Hip-hop also shifted toward being an integral part of pop culture with its influence on youth. Many popular artists at the time were able to straddle both worlds adding to hip-hop’s colorful cornucopia of songs during this era.
As we continue to celebrate Hip-Hop History Month for all of November, we're taking a moment to look back on the night of the 1995 Source Awards that changed hip-hop forever and how we look at the importance of awarding rappers with the accolades they deserve.
From the artists who undoubtedly launched the genre to the artists who followed up by creating sub-genres like gangsta rap and boom bap, there's tracks for everyone to enjoy. We compiled them into a list for our Finish The Lyric quiz. Test your knowledge below.
To celebrate the newly-enacted Hip-Hop History Month, officially passed by The U.S. Senate this past summer, our crew decided to honor 20 pioneers in the game, starting from the veterans of rap all the way to some current leaders of the new school.