The oldest hip-hop recording ever? Grandmaster Flash + the 4 MCs, live at the Audubon Ballroom, Harlem, 1978

On November 7, 2011 by Will Hermes

This very lo-fi recording is the fullest picture of what early hip-hop jams were like. Rap still didn’t exist on record, though it would in a matter of months.

It’s a replay of a party I write about in the book. Amazing to think it took place in the same room where Malcolm X was shot 13 years earlier.

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