In Hip Hop History Today “Afrika Bambaataa released Planet Rock The Album” December 1, 1986

Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song “Planet Rock” was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings. The single’s liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” and “Trans-Europe Express” were interpolated, along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone. It was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and went on to become the first gold-certified vinyl 12-inch single. Listen to Planet Rock: The Album above.

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