By HipHop2020 Innovation Archive
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Below are some of the classic 12" singles and full-length albums that emerged from the Michael Webster Collection. Many are tagged with its unique BPM (beats per minute) and others cross various genres of popular music that continue to impact the sound of the culture.
The Message (1982-10-01/1982-10-01) by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
The Significance of 1982
"The Message" was released in October 1982, and hailed as classic hip hop. It is one of the most significant rap singles because it forced a shift from boastin' in the emergent rap genre to schooling on social issues in the commentary and performance of hip hip/rap.
"The Message" is tagged with his signature "W" to identify the record as his own authentic copy.
A Staple in the Crates
"Rockit", by Herbie Hancock, was a track driven by its DJ scratch style and later won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1983 and 5 MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
D'Ya Like Scratchin (1982-04-12/1982-04-12) by Malcom McLaren and the World Famous Supreme TeamHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
"All that scratchin' is makin' me itch!"
Mothership Connetion (1975-12-15/1975-12-15) by ParliamentHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
To the Land of Funk!
Mothership Connection is often rated among the best Parliament releases and became Parliament's first album to be certified gold and later platinum. In 2011, the Library of Congress added the album to the National Recording Registry as it has major cross-genre influence.
Purple Rain (1984-06-25/1984-06-25) by Prince and the RevolutionHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
A: "Man In The Mirror" (Single Mix) B: "Man In The Mirror" (Album Mix) (1988-01-09/1988-01-09) by Michael JacksonHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
The King of Pop
"Man in the Mirror" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks becoming Michael Jackson's 10th single to top the chart and became 3x platinum. The music video strayed from Jackson's normal concepts and instead is a montage of footage depicting major news events and people.
Whitney Houston (1985-02-14/1985-02-14) by Whitney HoustonHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
One of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Whitney Houston was the first debut album and first album by a solo female artist to produce three number-one singles: "Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love of All". The album is certified diamond as well as 13x platinum. A go-to album for DJs.
A: "Angel" Side B: "Into The Groove" (1985-04-10/1985-04-10) by MadonnaHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
Like A Virgin (1984)
"Into the Groove" was released in 1985 on the B-side of Madonna's single for "Angel". At the time, hip hop was bumrushing pop culture, and she had to keep up. Often used in DJ sets, Billboard magazine recognized it as the Dance Single of the Decade by the end of the 1980s.
A: "King Holiday" (Short Version), (Dub Version) B: "King Holiday" (Long Version) (1986-01-01/1986-01-01) by Various ArtistsHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
I've Been to the Mountaintop!
"King Holiday" was released on January 13, 1986 in honor of the first celebration of Dr. MLK, Jr Day on January 20, 1986. The project was run by Dexter Scott King, who is also the song's executive producer. Check the liner notes! So many people contributed. Including Prince!
A: "Funky Beat" (Extended Version), (Instrumental Version) B: "Whodini Megamix (Five Minutes of Funk, Friends, Freaks Come Out At Night, Nasty Lady, Big Mouth, Magic's Wand & Haunted House of Rock)" (1905-06-08/1905-06-08) by WhodiniHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
"Funky Beat" was released in 1986 and peaked at #19 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and #30 on Dance Club Songs.
Krush Groove (1985-10-24/1985-10-24) by Various ArtistsHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
Krush Groove: A Musical Comedy About Def Jam Recordings
Krush Groove is a soundtrack album containing various artists released by Warner Bro. Records in 1985. Only 1,000 copies were pressed on a CD. The film was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song for the song "All You Can Eat" by The Fat Boys.
Bigger and Deffer (BAD) (1987-06-02/1987-06-02) by L.L. Cool JHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
Paid In Full (1987-07-07/1987-07-07) by Eric B. & RakimHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
Cuz I don't like to dream about gettin' paid!
Paid in Full is the debut album for this iconic hip hop duo released in 1987 and is credited as a benchmark album of the golden age of hip hop. Rakim pioneered the use of internal rhymes setting a higher standard of lyricism in rap creating the template for future rappers.
"Shake It" and "It's Just My Caddy" (1988/1988) by MC Shy DHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
A: "C'Mon Babe" (Radio Mix), "C'Mon Babe" (X-Tended Bass Mix) B: "C'Mon Babe" (Doodoo Brown Mix), "If You Believe In Having Sex" (1989) by The 2 Live CrewHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
Public Enemy #1!
"Rebel Without a Pause" is reference to the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause and was deemed an instant classic with its speedy BPM of 101. Because it was so popular, PE included it on their 1988 album It Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
A: "Self Destruction" (Extended, Special Mix) B: "Self Destruction" (Single Edit), (Instrumental) (1989) by Various ArtistsHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
The Stop the Violence Movement
"Self Destruction" was recorded as a single in response to the violence in hip hop and African American communities after a young fan was killed at a show in 1988. It debuted at #1 and held the spot for 10 consecutive weeks and all proceeds went to the National Urban League.
"Ya headed for self-destruction!"
"Gyrlz, They Love Me" (1990/1990) by Heavy D. & The BoysHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
A: "So Wat Cha Sayin'" (Club Version) B: "So Wat Cha Sayin" (Dub Version), (Radio Version) (1905-06-11/1905-06-11) by EPMDHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
A: "Mary, Mary" B: "Mary, Mary" (Instrumental), "Rock Box" (1905-06-10/1905-06-10) by Run-D.M.C.HipHop2020 Innovation Archive
"Together Forever, Forever Together!"
RIP Jam Master Jay (in the middle). Run (right) and DMC (left)
"RUN D.M.C. and we're tougher than leather!"
Originally recorded by The Butterfield Blues Band in 1966 and later The Monkees, "Mary, Mary" had a revival in the late 1980s as a hip hop cover by Run-DMC. It was the group's most successful single on Tougher Than Leather and the only one to make it to the Billboard Hot 100.
Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989-09-19/1989-09-19) by Janet JacksonHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
"Pushing towards a world rid of color lines!"
Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson explores racism, poverty, and substance abuse. It was the best-selling album of 1990 in the US had 7 singles peak in the top 5 positions. Webster marked it with two BPMs: 112 and 108, the vinyl remaining untouched by the room's water damage.
A: "Just A Friend" (LP Version) B: "Just A Friend" (Instrumental) (1989-10-10/1989-10-10) by Biz MarkieHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
People's Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm (1990-04-17/1990-04-17) by A Tribe Called QuestHipHop2020 Innovation Archive
"Bonita Applebum, you gotta put me on!"
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut album from A Tribe Called Quest released in 1990, and remains in the Collection in its original plastic wrapping. The album is an eclectic representation of the Native Tongues collective.
It is widely recognized as a central album in alternative hip hop and jazz, opening the flood gates for using uncommon production and lyricism in hip hop performance.
Current and former partners:
Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC), School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), Virginia Tech
School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
Michael and Simone Webster
Purdom Lindblad, Asst. Dir. of Innovation and Learning, Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities
Scott Pennington, Partnership Projects Manager, US National Archives and Records Administration
Gardner Campbell, Assoc. Prof. of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jayson Reid, DJ Jaycee, HipHop2020 Fellow, 2013-2014
Acquisition captured by:
Ahmad Barber, Shannon McCollum, Shawn Badgett, Scott Auerbach
HipHop2020 Innovation Archive VIP Team:
Joycelyn Wilson, PI
Brad Rittenhouse, Co-PI