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Chuck D and Sha Rock Speak About The Impact of Hip-Hop on 'CBS Mornings'

By Kiani Shabazz

In celebration of the first-ever hip-hop history month, CBS Mornings sat down with hip-hop legends Sha-Rock, Chuck D, and Smithsonian curator Dawn Rece to discuss the impact and influence that hip-hop has had on American culture and how it changed the world forever. 

Earlier this year, Smithsonian released The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a multimedia collection of photos, music, and stories following the story of the evolution of hip-hop culture. The collection includes 9 CDs and a 300-page book documenting the highlights of hip-hop history as it reaches its 50th anniversary. 

On Monday (November 29) hip-hop greats, Chuck D and Sha Rock spoke with CBS Mornings to discuss their contributions to the culture that would change the world as we know it. 

“[Hip-hop] is not a music, it’s an umbrella that music falls under,” Chuck D explained when explaining hip-hop culture. “Our culture has always been the elements. Vocalization, which is emceeing in hip-hop. Musicianship, which is DJing. Dance culture, I mean come one now.” 

After nearly 50 years, hip-hop culture has made its way to becoming America’s most significant cultural export, inspiring millions of people and changing the lives of many. 

“Hip-hop has taken African-American culture to a place it’s never been before. People are their own brands, their funding their own record labels, they’ve got beats, you name it. So that’s a stratosphere.” says Dwan Rece.

Be sure to check out the entire interview and stay tuned for more classic hip-hop news.