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    Sugarhill Gang

    Hip Hop’s first commercially successful rap group the Sugarhill Gang was formed by “the mother of modern Hip Hop” Sylvia Robinson in the late 1970s.  She enlisted members Wonder Mike (Mike Wright) and Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) hailing from Englewood, New Jersey and Big Bank Hank (Henry Jackson) from...
  • NBA YoungBoy

    NBA YoungBoy was born Kentrell DeSean Gaulden on October 20, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. NBA YoungBoy was primarily raised by his grandmother, who he has said was very strict with him. He began rapping at the age of 11 and started posting his music on YouTube when he...
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    The Life and Times of Takeoff, One Third of the Migos Rap Group

    When you think of rap groups, one of the first that comes to mind is The Migos. This group has achieved massive success in a very short time, and much of that can be attributed to the unique style of Takeoff. This artist is one-third of the Migos rap...
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    The Origins of Drill Music

    As a subgenre of hip-hop, drill music originated in the Chicago Southside throughout the 2010s. Drill holds similarities to Atlanta’s trap music scene, which also embodies dark production and themes of criminal activity. Emerging from crime-ridden neighborhoods like Chi-Town’s Woodlawn community called “Dro City,” the genre became notorious for...
  • Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

    Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

    Born on June 17, 1987, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California to parents Paula Oliver and Kenny Duckworth. Kenny’s affiliation with Chicago street gang the Gangster Disciples led Paula to convince him to relocate to California with her, taking only $500 and two black garbage bags.  Initially...
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    Got Milk?

    There are some songs that come along and define an era and Audio Two’s, “Top Billin” definitely sum up the first golden age of Hip Hop. Not only did it become one of the most recognizable and sampled songs in history; it became an anthem for b-boys and b-girls...
  • Rakim Allah (William Michael Griffin Jr)

    Rakim Allah (William Michael Griffin Jr)

    Rakim Allah was born William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, Long Island, N.Y. to a musically talented and working class family. ...
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    Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

    In present times, dance songs are not taken seriously in Hip Hop but they were a driving force that fueled the culture in the seventies and eighties. Many emcees released an array of classic dance tracks that stood the test of time. But 1988 was the year Rob Base...
  • Lovebug Starski (Kevin Smith)

    Lovebug Starski (Kevin Smith)

    Lovebug Starski (Kevin Smith) was born on May 16, 1960 in the Bronx, New York and began working with various local DJs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...