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Elai Tubo, Full Interview Part 1

Collection: Queens Memory Collection at the Archives at Queens Library: Elai Tubo
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 1990s; 2016-03-15; Interview recorded: March 15, 2016 Material: Digital audio recording made using a digital recorder and Adobe Soundbooth. Dimension: Total running time: 1:19:41
Creator: Elai Tubo interviewed by Phil Sutherland Identifier: aql:19856 qmp-et-full-1-000004

Description: Elai Tubo, Full Interview Part 1: Elai Tubo was born in Jamaica, Queens. He lived at 175th Place in Jamaica. His mother and father were separated so he lived with his mother and grandmother. He lived in a black neighborhood and they would look after each other. He went to a private school where he was taught valuable lessons. Elai Tubo started off as a DJ working in clubs in 1971, then later as a record director, recording engineer, and producer. He has engineered and produced R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock & Roll, and Reggae; but what he is known for is for his contribution to what's called the "golden age" of hip-hop during the 1980s to the early 1990s. At the age of two Elai knew how to play congas, he understood how music affects people and has worked with artists such as Run DMC, Russell Simmons, Kurtis Blow and many others. In 2012 he got his degree in sociology, and is now moving into historical lectures on the music business and hip-hop.

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Subject:
Hip-hop; Music; Disc jockeys; Music trade; African American musicians; Blow, Kurtis; Simmons, Russell; Run-D.M.C. (Musical group)
Collection : aql:19955; aql:20455

Creator : Elai Tubo interviewed by Phil Sutherland

Date : Time Period: 1970 - 1990s; 2016-03-15; Interview recorded: March 15, 2016

Summary/Description : Elai Tubo, Full Interview Part 1: Elai Tubo was born in Jamaica, Queens. He lived at 175th Place in Jamaica. His mother and father were separated so he lived with his mother and grandmother. He lived in a black neighborhood and they would look after each other. He went to a private school where he was taught valuable lessons. Elai Tubo started off as a DJ working in clubs in 1971, then later as a record director, recording engineer, and producer. He has engineered and produced R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock & Roll, and Reggae; but what he is known for is for his contribution to what's called the "golden age" of hip-hop during the 1980s to the early 1990s. At the age of two Elai knew how to play congas, he understood how music affects people and has worked with artists such as Run DMC, Russell Simmons, Kurtis Blow and many others. In 2012 he got his degree in sociology, and is now moving into historical lectures on the music business and hip-hop.

Subject : Hip-hop; Music; Disc jockeys; Music trade; African American musicians; Blow, Kurtis; Simmons, Russell; Run-D.M.C. (Musical group)

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Coverage : Locations discussed: Jamaica Hill, Queens, NY Jamaica (New York, N.Y.) Queens (New York, N.Y.) Jamaica Hill (New York, N.Y.)

Type : Oral history

Format : Digital audio recording made using a digital recorder and Adobe Soundbooth.; Total running time: 1:19:41

Identifier : aql:19856 qmp-et-full-1-000004

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