History of Rap Music

Rap is a rhythmic vocal style, usually accompanied by backing beats and looped samples from releases by other artists. Your mother hates it, 'cuz your dad secretly enjoys the videos.

How it's done.

Moral: Never, ever forget how awesome the rapper/DJ is.

Just The Facts

  1. For those of you who've been living in a cave or under a rock: Rap has been around for over three decades.
  2. "Ya can't spell *crap* without *rap*" isn't really funny, and doesn't make you seem clever at all.
  3. No, we don't have a minute to listen to your demo.

Back in the day....

The history of rap is long (and furiously debated upon), and makes for a shitload of reading. In the interest of...well, keeping your interest, we've condensed 30+ years of history into 10 quick minutes - complete with soundtrack! We hope you enjoy it!*

*If you don't enjoy it, we can't refund your ten minutes, sorry.

Suggested Listening

2Pac - All Eyez On Me, Me Against The World 3rd Bass - The Cactus Album Above The Law - Livin' Like Hustlers Beastie Boys - License To Ill, Paul's Boutique Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane, It's A Big Daddy Thing Biz Markie - Goin' Off Black Sheep - A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill, Black Sunday Das EFX - Dead Serious De La Soul - Three Feet High And Rising, De La Soul Is Dead Digital Underground - Sex Packets The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better Doug E. Fresh - The World's Greatest Entertainer Dr. Dre - The Chronic Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It Eric B. and Rakim - Paid In Full, Follow The Leader, Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em EPMD - Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, Business As Usual Gang Starr - Step In The Arena, Daily Operation Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords Geto Boys - Grip It! On That Other Level Heavy D and the Boys - Livin' Large Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator Ice T - Rhyme Pays, Power, O.G.Original Gangster Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle, Done By The Forces Of Nature Just-Ice - Cool And Deadly Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - Road To The Riches LL Cool J - Radio, Bigger and Deffer, Mama Said Knock You Out MC Shan - Down By Law Mos Def - Black On Both Sides Nas - Illmatic, It was Written Naughty By Nature - Naughty By Nature Nice & Smooth - Nice & Smooth The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die, Life After Death NWA - Straight Outta Compton Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return To The 36 Chambers Outkast - ATLiens Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Fear Of A Black Planet Redman - Whut? Thee Album Run DMC - Run DMC, Raising Hell Scarface - Mr. Scarface Is Back Schoolly D - Saturday Night! - The Album Slick Rick - The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle Special Ed - Youngest In Charge Spice 1 - Spice 1 Stetsasonic - On Fire Too Short - Born To Mack A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm, The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown Whodini - Escape Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)