Louis Armstrong, Labelle and Jackson Browne are also represented this year.
Poetic and provocative, Common rose from underground hip-hop to become the music’s fiercest custodian. The best Common songs reveal how.
Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
The song comes off Aiko’s Grammy-nominated album, ‘Chilombo.’
With her sex-positive image, unbridled confidence and elite lyricism, Foxy Brown’s ‘Ill Na Na’ became the blueprint for female MCs in hip-hop.
Cash Money Records’ big-screen foray starred a trove of Southern hip-hop stars, including Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Juvenile.
“Within the Black community especially, music becomes more than just entertainment – it transforms into its own kind of resistance, restoration, and replenisher.”
In the short span of her career, Amy Winehouse forged a soulful pop template that has spawned countless imitators, but there is only one Amy.
In their historic return to Def Jam Recordings, the group’s new album will feature the Beastie Boys, Nas, George Clinton, among many others.
“Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time – it’s necessary – to bring the noise again from a place called home.”
Directed by Spike Jordan, the video features cameos from ‘Ultra Black’ producer Hit-Boy, along with Dapper Dan and Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond.
The album ‘King’s Disease’ is set for release next Friday, August 21 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam.
The late singer and pianist was famous for songs like "Sweet Lorraine" and "Too Young," as well as for being the first African-American man to host a national TV show.
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.
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.