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Ed Piskor

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Mc Shan and Marley Marl

Building DJ Marley Marl's rap stable with one more emcee on the road to creating the legendary "Juice Crew" in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.Read the rest

The Show by Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick

A little bit of information about one of the most recognizably sampled records in the history of rap music in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.Read the rest

Salt 'N' Pepa's Here...

Introducing the baddest ladies of rap to the Hip Hop Family Tree in this week's strip. Spinderella comes later. More than one Spinderella, actually. Stay tuned.Read the rest

The MOVE Organization vs. The Philadelphia Police pt 2

A famous phrase in rap and pop culture gets that way thanks to the help of a terrible tragedy explained in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree (Yes, we know the record existed before the events).Read the rest

The MOVE Organization vs. The Philadelphia Police pt 1

This conflict exacerbated into a major tragedy that also popularized a famous, existing Hip Hop chant. The prelude in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.Read the rest

Russell Simmons Raps On A Record

… and keeps all the moneyRead the rest

Beastie Boys Rock Hard

Celebrating the first Beastie Boys Rap Record from Def Jam, rarely heard because of the prominent AC/DC sample.Read the rest

Toddy Tee's Batterram

In the early 80s the LAPD would drive tanks through homes suspected of being crack dens. Batterram was Toddy Tee's rap response to this moment in history.Read the rest

Freeway Ricky Ross

A story about the biggest cocaine trafficker in Los Angeles, who also left a big impact on the developing Hip Hop culture of the region in the 1980s.Read the rest

2 Live Crew take their chances in Miami

The guys from 2 Live Crew were a California group made up of Air Force recruits. Who'd have guessed? Read the rest

Dr. Dre Meets Ice Cube

"Just don't get too big for your britches, Andre"Read the rest

Dr. Dre's First Records

You better beware.Read the rest

Egyptian Lover, Egypt Egypt

A 1984 west coast classic from the Hip Hop Family Tree.Read the rest

The Fresh Prince Meets DJ Jazzy Jeff

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip introduces arguably the biggest superstar Hip Hop ever created. Read the rest

Hip Hop Family Tree: DJ Jazzy Jeff

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip travels away from NYC to West Philadelphia.Read the rest

Beat This: A Hip Hop History (1984 BBC documentary)

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about an obscure TV documentary from 1984 when Hip Hop was still trying to figure out what it was going to be. Read the rest

The Cameos of Beat Street

The special performances by the pioneers of the Hip Hop Family Tree might be the most interesting part of the movie Beat Street. Read the rest