Roots of Hip Hop Traced to a ‘Cosby Show’ Episode


Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson), having just released his autobiography “Mo’ Meta Blues”, was recently interviewed on the Colbert Report and traced the origins of Hip Hop music to a Cosby Show Episode.

In the episode the kids were involved in a car accident with Stevie Wonder and he invites them to his studio to make amends.  He introduces him, and the world it turns out, to his sampler – the ‘Sinclavia’.  From that moment on, the idea of sampling and creating beats out of sampled sounds bore the genre of music we now know as Hip Hop.

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