Hip Hop Family Tree: Odd Classics of 1984

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree covers some overlooked gems from rap music's past. By Ed Piskor

The Hip Hop Radio Station KDAY and Dr. Dre

The first 24/7 Hip Hop radio station, KDAY in LA plus Dr. Dre's involvement in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Afrika Bambaataa Collaborates with James Brown and Johnny Rotten

This week's Hip Hop Family Strip is of David Bowie/Bing Crosby proportions. By Ed Piskor

Rakim and Biz Markie

The next generation of Hip Hop All Stars are beginning to form in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

Davy DMX, Influential Early Hip Hop Mega-Producer

The career of Davy DMX spans Hip Hop before Rap records up to his music being sampled today by a new generation of artists. He's the focus of this week's Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Schoolly D: Inventor of Gangster Rap

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree covers Gangster Boogie by Schoolly D, an influential artist who inspired the west coast direction spearheaded by Ice T and NWA.

Egyptian Lover: West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer

Taking things to Los Angeles during the early 1980's in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

KRS ONE meets his future DJ and doesn't know it.

Introducing Boogie Down Productions DJ Scott La Rock into the fold in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor.

Roxanne's Revenge!

The "Roxanne Wars" of the '80s officially begin with this song by 14 yr old Roxanne Shante in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

The song that sparked the infamous "Roxanne Wars"

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree on how we were introduced to colorful MCs like Roxanne Shante.

Subway Art

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip highlights the famous photo-book by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. By Ed Piskor

Fresh Fest '84

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip features the first national rap music tour, the Swatch Watch New York City Fresh Fest `84, by Ed Piskor.

The First Major Rap Music Tour: A Prelude

Building toward the NYC Swatch Watch Fresh Festival in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor

I Need A Beat, by LL Cool J

The recording debut of young LL Cool J starts off the infamous Def Jam label. A new Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

MC Hammer trading card

Factoids and trivia about one of the most popular rappers in history. New Hip Hop Family Tree strips begin next Tuesday.

Slick Rick Trading Card

Hip Hop Family Tree trading card #23 by Ed Piskor

LL Cool J Makes a Demo

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons conspire to create their own record company in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor,

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