Street-corner rap battles. Freestyling at underground house par- ties. Lyrical illumination of the hardships of the oppressed. These vignettes of early American hip-hop have crossed the border to set up shop all over the world.
Welcome to Frank Fridays, where every time out we let a professional let you know what you should be listening to this weekend and beyond. This week's picks are from Magic City Resident DJ Outta Space.
In 1982, Futura 2000 teamed with members of the Clash and Fab 5 Freddy for the song “The Escapades of Futura 2000.” In the rudimentary track that stretches to nearly-ten minutes, Futura raps about graffiti culture in New York, calling out luminaries and institutions like Dondi White, Zephyr, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Rust-oleum and the Fun Gallery.