ow here’s some news that almost makes you want to apply to college again. Afrika Bambaataa of Planet Rock Fame has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University. He’ll be meeting with students, professors and community groups and performing on campus starting in November. I know the chest of many a Cornell grad is puffed out now. Let’s wait to see what Bambaataa thinks about Cornell before you start your brag fest! (Yes, I admit I’m a hater.)
A youngster who once interned under me at another magazine and is otherwise a wonderful human being once said to me that he saw no reason to be excited about “Planet Rock.” I did not slap him, but I remain just as excited by hearing that song now as I do when I it debuted.
A few years ago, when I saw Erykah Badu mashup “Planet Rock”and “AppleTree” at a concert in Chicago, I almost lost my mind. I would love the chance to rap with Bambaataa about the early days of hip-hop. Meanwhile, enjoy this musical selection.