In the late 1970s, the changing of the guard was coming into play from street gang life to the Hip Hop culture. It was an inevitable shift as the youth and communities of the Bronx, Harlem, and the rest of NYC, were discovering their own individual voices of expression and peace. If you ever studied the history of the South Bronx as it was being left to burn to rubble, you can understand there was no other place for its people to go but up.
Just like the Phoenix, from the ashes Hip Hop was born.
The following 1979 documentary is the famed South Bronx flick 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s filmed towards the end of the New York street gang era. It is a piece you should watch and realize this is how it use to be way back when while brothers and sisters were seeking peace, unity, love, and having fun. This was when efforts from brothers like Afrika Bambaataa, and the Universal Zulu Nation, was working to bring all of the gangs together and encouraging an end to the violence.
And ultimately Hip Hop took over the joint.
Most of the candid interviews throughout this video are from members of The Savage Nomads and The Savage Skulls which are two of the most notorious gangs at that time. I wish there was more coverage on the other gangs at that time like the Ghetto Brothers, the Black Spades, and the Javelins, but it is what it is.