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

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

Ice T Deals With A Setback

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.
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Watch: Interview Ed Piskor about Hip Hop Family Tree

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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Salt 'N' Pepa's Here...

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

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

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.

Russell Simmons Raps On A Record

… and keeps all the money
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Toddy Tee's Batterram

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

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

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

Dr. Dre's First Records

You better beware.

Egyptian Lover, Egypt Egypt

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.

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