Old School Hip-Hop playlist featuring The Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J and more (Playlist)

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Why so serious? As I’ve listened to Licensed to Ill over the last 24 hours, it reminded me how much the subject matter of rap music has changed. Back in the day of The Beastie Boys, even the most serious rappers still had a sense of humor. In the spirit of the raucous humor The Beastie Boys, particularly MCA, brought back in the day, here’s a playlist of music from the early to mid-80’s that shows the lighter side of rap. You’ll hear music from Run-DMC, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Biz Markie, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys, the inspiration behind one of Biggie’s most quotable lines and more. Check it out below. Related: Interview of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin and playlist of Rick Rubin-produced tracks

Old School Hip-Hop Playlist featuring The Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, Whodini, Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh, Joeski Love, Kool Moe Dee, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J