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In the summer of 1982, Negril, a club that was an anomaly at the time of cavernous dance venues for being no bigger than a boutique, became the location to effectively introduce hip-hop to New York. The site was chosen to host the first regular gig of early hip-hop artist of the Bronx, Afrika Bambaataa. The weekly parties he DJd there called "Wheels of Steel" made Thursdays the clubs most popular night. Afrika Bambaataa was approached by the promoter Ruza Blue at an event in an empty lot between...

In the summer of 1982, Negril, a club that was an anomaly at the time of cavernous dance venues for being no bigger than a boutique, became the location to effectively introduce hip-hop to New York. The site was chosen to host the first regular gig of early hip-hop artist of the Bronx, Afrika Bambaataa. The weekly parties he DJd there called "Wheels of Steel" made Thursdays the clubs most popular night. Afrika Bambaataa was approached by the promoter Ruza Blue at an event in an empty lot between two condominiums. This Do-It-Yourself environment had been the venue for a new kind of music then known as "scratch," which involved blending sounds that came from a couple of turn tables and free for all microphones. The Wheels of Steel parties at eventually found a larger venue in Roxy, the failing grandfather of roller disco where he booked the prestigious Friday night.

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2nd Avenue and 10th Street
New York, NY 1003
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