Guide to 90s Music

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Compared to other eras, the concept of 90s music is quite difficult to pin down. Eccentric and wide-ranging, the decade challenges easy labeling. The cross-pollination of music in the 1990s has left a boundary-breaking legacy that remains today. Teen pop and dance-pop trends, which started in the 1970s and 1980s, continued in … Read more

Guide to the Top R&B and Hip Hop Music Artists of the 80s

The Sugarhill Gang

The 80s is often hailed as the ‘golden age of hip-hop,’ and it’s really not hard to see why. Several artists such as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash. Run DMC and the Furious Five are just some of the groups and artists that changed the face and history of rap and hip-hop forever. … Read more

History of Gangsta Rap

black and white panoramic shot of the famous gangsta group N.W.A

Gangsta rap is a form of hip-hop music which became the genre’s main style during the 1990s. Aside from that, it also became a reflection and product of the violent lifestyle of American inner cities that is affected by poverty along with the dangers of drug dealing and abuse. The romanization of … Read more

The Musical Legacy Of Motown Records

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Music has enjoyed unprecedented growth and development over the course of human history, and as with everything popular, music too is regulated by published under various names. There is no shortage of record labels out there, but often only the biggest ones are actually really known about. One record label that has … Read more

Artist Profile: Public Enemy

Formed in 1986 in Long Island, New York, Public Enemy is a hip hop group that consists of Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, Keith Schocklee, and Chuck D. Keith. They are popularly known for their politically charged music, their active interest in the concerns of the African American community, and their criticism of … Read more

Artist Profile: Beastie Boys

Formed in New York City in 1981, the Beastie Boys was a hip hop group that is composed of Adam Yauch on vocals and bass, Michael Diamond on vocals and drums, and Adam Horovitz on vocals and guitar. Beastie Boys started as a hardcore punk band but they eventually made a full … Read more

Artist Profile: Bobby Brown

Robert Barisford Brown or more popularly known as Bobby Brown is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, and occasional rapper. He was one of the biggest R&B stars during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and he popularized new jack swing, synth-funk, hip-hop rhythms with a blend of a classic soul which often featured … Read more

Artist Profile: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a hip-hop group that was composed of Grandmaster Flash or Joseph Saddler, The Kidd Creole, Keith Cowboy, Melle Mel, Raheim, and Mr. Ness. They are popularly known for using break-beat DJing style, turntablism, and … Read more

Artist Profile: Salt-N-Pepa

Artist Profile: Salt N Pepa

This iconic hip-hop girl group was formed in 1985 and it consists of Salt or Cheryl James, DJ Spinderella or Deidra Roper, and Pepa or Sandra Denton. Salt-N-Pepa was the girl group who was responsible for the hit album “Hot, Cool & Vicious” which made them the first female all-girl rap group … Read more

Artist Profile: Erik B & Rakim

Erik B & Rakim

Although they never had a mainstream hit, Eric B. and Rakim were almost universally recognized as the premier DJ/MC team in all of the hip-hop during rap’s golden age in the late 1980s. The duo’s chemistry is superb and they also represented each of their art in their respective skills. Rakim managed … Read more

Artist Profile: De La Soul

De La Soul

De La Soul is a hip-hop trio that was formed in Amytiville, Long Island, New York in 1987. They are famous for their electric sampling, songs with quirky lyrics, and their contributions to jazz rap and alternative hip-hop. Throughout their career, they have made four critically acclaimed albums that changed the world … Read more

Artist Profile: LL Cool J

Artist Profile: LL Cool J

Hip-hip is the music genre that is known for short-lived careers, but one rapper proved that he was an exception to the rule and he was LL Cool J. He was the rapper responsible for several hit albums such as “Walking with a Panther”, “ Bigger and Deffer”, “Mr. Smith”, “14 Shots … Read more

Run-DMC

Run DMC

Formed in Queens, New York, Run-DMC is an American hip-hop group that is composed of Darryl McDaniels, Jazon Mizell, and Joseph Simmons. They’re known to be one of hip-hop’s most influential acts and one of the most famous hip-hop groups that emerged in the 80’s. They were the first ever group in … Read more

5 Tips to buying hip hop beats

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When it comes to buying beats, there are many things you need to be aware of before you commit yourself to make a purchase online or elsewhere. As an artist or as a producer, you want to be sure of the beats you buy are what you will use in your music … Read more

Introduction to Joe Tex

Joe Tex

  Early life and music career Soul singer-songwriter Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington Jr. in Rogers, Texas, in 1933. Musically talented, he was already playing baritone saxophone and singing in their local church. Tex entered several local singing contests. He won a cash prize (plus a trip to New York City) … Read more