The pre-eminent label for much of hip-hop's history, the best Def Jam songs are the evolution of the genre.
Before hip-hop and R&B got together, the rap ballad showed the softer side of hip-hop. The best hip-hop love songs prove that MCs need love too.
Revered among hip-hop fans, Adam “MCA” Yauch was many things: a creative force behind Beastie Boys, an activist, and a filmmaker among them.
Known as “The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,” Biz Markie’s larger-than-life persona was equally matched by his musical brilliance.
On their debut record ‘The Platform,’ LA trio Dilated Peoples reenergized the rap underground, bringing alternative hip-hop back to the mainstream.
From 'Juice' to 'Wild Style' and '8 Mile,' here are some of the best hip-hop soundtracks that brought emerging artists to the mainstream.
Measuring up to anything laid down a quarter century ago, the best Eric B And Rakim songs remain timeless and hugely influential.
The first hip-hop album ever to top the ‘Billboard’ 200, ‘Licensed To Ill’ saw Beastie Boys lay the groundwork for the hip-hop world we now live in.
Director John Singleton left behind more than just a cinematic legacy; his soundtracks brought the black experience to life on the big screen.
In Def Jam’s docu-series ‘Through The Lens’, photographer Janette Beckman talks documenting the early days of hip-hop.
As ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ celebrates its 30th anniversary, The Ruler talks about taking his environment “and turning it into a story”.
Vikki Tobak, author of the book ‘Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip-Hop’ talks hip-hop’s forgotten legacy in photographs and her new exhibition.