Russell Simmons Raps On A Record

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… and keeps all the money

Beastie Boys Rock Hard

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

Toddy Tee's Batterram

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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.

Freeway Ricky Ross

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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.

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?

Dr. Dre Meets Ice Cube

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

Dr. Dre's First Records

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You better beware.

Egyptian Lover, Egypt Egypt

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

The Fresh Prince Meets DJ Jazzy Jeff

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

Hip Hop Family Tree: DJ Jazzy Jeff

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

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.

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.

Hip Hop Family Tree: Beat Street

A campy Hollywood moment from Hip Hop history.

Hip Hop Family Tree: Beat Street Screenplay Gets Greenlit!

The production of the feature film "Beat Street" is one step further in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree: Prelude to Beat Street

Setting the cornerstones for the 1984 Hip Hop motion picture, Beat Street, in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree: Beasties meet Russell Simmons

The second Def Jam release is imminent in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

Hip Hop Family Tree: Breakin' the movie

A short strip about the notorious feature film, Breakin' in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

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