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It Was a Very Good Year (for MCs)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From Public Enemy’s "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper," many of hip-hop’s seminal albums were released in 1988. They spawned subgenres that erupted in the 1990s -- and endure today. We ask Rolling’s Kyle Anderson and hip hop journalist Harry Allen what was in the water during hip-hop’s biggest year.


Harry Allen and Kyle Anderson

Comments [4]

Lena from Yonkers, NY

I believe that the hard-hitting emergence of hip-hop on the scene in 1988 sent out an undectable message over the radio waves. The message: "White America will hear and observe the Black experience." The irony is not lost on me that as hip-hop was gaining it's public voice (hip-hop was popular WAY before 1988), that was when rappers got some of the rawest deals financially for putting their genius on 'wax'.

Mar. 05 2008 02:23 PM
Papa in Brooklyn from Carroll Gardens

As a 14 year old boy growing up in the suburbs of upstate NY, 1988 was the year, in my mind, that white america discovered rap, and really black urban culture outside of the sports world and Michael Jordan taking over the world. I can't think of two bigger influences growing up.

Mar. 05 2008 02:14 PM
BenInBrooklyn from Park Slope

Bring that beat back! Bring that beat back!

Mar. 05 2008 09:48 AM
Adam Herbst from New York, NY

I don't rhyme for the sake of Ritalin.

Mar. 04 2008 03:04 PM

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