This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
June 8th, 2012
June 8th – Orion Pictures releases hip-hop’s second film, “Beat Street”, following 1983’s “Wild Style”, on this day in 1984.
The film, directed by Stan Lathan, was co-produced by Harry Belafonte and David V. Picker.
It starred Rae Dawn Chong and Guy Davis and featured cameo appearances by hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc as well as pioneers like The Treacherous Three, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaataa And The Soul Sonic Force and Jazzy Jay.
The film also included a classic b-boy battle between The New York City Breakers and The Rock Steady Crew.