• rock steady crew

    Rock Steady Crew

    As Hip Hop culture blossomed throughout the South Bronx in the late 1970s, B-boying became a crucial element that helped settle neighborhood disputes through dance battles instead of violence. Various dance crews were formed throughout the South Bronx, but their popularity began to fade in 1977.  Puerto Rican B-boy Jojo,...
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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...
  • Detroit Awesome Dre

    Detroit’s Godfather of Rap: Awesome Dre

    For years, the Midwest has produced some of the most lyrically talented rap acts in Hip Hop. Despite the mainstream appeal that has sometimes eluded the other coasts, Midwest artists have still managed to remain true to their Hip Hop roots.  Like other cities, Detroit has seen its share...
  • 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...
  • critical beatdown ultra magnetic mc

    Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown Next Plateau (1988)

               Track Listing “Watch Me Now” “Ease Back” “Ego Trippin’ (MC’s Ultra Remix)” “Moe Luv’s Theme” “Kool Keith Housin’ Things” “Travelling at the Speed of Thought”  “Feelin’ It (Remix)” “One Minute Less” “Ain’t It Good to You” “Funky (Remix)” “Give the Drummer Some” “Break North” “Critical Beatdown” “When I Burn”...
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    Wild Style 1992 – Rhino Home Video

    Well into its forties, Hip Hop has grown into a forever evolving and successful force in popular culture. Now with children of its own and plenty of adult issues to handle, Charlie Ahearn’s cult classic Wild Style (1982) is the home video to remind it of simpler, more innocent times.  The first film...