This Throwback Playlist Celebrates The Hip-Hop That Is Never Played-Out. (Audio)

What is classic never goes out of style. In its 44th year, Hip-Hop music has plenty of that. There are records in five different decades that Rap music fans keep in rotation, no matter the medium (vinyl, CD, cassette, or digital). For those who are about the flows, beats, and styles that remain forever in vogue, we have compiled an 80-song, nearly 6-hour playlist to keep your party rockin’, head noddin’, and toes tappin’. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, this compilation goes back…way back.

On this AFH playlist, Heads can hear what it is often claimed (and sometimes debated) to be the first Gangsta Rap song (care of Schoolly D). They can hear back-to-back jams from The D.O.C., from a time when seemingly no one could do it better. There is an often overlooked Redman remix for Kris Kross, the rarely-mentioned Skinny Boys, and early, non X-rated 2 Live Crew. With artists including Souls of Mischief, Gang Starr, Run-D.M.C., Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Roots, The Pharcyde, DJ Quik, Outkast, ONYX, Camp Lo, Digable Planets, Tupac, Bahamadia, The Beatnuts, Dr. Dre, Lauryn Hill and more, all coasts, and then some are covered. This playlist will be updated regularly, so follow it, if you like what you hear.

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