Not often a label thought of in hip-hop terms, the best Motown samples prove that Berry Gordy’s empire had more than enough beats for the crate-diggers.
‘Strictly Business’ may be EPMD’s debut album, but it left calling cards for their future work – and influenced numerous MCs that followed it.
On their debut record ‘The Platform,’ LA trio Dilated Peoples reenergized the rap underground, bringing alternative hip-hop back to the mainstream.
The Beastie Boys’ 'Check Your Head' changed the course of hip-hop, creating the blueprint for all rap-rock strivers to come.
From 'Juice' to 'Wild Style' and '8 Mile,' here are some of the best hip-hop soundtracks that brought emerging artists to the mainstream.
In Def Jam’s docu-series ‘Through The Lens’, photographer Janette Beckman talks documenting the early days of hip-hop.
Formed during the late 80’s, EPMD's Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are highly regarded as one of the early pioneers of rap sampling.
Blackstreet’s debut album saw Teddy Riley find his footing again as a performer, while helping R&B crossover from urban radio to the Top 40.
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.
Hip-Hop opened a can of concrete honesty and emotional turmoil with gritty soundscapes that at times felt like a Martin Scorcese movie filmed in the ghetto.