Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
A pioneer of gangsta rap and the G-funk sound, rapper-producer Dr Dre put West Coast hip-hop on the map. Here are some of is career-defining collaborations
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.
Director John Singleton left behind more than just a cinematic legacy; his soundtracks brought the black experience to life on the big screen.
The soundtrack to John Singleton’s provocative 1991 directorial debut ‘Boyz N The Hood’ is making its double-vinyl debut on 27 September via Qwest/Ume.
‘Straight Outta Compton’ arrived like a road crash: you couldn’t ignore it. It launched gangsta rap and made the West Coast matter in hip-hop.
Spawning megastars such as Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and Eminem, 90s hip-hop marked the point when the music came out of the suburbs and took over the world.
‘Efil4zaggin’ was more than a full stop to NWA's career. It bridged hip-hop's early golden age and the sound that would dominate the West Coast in the 90s.
Did he really just say that? Decades on from its release, Ice Cube’s debut album, ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’, still has the power to shock.
A history of Blaxploitation film soundtracks that helped define the genre, and the musicians who asserted their street cred by writing their scores.
From 'Juice', to 'Wild Style' and '8 Mile', here are some of the best hip-hop soundtracks that brought emerging artists to the mainstream.
Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
'Everythang’s Corrupt' is the multi-platinum artist’s 10th solo effort and 18th album overall.
The former NWA rapper, Ice Cube continues to push the political envelope with his latest single ‘Arrest The President’.
Uneasy listening on a mission, ‘Death Certificate’ shocked many at the time, with Ice Cube kicking ass musically, verbally and politically.