The foundations of hip hop were built on the shoulders of a handful of innovators who took the time to translate the world around them into a new musical expression. It’s a contemporary story that resonates for the inventiveness and drive of those early pioneers, and something our students got a lesson in recently when we welcomed rapper/producer DJ Hurricane to campus for a lecture titled “The History of Hip Hop.”
Hurricane drew from his experiences in the hip hop community since the early 80s, having worked with the Beastie Boys from 1986-2000, as well as other artists like Public Enemy and Talib Kwali. He is also a longtime collaborator of Full Sail Recording Arts graduate Brad Todd, who helped arrange the campus visit. Brad graduated in 1998, and met Hurricane while interning at Atlanta recording facility Tree Sound Studios. They continue to work together on the music venture PlayPro Media.