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    Tracy 168 – Michael Tracy

    Graffiti legend Tracy 168 was born Michael Tracy in a New York hospital on E. 68th Street in 1958. He began his career in the late 1960s to “balance out his life” during the midst of the Vietnam War.  Instead of sketching his illustrations on paper, he spray painted his...
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    Orlando Anderson – “the man who shot Tupac”

    Orlando Tive “Baby Lane” Anderson was born August 13, 1974 to Harvey Lee Anderson, and Charlotte Davis.   Charlotte worked 12-hour shifts as a bookkeeper, but weekends were heavily dedicated to family gatherings. Though Orlando’s parents split, he still had a stable childhood and grew up in...
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    The Hip Hop Class of 1988

    Class President: Chuck D He was wise, respected and most importantly, a visionary. He addressed the student body’s needs and worked dillgently to ensure the class of 88’ graduated on time with the tools they needed to go out into the world and make a difference.  Most Likely to...
  • Salt ‘N’ Pepa - A Salt With A Deadly Pepa - London Records, 1988

    Salt ‘N’ Pepa – A Salt With A Deadly Pepa – London Records, 1988

    Hot of the success of their album Hot Cool &Viscious, Salt ‘N’ Pepa released their follow up Salt With A Deadly Pepa, hoping to recapture the magic of their unforgettable debut. What made Salt ‘N’ Pepa so fresh and unique was the fact they were a complete female rap...
  • MC Lyte Lyte As A Rock First Priority Music, 1988

    MC Lyte Lyte As A Rock First Priority Music, 1988

    There is no question that Hip Hop has always been a culture dominated by male energy. From the dee-jaying to the emceeing, the female mystic was often times overshadowed by the strong presence of the b-boys. We witnessed some female force with the emergence of Lady B, Sha-Rock and...
  • Ice-T 
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Sire/Warner Bros Records/1988

    Ice-T 
Power 
Sire/Warner Bros Records/1988

    As one of the first to push the West coast to the forefront, Ice-T shook up the rap game in the early eighties. He released his debut Rhyme Pays in 1987, which was the first Hip Hop album to have a parental advisory label. His first effort contributed to...