Preserving the foundation of hip-hop in North Carolina

Highlights from the most historic week in North Carolina hip-hop history.

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meet the first wave of pioneers


During the Back When It Was Rap celebration in Raleigh-Durham, NC, many of the areas living legends participated in the Carolina Crate Diggas Podcast & Panel. For the first time in North Carolina, several pioneers of hip-hop assembled together for an evening of oral history. The CCD Podcast & Panel took place at the historic landmark, the Hayti Heritage Center located in Durham, NC.

meet wink moody

One of the most influential figures in NC hip-hop is legendary DJ and veteran radio personality, Wink Moody, who apparently is always on duty. He spoke with NC Hip-Hop History about who inspired him to become an original Carolina Crate Digga. Stay tuned for the video as Moody also explains why he continues to mentor for up and coming radio DJs and personalities for over 40 years.

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WRAL's Ken Smith talks with NABS about Back When It Was Rap and his participation in the 18th annual Juneteenth celebration in Durham. He gives some history of how hip-hop began in the Raleigh-Durham area and who were the pioneers behind the movement.
NABS shares why it was important to host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in his hometown to honor the men and women who started the rap music movement. He also discusses his collaboration with Families Moving Forward to bring awareness to homelessness in the Triangle.

First aired - June 19, 2023


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NABS Joins The Sports Shop!

Music and history were the topics of discussion on The Sports Shop Radio when NABS joined Reese and KMac in studio to talk about Back When It Was Rap and the significance of commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop for North Carolina.

Throwing in a change up to the regular format, NABS' talked about his international career as a Producer/DJ and his big break into the industry touring with Michael Jackson, deejaying for rap duo Kris Kross.

First aired - June 20, 2023


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