Slick Rick

Slick Rick is one of the few original big name New York City rappers that still has a name today. While he wasn’t born in New York his parents moved from South Wimbledon, England to the Bronx in 1975, when he was only eleven years old. Rick’s first major recording was in 1985 and since [...]

De La Soul

I first heard De La Soul on Yo! MTV Raps back in 1990, the song was “Me, Myself and I”. At the time I didn’t think much of it the song was catchy but didn’t make me want to run out and buy the album or single to attain it for my personal collection. That [...]

Boogie Down Productions

For me Boogie Down Productions will always have a special place in my heart. It’s the first rap group that I really connected with as a youth. At that time in the early nineties there was a lot of hype about rap being bad for kids. There were even campaigns to get rap banned altogether [...]

Gang Starr

Gang Starr with a handful of other acts defined the New York hip hop sound in the late eighties, early nineties.  Oddly enough the primary founder of Gang Starr, Guru, isn’t even from New York City, he was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts but after years lived in Boston he decided to move down [...]

Del tha Funkee Homosapien

Del tha Funkee Homosapien released his first album in 1991 and has been active in the rap community ever since(at times more then others).  He got his start partially because of his cousin, Ice Cube(for those that don’t know Ice Cube was a founding member of NWA, a group that was the originator of hard [...]