Socialist Worker

Beat Positive

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2610

Stetsasonic in 1988

Stetsasonic in 1988 (Pic: Janette Beckman/Getty images)

In 1987, while British pop music was dominated by the coma-inducing sounds of Rick Astley and Shakin’ Stevens, hip hop was getting busy planning global domination.

Within a year Run DMC, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim and the Beastie Boys would conquer all—and from that point on hip hop has ruled popular music.

This small exhibition pays tribute to the pioneers of this golden age when rap seemed genuinely revolutionary, and pays particular attention to the way the scene grew in Britain.

Stetsasonic (pictured above) are best known for their 1988 hit Talkin’ All That Jazz.

It was a defence of sampling techniques and written as a riposte to the overwhelmingly white, electric guitar-orientated, music press.

Beat Positive. Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Till 4 August, Free

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