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 question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.
In the vinyl era, every genre of music developed its own visual aesthetic, a tip-off to the listener as to what could be found inside the album cover.
Were the censors right? These banned songs caused controversy at the time, but they ultimately beat the authorities, earning their place in music history.
N.W.A. were one of the most successful and influential rap groups of all time, comprised of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube.
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.
In Def Jam’s docu-series ‘Through The Lens’, photographer Janette Beckman talks documenting the early days of 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.
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.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rapper’s landmark solo debut, the “Expanded Edition Playlist” includes the original album plus many of the classic tracks that inspired it.
As the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ proved, the best music biopics can have a cultural impact that goes far beyond devoted fans. Here are 30 must-sees.
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. was 2Pac's first certified platinum album, where he perfected his flow and claimed his throne in hip hop royalty.
From 'Juice', to 'Wild Style' and '8 Mile', here are some of the best hip-hop soundtracks that brought emerging artists to the mainstream.
The best 80s music videos not only defined the decade, they influenced fashions and elevated the music video to the status of high art.
Too often remembered for its clichés, 80s music actually has far more to offer than many remember – and it's cooler than you think.