1. "La Di Da Di," the 1984 rap hit by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, has been sampled or interpolated by hundreds of artists, birthing new hits along the way. As Mark Ronson explains on the latest TED Radio Hour, the track is "like the national anthem or alphabet song of hip-hop.”

  2. Prince Paul with some real talk on Microphone Check's Eight Million Stories show about hip-hop in 1993. 

    Prince Paul with some real talk on Microphone Check's Eight Million Stories show about hip-hop in 1993

  3. Marley Marl is one of the most important people in hip-hop history. He’s the one who figured out how to sample — how to get pieces of songs off vinyl records and into a drum machine. More than 30 years later, and 25 years after his first album, 1988’s In Control Vol. 1, he sat down with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley to tell stories about the moment he realized what his discovery meant.

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When Public Enemy and others were taking these moments and amplifying the noise component rather than the musical component, you were getting just a completely different way of looking at music, almost this collage of mistakes that in itself makes something so right. I thought that was a brilliant moment in music.

— DJ Shadow in an interview with NPR’s Guy Raz

    When Public Enemy and others were taking these moments and amplifying the noise component rather than the musical component, you were getting just a completely different way of looking at music, almost this collage of mistakes that in itself makes something so right. I thought that was a brilliant moment in music.

    DJ Shadow in an interview with NPR’s Guy Raz