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The History Of Local Rap & R&B In Buffalo, NY

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".      

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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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