A 1980's rapper pulls a caper and pays the consequences in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.
Def Jam goes from a cottage business in an NYC dorm room to a major record label.
With less than a handful of songs the Beastie Boys got to tour cross-country in 1985 during Madonna's "Virgin" tour.
This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about one of the biggest Hip Hop movies of the 1980s.
This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is the prelude to one of the greatest rap-inspired movies of the 1980s.
This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about the man who created gangster rap.
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.
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.
Hip Hop Family Tree cartoonist Ed Piskor was interviewed by CBR when he was at Comicon earlier this summer. The comic started on Boing Boing as a weekly strip in 2011 and continues to run every week here.
Congratulations to Ed for winning the Eisner Award, too!
This video was shot and edited by Eric Mittleman, who produces videos for Boing Boing.
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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.
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).
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.
… and keeps all the money
Celebrating the first Beastie Boys Rap Record from Def Jam, rarely heard because of the prominent AC/DC sample.