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Blondie took the pop playbook and ripped it to shreds. Here are some of their career-defining songs.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
These laureates are the latest honorees to win the prize founded by ABBA manager, music publisher and lyricist Stig “Stikkan” Anderson.
“The credibility he brings to our team is mammoth,” museum chairman of the board Kurtis Blow said.
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
Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Sting and Bruce Springsteen are among the major stars appearing in the video for the fundraising 'We Are Not Afraid.'
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.
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.