Introducing Boogie Down Productions

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KRS-ONE, DJ Scott La Rock, and several emcees from the homeless shelter combine to create a legendary collective in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

KRS-One discovers Scott La Rock is a DJ

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Looks are deceiving when KRS-One finds out that the social worker at his homeless shelter has skills on the wheels of steel.

LL Cool J's First LP, Radio

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The first full length album from Def Jam Records in 1985 with special vocal appearance by Russell "Rush" Simmons.

World Class Wreckin' Cru was Dr. Dre's first LP

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Dr. Dre got his first 10,000 hrs practice with the World Class Wreckin' Cru before his career with NWA and beyond.

Steady B, Life in Prison

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A 1980's rapper pulls a caper and pays the consequences in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

Deep Cuts from 1985 from the Hip Hop Family Tree

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Beastie Boys Tour with Madonna

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With less than a handful of songs the Beastie Boys got to tour cross-country in 1985 during Madonna's "Virgin" tour.

Krush Groove (part 2) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

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Krush Groove (part 1) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about one of the biggest Hip Hop movies of the 1980s.

Krush Groove is Near...

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is the prelude to one of the greatest rap-inspired movies of the 1980s.

Russell Simmons, Mogul of Hip Hop

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Schoolly D's Influential Hit: PSK, What Does It Mean?

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about the man who created gangster rap.

Ice T Deals With A Setback

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A severe car crash prompts Ice T to rethink his life situation leading to choosing either the criminal life, or to roll the dice and take the music business seriously.

Mc Shan and Marley Marl

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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.

Salt 'N' Pepa's Here...

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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.

The MOVE Organization vs. The Philadelphia Police pt 2

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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).

The MOVE Organization vs. The Philadelphia Police pt 1

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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.

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