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    How Herbie Hancock’s ‘Future Shock’ transcended genre and blazed a trail for hip-hop

    Forty years ago, in August 1983, jazz keyboard legend Herbie Hancock decided to step into the future, taking the music industry — and, incidentally, global culture — with him. That was the year his album ‘Future Shock’, with its earthquaking single ‘Rockit’, introduced much of the world to vinyl scratching, hip-hop beats, sampling, computer-enhanced effects, and what we today call electronic dance music. By mixing freestyle jazz experimentation with brash robotic grooves, the record laid a blueprint for the following decade’s explosion of hip-hop – then considered a Grandmaster Flash-in-the-pan by major record companies. Despite jumpy corporate execs, the album’s massive, Grammy-winning success simultaneously…

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