The History of Hip Hop

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  • DJ Kool Herc starts scratching

    DJ Kool Herc starts scratching
    References: History of Hip Hop
    Billboard DJ Herc begins to scratch two records on a turn table at the same time. Kevin Donovan changes his name to Afrika Bambatta and forms the Zulu Nation
  • "Rap Music" labelled by the music industry

    There becomes a shift from merely scratching two records and how important the DJ was, to home important the emcee can be for reaching the crowd
  • Rap first hits the main stream

    Rap first hits the main stream
    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 are formed, and they become one of the most influential groups of the time. Also, the Sugar Hill Gang releases Rapper's Delight, which becomes #36 on the Billboard charts - making it the first rap song to reach such wide spread popularity.
  • Rap's influence in Pop with Blondie

    Rap's influence in Pop with Blondie
    Rapture Music Video
    Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the Pop / New Wave / Punk band, Blondie, meets with rapper Fab 5 Freddy and shortly after has her own little "rap" within the song "Rapture."
  • Birth of the Beasties

    Birth of the Beasties
    Even though they first started off as a punk band, the Beastie Boys were formed in 1981 and would eventually continiousilly change the face and look of Hip Hop with their own unique style and music videos
    The group consists of Adam Horovitz (King Ad-Rock), Adam Yauch (MCA), Michael Diamon (Mike D).
  • "The Message" is released

    "The Message" is released
    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five releases "The Message" which becomes one of the most influential rap songs of all time and it rocks the Billboard charts.
  • The Moonwalk shows inspiration from break dancing

    The Moonwalk shows inspiration from break dancing
    Jackson's first Moonwalk
    Michael Jackson premieres the Moonwalk at the Motown 25th anniversary special.
  • Run DMC on the scene

    Run DMC on the scene
    Run DMC releases “It's Like That" b/w "Sucker MC's." The album hits number 54 on Billboard's top 200 albums
  • Hip Hop goes big business

    Hip Hop goes big business
    DEF JAM records is formed by Russell Simmons, who is the brother of Run (of fun RUN DMC) Simmons.
  • Fresh Fest 1984

    Fresh Fest 1984
    In order for the rap industry to gain more money, groups like Run DMC, the Fat Boys, Whodini and Kurtis Blow. Fresh Fest continues to this day as a clothing line company and performances.
  • Salt N Pepa Premiere

    Salt N Pepa Premiere
    Salt ‘n’ Pepa make their first appearance on Super Nature’s “The Show Stopper."
  • "Walk this Way" worlds unite

    "Walk this Way" worlds unite
    Run DMC collaborates with legendary rock n'roll band Aerosmith when they remix Aerosmith's early hit. The song would reach #16 on Billboard's hot 100
  • Public Enemy erupts

    Public Enemy erupts
    Public Enemy debuts their album, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, which creates the politically charged hip hop style.
    The original members of the group include Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour), Flavor Flav (William Drayton), Professor Griff (Richard Griffin), and DJ Terminator X (Norman Rogers).
    The album hit number 125 on the Billboard's top 200 albums of the year.
  • Licensed to Ill released by Beastie Boys

    Licensed to Ill released by Beastie Boys
    Fight for your Right (sample)One of the hits on the album was "You Got To Fight For Your Right (To Party)" which was #18 on the top 100 Billboard hit for the 1987.
  • Yo! MTV Raps premieres

    Yo! MTV Raps premieres
    Ed Lover and Dr. Dre host a show on MTV that primarily showed, premiered and focused on just rap music videos. With the use of music videos, hip hop reaches the homes of millions of teenagers through the emerging cable network system.