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.
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
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.
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.
The guys from 2 Live Crew were a California group made up of Air Force recruits. Who'd have guessed?
"Just don't get too big for your britches, Andre"
A 1984 west coast classic from the Hip Hop Family Tree.
This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip introduces arguably the biggest superstar Hip Hop ever created.
This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip travels away from NYC to West Philadelphia.