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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Subway Art

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Slick Rick Trading Card

Hip Hop Family Tree trading card #23 by Ed Piskor

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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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Krs-One was a Teenage Drug Courier pt. 2

A Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

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Krs-One was a Teenage Drug Courier

A Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor.

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Meet Lyor Cohen, president of Def Jam Recordings

Introducing the future CEO into the Hip Hop Family Tree. By Ed Piskor

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Ladies Love Cool James

This week’s Hip Hop Family Tree strip introduces LL Cool J into the fold. By Ed Piskor

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Kriss Kross

Check out Hip Hop Family Tree Trading Card #122 from Ed Piskor. The trading cards feature will be the best place to see your favorite rappers who come later on in the timeline in the HHFT comics series. Whose card would you like to see next?

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Basketball by Kurtis Blow

The week’s Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor about the origin of the famous Kurtis Blow anthem.

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Whodini's Album Escape Goes Platinum

A new tale in the Hip Hop Family Tree, by Ed Piskor

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Russell Simmons Meets Rick Rubin

Capturing a key moment in Hip Hop History with the meeting of the Def Jam originators in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor.

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The Treacherous Three vs. Run DMC

Behind the scenes scoop on the infamous Graffiti Rock battle in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor.

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The Graffiti Rock TV Pilot

Part 1 of a strip detailing the infamous dance television show that never became a series. The latest from Ed Piskor‘s Hip Hop Family Tree.

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Run-DMC invades MTV

The Run-DMC Rock Box is the first major rap video to premiere on MTV in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree, by Ed Piskor.

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Run-DMC vs guitars

Run-DMC sees exponential success in the latest page from Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree

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How Disco 3 became The Fat Boys

The latest from Ed Piskors’ Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree.

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1984 Doug E Fresh and MC Ricky D Bootlegs

Ed Piskor presents the latest from The Hip Hop Family Tree

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