Million Dollar Mano
Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of break-beat deejaying, and one of the architects of Hip Hop Culture. In fact, he is credited for coining the phrase “Hip-Hop.” With his early use of drum machines and computer sounds, Bam (as he is affectionately known) was instrumental in changing the way R&B and other forms of black music were recorded. His creation of electrofunk, beginning with his piece “Planet Rock,” helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as freestyle or Latin freestyle, Miami bass, house, hip house, electronic and early techno. He was the first to use a synthesizer on a Hip Hop record, ultimately creating the electro funk sound. Bam is responsible for initiating many careers in the music industry, and his early association with Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records helped propel the label to its success. At a time when DJs, hip hop or otherwise, were recognized for the distinctive records they played, Bam was called the “Master of Records,” and was acclaimed for the wide variety of music and break records he presented to the hip-hop crowd, which included go-go, soca, reggae, and African music and collaborations with diverse artists such as Kraftwerk. Bam is also recognized as a humanitarian, who has applied elements of Afrocentric, spiritual, and health-conscious teachings to his philosophy and to activism in the South Bronx. He is also a historian on hip-hop roots, who traces the culture back to the times of the African griots. During the 90s and now into the new millennium Bam continues to be an activist and force for positive change in the South Bronx, continues to tour the globe as a deejay, and has been busy collaborating with various artists and gathering accolades. Bam was the first person to be presented with the Billboard Founders of Hip Hop Award in 2005. In 2006, he was honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. and elected into the Bronx Walk of Fame. In October 2006, Bam was honored at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, and in January 2007 was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2006 Bam collaborated with The Bronx Museum's Teen Council on a DVD interview discussing his life and work.
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