Many hip hop artists claim they’ve changed the game, but the lineage of that change can mostly be traced back to hip hop’s formative years. Yes, there have been many more game-changing artists in the 90s and 21st century (which we’d love to do in a future list) but these 15 pioneers of early hip hop created and grew the culture into a worldwide phenomenon that we still enjoy today.

THE SUGARHILL GANG SugaHill SH-542-A 33 1/3 RPM OND 112RE-BW) 1977 Chie Music Inc. Music taben Good Times Sylvia Sea. Production others TIME: 11:00 RAPPER'S DELIGHT (Hemard Edwards-Nile Rodgers) CRACKED COM Released on March 25, 1979, King Tim III (Personality Jock) is cited as the first recorded hip hop song, but on Sept 16, 1979, The Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight became the first hip hop single to reach the Billboard Top 40, reach #1 in Canada, and #2 all over Europe, bringing the genre to the mainstream.

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MARLEY MARL GRACKED.COM In 1985, Marley Marl discovered sampling during an internship at Unique Studios. Before this, producers extended looped breakbeats with two turntables, but he discovered, by accident, that he could take a kick or snare from any record and make his own beat.



THE WU-TANG CLAN CRACKED.COM In 1993, Protect Ya Neck became a hit single without a hook or a chorus. This cypher of 9 MC's rapping their verses was groundbreaking, but its success helped them land a game-changing deal with Loud records, where they signed as a group and were allowed to sign with other labels as solo artists.



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