else and that was Chief Rocker Busy Bee who was MC to Grand Wizzard Theodore, inventor of scratching. For the record, I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting the Busy Bee and Grand Wizzard Theodore and they are both great people and represent Hip Hop to the fullest. Busy Bee could electrify a crowd with his with skills and wit and had no problem calling out peoples names. This meant he could also battle which was a requirement of being a world class MC. Since Busy Bee was an old school, scratch that, Original School MC, a lot of his rhymes were delivered in an extremely nonsensical style somewhat like Das EFX did when they first came out with out the “-iggedy” that Das EFX is known for. His style of battling also included a lot of crowd interaction like asking the crowd to say “Ho!” and getting a response from them. However in 1981 in a famous battle in New York someone said he could not beat Kool Moe Dee. Kool Moe Dee was not really a party rapper like Busy Bee. He was more of a straight forward lyricist but a very talented lyricist none-the-less. There was a list that all of the MCs who wanted to enter the contest had to write their names. Kool Moe Dee wasn’t really going to battle especially since he was the host of the event but changed his mind after not being acknowledged by Busy Bee.

Kool Moe Dee

Kool Moe Dee

After Busy Bee’s performance he went to the downstairs area of the venue, confident that no one would outdo him. To be honest Busy Bee supposedly put on a “Hell Of A Show,” very much worthy of winning the competition but “It Ain’t Over Until The Fat Lady Sings!” Kool Moe Dee got on stage and totally rocked the crowd and dissed Busy Bee in The process of his performance. In fairness to Busy Bee, we have to mention that he was not there to defend himself and didn’t even know what was going on. Someone had to go downstairs and let him know he was (to put it kindly) being roasted by Kool Moe Dee. Kool Moe Dee won the contest and in the process of his rhyming ended the 1st Generation of Hip Hop and the old school nonsensical rhyming style which is epitomized by the lyrics of Wonder Mikes opening lines of Rappers Delight that go…

Wonder Mike:
I said a hip hop the hippie to the hippie
to the hip hip hop, a you don’t stop
the rock it to the bang bang the boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat

To summarize, before Old School MCing… I mean Original School style MCing was still popular in Hip Hop but after the Kool Moe Dee / Busy Bee battle the Original School style of MCing ended and the next generation of MCing could take place in Hop Hip which is probably the start of more of an MC oriented Hip Hop as opposed to a DJ oriented Hip Hop. That is how Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee “Changed The Game!!!!”

If you have any discrepancies to what you just heard, comments on what you just heard or have new ideas on who or what changed hip hop and I will challenge your ideas too then send an email to patrick@patrickscientific.com

Until next time peace

Busy and Kool decades later...

Busy and Kool decades later...

Audio Verison as done originally on Strictly Hip Hop on WEAA 88.9 FM below.

Notes:
Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee are friends today and have been friends for a long time. In Hip Hop the battle and beefs were left of the stage. You never sat down and had dinner with the person you were going to battle but you weren’t going to take physical action on the either after a battle.

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  • Kinny Mack

    I agree that this was a defining moment in Hip-Hop. I think it’s important that this type of history be explained to the youth, because the elementary style that some of these rappers use right now are similar to those used the “old school” artists. It’s important to know this history or it’s like to repeat like it’s doing now.

    • Anonymous

      I hear you Kinny. However you can’t blame the youth for not knowing. You can only explain to them that what they are doing was done 25 years ago… LOL! They are not even trying to be retro. If they don’t listen then you can blame them but we have to show them though. *GRIN* Thanks for the post!