By 1990, hip-hop culture had inspired regional scenes across the United States. A series of maps attempted to mark the changes.
Chubb Rock’s reputation as a solid, oft-underrated contributor to hip-hop’s golden era is belied by his best-known hit.
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., a Samoan family band from Los Angeles, are fondly remembered for their memorable role in early West Coast hip-hop.
The Jungle Brothers may have been underrated in America, but they found a receptive audience in Europe, leading to two top-40 UK hits.
While not as essential as the duo’s earlier work, this hit swings with the verve of a master craftsman stepping out of his comfort zone.
BWP’s sharp, raunchy shot at under-performing men remains catnip for fans looking for precursors to today’s smack-talking rap women.
This 12-inch is arguably Bronx heroes Boogie Down Productions’ last great single, and one of the finest story raps of the era.
On “Gold Digger,” EPMD sticks to their rugged jeep-funk formula with an amusing concept about devious ladies and a Funkadelic sample.
“Cause I Can Do It Right” is an inflection point for a rapper struggling to maintain momentum as a New Jack lover man.
Throughout the 90s, Above the Law would score bigger and better music. But they never matched the impact of their first two hits.
Before transitioning into a behind-the-scenes industry role, Coney Island rapper MC Mitchski self-released this 12-inch beloved by diggers.
It would be several years before Mac Dre evolved into the Thizz jester. But the blueprint of the Vallejo rap legend was already present.