In case you didn’t know, June is Black Music Month!
Yes, started in 1979 under President Carter, the month of June was officially declared as a time to honor the many contributions in music made by the African American community. From the soul-filled Rhythm & Blues to the raw unadulterated swagger of jazz, we as African Americans has left a lasting and incomparable impact in music. One of the most popular and recognized contributions today is hip hop. That’s right, whether you prefer the simplistic rhyming styles of the genre’s forefathers, like Sugar Hill Gang or you’re a fan of today’s generation of mumble-rappers – – Hip Hop has always been there to serve as an outlet for anguish and rebellion, providing an alternative to real-life violence and other dangerous behaviors.
So, in spirit of Black music month and our unwavering love of hip hop we’ve decided to recount our top moments where Hip hop proved to reign supreme in the world of music from it’s birth up until now!
Sugar Hill Gang
In 1979, the same year Black Music Month was received Sugar Hill Gang debuted their song, “Rapper’s Delight,” which is considered by many the first ever commercial rap record.
This iconic group was nominated for a Grammy in 1986 for “Best Duo or Group”- – despite not winning, this nomination later helped the Hip Hop genre score it’s own very category at the annual award show three years later.
Yo MTV Raps (1989)
A place where hip hop was given much needed exposure and credibility as a legitimate long-standing genre of music
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
Will Smith broke barriers for Hip Hop. Not only did Smith, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, win the first ever Grammy award for Best Hip Hop/Rap performance for his hit song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” but when this Philadelphia native nabbed his very own hot TV show in 1990 (The Fresh Prince Bel Air) he proved that the genre had major crossover appeal and it’s players were multi-talented and multi-faceted.
Former N.W.A member, Ice Cube flexes his movie making muscles as he pens the hit classic, ‘Friday’ in 1995, proving his unlimited capabilities and creativity and paving the way for rappers to expand their careers beyond music and be taken seriously behind the camera.
East Coast Vs. West Coast Feud (Tupac Vs. Biggie)
Need we say more?!…
This Fugees femcee simply changed the game for female rappers with the release of her legendary studio album, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’ The LP scored Hill a few Grammy wins, including album of the year, making her the second black woman to ever receive that honor and the ONLY female rapper to win that category at all.
In 1999 Jay Z founded his clothing company, Rocawear, which was was the start of his transition from musician to mogul, proving that emcees could also be business men
In 2017, Minaj breaks Aretha Franklin’s record for most Billboard Hot 100 Chart entrees (with 76 chart entrees)- – Setting new heights for female rappers to once again not just dominate the genre of hip hop but also become a top contender in the world of music in general.
Recently broke the record for most Billboard Awards wins in one night, by taking home a total of 13 wins at this years 2017 Billboard Awards.
Named the richest celebrity in Forbes Magazine’s most recent 2017 list.
In June of 2017, Jay-Z becomes the first rapper to be inducted into the songwriters Hall of fame.
The late star will be honored with an the coveted ASCAP Founders Award at 30th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards
The rapper’s efforts in Holywood and large contributions to music have scored him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tupac (All Eyez On Me) 2017
The California native and Hp Hop icon is finally receiving his very own biopic due this week in theaters!
What are your favorite hip hop moments? Let us know in the comments below!