It's impossible to tell the history of any genre in a single article, but these 20 songs provide a roadmap for listening... and further exploration.
Long before there were million-dollar studios or Pro Tools, there were great singing voices, whether they came out of barbershop quartets, Baptist churches or street corner doo-wop groups.
Lovebug Starski, aka Kevin Smith, the pioneering rapper who helped popularize the term Hip-Hop has died in Las Vegas at the age of 57
Hip-Hop artists have always waged war on conventional music – and each other. Braggadocio is always there, but it got out of control and ended in tragedy.
American DJ and producer DJ Shadow turns label owner with the launch of his own label imprint, Liquid Amber, via Island Records.
With the likes of DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nelly, and 2Pac all selling albums in their tens of millions, hip-hop around the early 1990s became a game changer.