Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
Unafraid to speak up against injustice, the best protest songs take on the issues of their day, but transcend their eras to speak to future generations.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ solidified the New York rapper as one of hip-hop’s most dynamic personalities and the world’s greatest storyteller.
The special 2,500 square foot installation touches down in Long Beach, California in November.
The pre-eminent hip-hop label for the better part of the last three and a half decades, the best Def Jam songs define the evolution of the genre.
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.
The power of the protest song looks set to be exploited as politics takes centre stage again. That music is used as a means to raise awareness and share a common goal...
Furious yet thought-provoking, Prophets Of Rage’s debut album took no prisoners, offering a shot of adrenaline for the body politic in uncertain times.
Too often remembered for its clichés, 80s music actually has far more to offer than many remember – and it's cooler than you think.
Measuring up to anything laid down a quarter century ago, the best Eric B And Rakim songs remain timeless and hugely influential.
Co-frontman Chuck D says: “As with many songs, this was formed out of a conversation amongst ourselves about the level of passion fuel it takes to create."
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.
Unlike most other eras, the notion of 90s music is hard to pin down. Oddball and eclectic, the decade defies easy categorisation, but it’s this cross-pollination of sounds that left a boundary-breaking...