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Rockit

Rockit – Herbie Hancock

This song is an exhibition piece. It brought to the greater world a new music – synthesizer, drum machine and turntables all get their display time – but more than a song everything in it seems like a showcase for this new music, curated by Mr. Hancock. And like most curations it was made apart from the origins that spurned it, and narrows history to a singular telling, maintaining the exhibition’s place in that history, verifying it.

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Rockit

Rockit – Herbie Hancock

Has there been a Grammy performance as revolutionary and as spearheaded since this song at the 1984 awards? Michael Jackson in 1988, maybe, but that explosion was set off in 1983 with Billie Jean at Motown 25; already well established, and one of a lone artist. Rockit, though overdue, was the unfolding of a new kind of music, of a future. An announcement to the world that this music, this dancing, this movement, existed and was the most exciting, innovative, amazing thing going. Coming. A disclosure. The question “How is he doing that?” asked universally by every kid watching upon hearing GrandMixer D.ST scratch. Even though no one rapped, it was a sign hip hop might make it. It was still a long road ahead, though.

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