The Most Important Events in Hip-Hop by Year: 1973-Present

Throughout its historical past, hip-hop has offered the world with loads of headlines. We're having a look at an important occasions within the style's historical past which have taken place in annually since 1973.

These are the moments that your entire hip-hop world was speaking about. This contains the technical improvements that allowed the nascent artwork kind to develop within the time between DJ Kool Herc's legendary get together in 1973 and the discharge of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, when Cypress Hill received banned from Saturday Night Live for smoking marijuana on-camera and the way the neighborhood got here collectively to assist elect Barack Obama as president of the United States.

We've additionally included occasions the place hip-hop made better inroads into mainstream American tradition, comparable to when Blondie and Aerosmith broke down the partitions between genres, Elton John defended Eminem towards fees of homophobia by performing with him on the Grammys and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical turned the most popular ticket on Broadway.

But that's additionally meant that we've needed to level out occasions when the headlines weren't constructive, together with the killings of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. six months aside, 2 Live Crew's run-ins with the regulation and Puff Daddy's arrest after a gun went off in a Manhattan nightclub.

And, after all, there's the music. We've spotlighted genre-defining tracks and albums like Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message," Eric B. & Rakim's debut launch, Paid in Full and newer efforts by Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

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