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Hip Hop Timeline

  • 400 BCE

    Death of the Buddha

    Death of the Buddha
    circa 400 B.C.E.
  • 632

    Death of the Prophet Mohammed

    Death of the Prophet Mohammed
  • 1439

    Printing press

    Printing press
    Johannes Gutenberg invents the movable type printing press
  • 1440

    Slave Trade

    Slave Trade
    The Portuguese start exploring the African Atlantic coast for gold. By 1500 they have sold over 81,000 African slaves.
  • American Civil War

  • The Microphone

    The invention of the microphone by Emile Berliner
  • Turntable

    The invention of the cylinder phonograph by Thomas Edison
  • Birth of Noble Drew Ali

  • Birth of Marcus Garvey

  • Founding of the Nation of Islam

  • Shaw Brothers

    Founding of Shaw Brothers movie studios in Hong Kong
  • “Live at the Apollo”

    James Brown records “Live at the Apollo”
  • American Civil Rights Act

  • Black Panther Party

    Founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
  • digital sampling

    Earliest digital sampling at EMS Musys System studio
  • Death of Allah

    Assassination of Clarence Edward Smith, aka “Clarence 13X” and “Allah”
  • Birth of Hip Hop

    Kool Herc DJ’s the Birth of Hip Hop
  • First Hip Hop Single

    Release of “King Tim III” by the Fatback Band, first hip hop single.
  • "Rapper's Delight"

    Release of the SugarHill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”
  • "Wild Style"

  • "...A Nation of Millions..."

    Release of “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy
  • First Rap Grammy

  • Wu-Tang Clan debut

    November 9, 1993 A.D. Release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” by the Wu-Tang Clan
  • Murder of Tupac Shakur

  • Murder of Biggie

    Murder of Christopher Wallace, aka “Biggie Smalls” and “The Notorious B.I.G.”
  • 44th President

    Barack Hussein Obama elected 44th President of the United States
  • Run the Jewels

    The first Run the Jewels album is released as a free digital download