Power of Place

Hip-Hop in the Bronx

Angelo T. King / The Original DJ Tony Tone AKA Tony Crush of The Cold Crush Brothers

In the 1970s, New York City’s northernmost borough fostered the newly emerging hip-hop music and cultural scene. During this time, the Bronx was beset with poverty, drugs, and gang culture, but was also home to a strong, diverse, family oriented community. Hip-hop artists gave voice to these contradictions by offering a potent mix of anger, aspiration, hope, and despair. An early leader in this scene was Bronx native Angelo “DJ Tony Tone” King, a founding member of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers group. This turntable was used by DJ Tony Tone to create music that went on to define not only the Bronx, but an entire generation.

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