Eric B. & Rakim raise the bar of emceeing with "Eric. B Is President".
The Beastie Boys issue their debut album Licensed to Ill.
Ice-T releases "6 N' The Morning".
KRS-One & DJ Scott La Rock (as Boogie Down Productions) record "The Bridge Is Over" in response to MC Shan's "The Bridge" sparking one of the most famous battles in Hip-Hop history.
Run-D.M.C. breaks into the pop charts, MTV and mass media at large with their Hip-Hop remake of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way".
Public Enemy lets loose their debut album Yo! Bum Rush The Show.
Boogie Down Productions drop Criminal Minded.
DJ Scott LaRock is tragically killed in the South Bronx.
The compilation N.W.A. and the Posse featuring "Boyz-N-The-Hood" "Dopeman" & "8-Ball" heralds Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre's first incarnation as N.W.A.
LL Cool J releases his Bigger And Deffer sophomore album.
On his How Ya Like Me Now, Kool Moe Dee ignites a lyrical battle with LL Cool J.
Hip-Hop reaches a wider mainstream audience through "Yo! MTV Raps".
Slick Rick elevates the art of storytelling on The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
Big Daddy Kane flips the script with his debut LP Long Live The Kane.
Public Enemy revolutionize rap with It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
N.W.A. bring so-called 'Gangsta Rap' to the National spotlight (and the FBI's attention) with their album Straight Outta Compton.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince explain why "Parents Just Don't Understand" on He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper.
Ultramagnetic MC's unleash their Critical Beatdown.
Jungle Brothers emerge with Straight Out The Jungle.
De La Soul debut their change in speak with Three Feet High and Rising and immortalize the 'Native Tongues' on their "Buddy (remix)".
Houston's Geto Boys reforms with Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill who become the driving force behind the first wave of Southern Rap.
The D.O.C. shows Hip-Hop fans No One Can Do It Better on his debut album.
Queen Latifah (with the help of Monie Love) prove why it is "Ladies First" on her debut album All Hail the Queen.
MC Hammer changes the game with Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em.
The landmark "Stretch & Bobbito" radio show launches on WKCR in New York.
A Tribe Called Quest takes listeners on a journey with their debut People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm.
Ice Cube leaves N.W.A. and goes solo on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.
Arrests are made over the selling of 2 Live Crew's controversial album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
Digital Underground hire a teenage Tupac Shakur as a back-up dancer and roadie.
N.W.A.'s Efil4Zaggin debuts at #1 on the pop charts.
L.O.N.S.' Busta Rhymes shines on the A Tribe Called Quest posse cut "Scenario" blazing the trail for his hell-raising guest cameos and successful solo career.
Main Source's "Live At The Barbeque" from Breaking Atoms marks the first appearance of 'Nasty' Nas.
Cypress Hill gets high on the charts with their self-titled debut album.
2Pac discharges his debut 2Pacalypse Now.
Dr. Dre drops "Deep Cover" in the summer, which sets up his new protege Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Dr. Dre, with Suge Knight, forms Death Row Records. In December, Dre changes the game sonically with The Chronic.
Big Punisher becomes the first solo Latino rapper to go platinum.
Mary J. Blige is christened the 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' after the enormous success of her debut What's The 411?
Record mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs signs The Notorious B.I.G. to his newly formed Bad Boy Records.
Wu-Tang Clan conceive an entire cosmology with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Snoop Doggy Dogg releases Doggystyle.
HOT 97 switches from its dance format to "Where Hip-Hop Lives" hiring DJ Funkmaster Flex.
The Roots independently release their self-produced Organix CD.
Nas debut album Illmatic is an instant classic.
Notorious B.I.G. drops Ready To Die.
OutKast, Atlanta's dynamic duo of Andre 3000 & Big Boi, release their debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
2Pac is robbed and shot 5 times in the lobby of Quad Studios in Manhattan then serves 8 months in prison.
Eazy-E dies of AIDS at the age of 31.
2Pac signs with Death Row Records after Suge Knight posts his $1.4 million bail.
Master P, who put New Orleans on the Hip-Hop map with his No Limit Records, signs a huge distribution deal with Priority.
Indie Label Rawkus Records forms, championing the careers of Mos Def & Talib Kweli among others.
Jay-Z drops an instant classic with Reasonable Doubt.
2Pac is killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Notorious B.I.G. is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott shatters the glass ceiling with her debut Supa Dupa Fly.
Lauryn Hill's watershed debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill scores her 10 GRAMMY nominations and 5 wins.
Eminem debuts with The Slim Shady LP.
Production duo The Neptunes dominate the airwaves.
Dr. Dre releases his eagerly anticipated follow up 2001.