Urban/Global Politics

How a Puerto Rican Jew Jump-started Hip-Hop

The Ghetto Brothers in the studio, recording their only album, Power Fuerza, originally released in 1971. (Courtesy of Truth & Soul Records) It happened a little over 41 years ago, in the middle of a South Bronx park—a moment that would change Benjy Meléndez, his street gang and rock band the Ghetto Brothers, and music history forever. […]

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