A Rolling Shout-Out To Hip-Hop History, high tourism potential for the South Bronx? Link (registration required, or use bugmenot)

As the tour wound down and the bus headed south from Harlem down Fifth Avenue, Caz stood up at the front and regaled the crowd with rhymes extolling the old school. The tour de force is a rap called “Before,” in which Caz makes a grand metaphysical boast in behalf of hip-hop itself: “Before Reganomics/ Before rappers got shot in their stomachs/ Before Britney, Mariah and Janet/ Before Soul Sonic Force rocked the planet/ In its lyrical form and in the essence of time, by no means get it twisted/ My name is hip-hop, and I have always existed.”