In this Feb. 28, 2006 file photo, Afrika Bambaataa speaks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in New York. Hip-hop began in the early 1970s as an alternative to gang activity. Before the music was recorded, founding fathers like DJ Afrika Bambaataa - whose slogan was "peace, love, unity and having fun" - would play Malcolm Xs voice over instrumental break beats. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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