‘Good Times’ disco song helped give birth to hip-hop

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“Speed of Sound” is a podcast about pivotal moments in music history. Photo courtesy of Speed of Sound

In September 1979, the Sugarhill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight,” the song that ultimately pushed rap/hip-hop music onto the radio and into the mainstream. But the song wouldn’t have existed without another song released just a few months earlier: “Good Times” by Chic.

But disco had already been declared dead. In Chicago, White Sox fans blew up crates of records in the middle of the baseball field in what became known as Disco Demolition Night. But in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Northern New Jersey, kids were taking those same records and giving birth to hip-hop. A new podcast called “Speed of Sound” looks at pivotal moments in music and delves into the history behind the music. 

Credits

Guest:
Steve Greenberg - record producer, CEO of S-Curve Records and host of “The Speed of Sound” podcast

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Kathryn Barnes