Were the censors right? These banned songs caused controversy at the time, but they ultimately beat the authorities, earning their place in music history.
The best albums of 1988 reveal hip-hop in full flower, in addition to classics from Metallica, Talk Talk, and many more.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
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.
Too often remembered for its clichés, 80s music actually has far more to offer than many remember – and it's cooler than you think.
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.
‘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.
The best 80s music videos not only defined the decade, they influenced fashions and elevated the music video to the status of high art.
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.
Did he really just say that? Decades on from its release, Ice Cube’s debut album still has the power to shock.
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.
From 'Juice' to 'Wild Style' and '8 Mile,' here are some of the best hip-hop soundtracks that brought emerging artists to the mainstream.
'Strictly 4 My N****Z' was 2Pac's first certified platinum album, where he perfected his flow and claimed his throne as hip hop royalty.
Measuring up to anything laid down a quarter century ago, the best Eric B. & Rakim songs remain timeless and hugely influential.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.