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Hip hop emerged as an integrated cultural phenomenon when Bronx-based DJs, MCs, and even breakers started to appear in downtown venues. Sylvia Robinson staged the first breakthrough event at the Ritz. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five returned to midtown in less conducive circumstances when the Clash began their eight-night run at Bond’s and scheduled the lineup to appear as their first supporting act. Breaking began to attract more attention when Sally Banes and photographer Martha Cooper published the first feature on the form in the Village Voice. Following an introduction to Malcolm McLaren, Michael Holman staged a Zulu Nation warm-up show at the Ritz for McLaren’s band Bow Wow Wow that became the first to present DJ-ing, MC-ing, breaking, and graffiti as an integrated culture. McLaren employee Ruza Blue then asked Holman to bring the Zulu Nation show to her weekly slot at Negril.

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