Guru's First Tapes, 1986

First appearance of Gang-Starr/Guru on WMBR in 1986.

In 1985, a radio show called “Lecco’s Lemma” on WMBR became ground zero for Boston’s burgeoning hip-hop scene. Rap was just starting to break into the mainstream, and kids from the city to the suburbs were catching the bug. Local rappers flooded the MIT radio station with demo tapes in the hopes that the show’s host, Magnus Johnstone, would play them on the air.

WBUR, 18 November 2016

Video courtesy of Pacey Foster's Library of Vinylwith sound sourced from Lecco’s Lemma Collection / Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive, Joseph P. Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston

Timeline: 1980s
Career: Arts & HumanitiesCommunity
Object: Video
Collection: Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Music, Pop Culture