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Happy Birthday to Kool Moe Dee, Who Transformed the Nature of Battle Rap (Video)

On August 8, 1962, a man was born who would revolutionize the way freestyle battles operated, forever leaving his mark on Hip-Hop. Years before he would have that impact, however, he was already forging the path of a pioneer, finding success in the early days of a culture that many... Read more

Do Remember: Run DMC vs. Kool Moe Dee on “Graffiti Rock” (Video)

It was 1984 and New York City was home to a youth culture that was piquing the interest of not only its residents, but also the press. Hip-Hop was steadily becoming an identifiable culture to outsiders, and its unique styles of dance, fashion, music, and language was infectious. Its appeal... Read more

Sugar Hill Records introduced hip-hop to most of the world. Nuff said. They are the 4th most important hip-hop record label of all time.

#4 Sugar Hill Records Much has been written about the allegedly shady past of Sugar Hill Records and the lack of credibility of the Sugar Hill Gang (many of Big Bank Hank's rhymes were actually bitten from Grandmaster Caz). Regardless, it cannot be denied that most people had never even... Read more

We lost the godmother of hip-hop earlier this week. Sylvia Robinson, the co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, passed away on Thursday. Here’s a playlist of some of the music from Sugar Hill. You’ll hear music from The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, The Treacherous Three, The Funky 4 +1, The Sequence and more. RIP Sylvia Robinson.

She put out 2 of the most important records in hip-hop history.  Rapper's Delight was the first record to put hip-hop on the global map and The Message forever changed the notion of what hip-hop could be. Click below to hear the playlist.... Read more