1. Hip-Hop Pioneer DJ Rockin’ Rob on the Original Mean Machine Crew (VIDEO).

    8 Million Stories: DJ Rockin’ Rob from Andreas Vingaard on Vimeo .

    Part 2 of Andreas Vingaard’s “8 Million Stories” video portraits series of classic New Yorkers . Here, hip-hop pioneer DJ Rockin’ Rob discusses his days throwing down at Clark Park in the Bronx with the original Mean Machine crew not to be confused with the group that recorded “Disco Dream” for Sugarhill Records. Rob recalls the crew’s methods for stealing electricity out of the traffic light pole, shares his technique for covering up break records, and remembers the moment when he heard the other Mean Machine on the radio. You can catch Rob – still one of the nicest of all-time on the wheels of steel – spinning at a Tools of War-sponsored park jam near you every summer.

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