Steady B, Life in Prison

A 1980's rapper pulls a caper and pays the consequences in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

Def Jam signs with CBS Records.

Def Jam goes from a cottage business in an NYC dorm room to a major record label.

Deep Cuts from 1985 from the Hip Hop Family Tree

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Beastie Boys Tour with Madonna

With less than a handful of songs the Beastie Boys got to tour cross-country in 1985 during Madonna's "Virgin" tour.

Krush Groove (part 2) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

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Krush Groove (part 1) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about one of the biggest Hip Hop movies of the 1980s.

Krush Groove is Near...

This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is the prelude to one of the greatest rap-inspired movies of the 1980s.

Russell Simmons, Mogul of Hip Hop

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Run DMC's King of Rock

The rap group's second album on the road to their massive success is covered in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

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.

Mc Shan and Marley Marl

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.

The Show by Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick

A little bit of information about one of the most recognizably sampled records in the history of rap music in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

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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