History of Rap Music

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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)