Yellow on the famous track ‘Planet Rock.’ Also he

Magic Orchestra, an electronic group from Japan, was one of the first pioneers
of the 808. They took advantage of the instrument, playing live with it in concerts and on their album BGM.
The bright era of TR-808 has
begun. Artist started to implement the drum machine into their works, spreading
the sound of 808 throughout a world, by the way it also brought a ton of
producers from different genres to admire and use this piece of art and
technology in their very own and unique way. When Marvin Gaye and Rick James
released their R&B hits, audience started to show interest in that sound
and iconic 808’s drums and percussion begun to appear in the top charts and went
onto the radio shows all over the world. Gaye’s song ‘Sexual Healing’ had an entire
groove that was built entirely from Roland’s drum machine sounds. That song,
along with other 808 hit- Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’
brought the TR-808 to the mainstream. One of the godfathers of hip hop
and electro-funk, Afrika Bambaataa  used an 808 to create a beat
on the famous track ‘Planet Rock.’ Also he used a sample from Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans-Europe
Express’ to create super funky leads in his masterpiece. This was the song that
clearly demonstrated producers around the world what the 808 could do for hip
hop. “”Planet Rock” didn’t so much put the 808 on the map so much as it
reoriented an entire world of post-disco dance music around it” (Hamilton, 2016).
After “Planet Rock” became a massive hit across the United States, hip hop and
electronic producers started to emulate futuristic sounds shaping them into new
genres and movements. In the world of hip hop, the use of the 808 blasted
throughout the rest of the 1980s and beyond. As for modern days, 808 is still
alive and can be heard in a vast variety of genres, from a classic techno and
hip-hop to a  future bass and trap music.
“Trap producers Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital also rely heavily on the 808
sound, and they’re responsible for 90 percent of today’s most popular Migos and
Future records — “Mask Off” being the
most recent. Most, if not all, chart-topping hip-hop records today and in
the past 30 years have probably used some element of an 808.” (Hasnain, 2017) Nevertheless
more and more, notably young producers by virtue of lack of money or personal
taste tend to use sampled versions of Roland’s iconic drum machine. It is still
808, not that unique sounding transistor equipped machine, but it is still culture
and legacy that TR-808 left behind. The blend of electronic dance music and
retro-hip-hop that the Roland TR-808 has helped to establish determines from
digital sound and social media rather than any geographic areas or
artistic movement. Since the construction in 1980, this machine had an influence
almost on every aspect of popular music. From the electro-funk grooves to the 808
bass lines of current Top charts, it is safe to assume that this instrument
will continue to shape the sound of popular music in America and throughout the
globe for years to come.