Hip-hop Timeline (1970-2020)

By j11
  • Hip hop was born.

    It began on the streets of The Bronx, New York City.
  • House party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue

    It is said to be the first hip-hop party ever held. Hosted by Kool Herc's sister Cindy Campbell.
  • 'Rappers Delight'

    Hit single by Sugarhill Gang, sold over 500,000 copies. The first ever Gold selling record in Hip-Hop.
  • MTV Airs First Hip-Hop Video

    MTV Airs a hip-hop video for the first time, RUN DMC's 'King of Rock'
  • N.W.A forms

    One of the most controversial groups in Hip-hop history. Their sound became known as 'gangsta rap'.
  • N.W.A Gold Album 'Straight Outta Compton'

    This album since then has sold over 3 million units and was certified triple platinum in November 11 2015.
  • Hip-hop gets its first show on MTV 'Yo! MTV Raps'

    After years of being rejected by the mainstream media.
  • 2pac joins Digital Underworld

    as a dancer and roadie.
  • The 'Stretch & Bobbito Show' is launched

    The show was one-of-a-kind and changed peoples lives. They helped jumstarted artist careers like Jay-Z, Big L and Wu-tang Clan.
  • NWA releases album 'N*****z4Life'

    Their album sells over 954,000 copies in its first week of release reaching #1 on pop charts
  • Dr Dre releases debut album "Chronic"

    It was certified Triple Platinum by RIAA on November 3 1993
  • 2pac is robbed and shot 5 times.

    Tupac was robbed of 40k and shot 5 times in Quad Recording Studio.
  • Queen Latifah, 'UNITY' wins Grammy

    Queen Latifah's hit 'UNITY' wins 'Best Rap Solo Performance'.
  • EAZY-E dies of aids.

    aged 31.
  • Jay-Z releases album 'Reasonable Doubt

    Jay-Z's debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' was certified platinum.
  • 2pac Murdered

    Tupac Shakur, a very succesful American hip-hop artist was shot in a drive-by shooting. He was 25 years old.
  • Eminem 'Slim Shady' released

    his debut backed by producer Dr. Dre
  • Eminem 'Lose Yourself' release

  • Jay-Z & Beyonce welcome Blue Ivy.

  • Nicki Minaj Drops 'Stupid H**'

  • Eminem holds concert at Wembley Stadium

  • Hip Hop continues on..

    At this point, hip-hop has officially become the most dominate genre in music.