A local Radio listener once told me that the 93.7 WBLK Radio Station was the 1st
urban station in the U.S. If this is true I can't help wondering, where did Rap start in Buffalo?
Which artist were the 1st to record and publish a Rap Song or Album?
As a person who loves the Hip Hop Culture and the music and the history of it, I find myself wondering if there's a true account of the history of Hip Hop in Buffalo. As I began to do research on this topic I reflected on those I remembered. I then used Google and YouTube to get a sense of which artist were recorded and documented in time.
This is in no way a complete list of artist nor an intent to leave credit worthy artist out. Look at this as a rough outline of artist who have released on major labels and begin to recreate "The History of Rap and R&B in Buffalo".
List of Artist/Groups from Buffalo who recorded Music with a major Label:
DJ JR Marty T.(Release date unknown)
Rick James 1977
Mary Jane Girls 1983
Bobby Nunn 1983
Val Young 1985
Kid Kold Cold City Crew 1987
DJ Warlock & MC L.A 1987
Process and the Dug Rags 1988 Motown
Warlock Quift 1991
The Exotics (Release date unknown)
DJ Havre D (Release date unknown)
"I so cool" Scott Down (Release date unknown)
Brotherhood Nation 1990
Attention (Release date unknown)
Joe Public 1992 (1st music video)
Crucial D Amherst rec 1993
Mutha goose militia 1994
Stevie J (112 bad boy) 1996
Upstate Click 1997
Kid Kold 2001
Dia Sobe Rec.(Release date unknown)
Boss Players 2006 (J Rec.)
Apparently there has not been an artist with a major label release since 2006. So now the burning question is what will it take for a artist to achieve the kind of success some of our previously listed artist enjoyed?
**note some release dates were unavailable at press time**
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