The Last Poets (name for several groups of African American poets and musician) release their debut album
James Brown (an artist and musician who is also one of the founding fathers of funk) releases ‘The Big Payback’
An immigrant from Kingston, Jamaica named Clive Campbell starts to DJ
-Kool Herc (a Jamaican DJ who is given credit for originating hip hop music) invents a different way of DJing
1972 - 1973
DJ Hollywood ( an American old school hip hop DJ and rapper) begins rhyming over popular hits
Lovebug Starski (an American MC, musician, and record producer) comes up with the term “Hip-Hop”
1974 - 1976
‘Four Elements’ of hip-hop invented: DJing, Breaking, Graf Artists, and MCing
Kool Herc coins the term break-boy
Grandmaster Flash (an American hip hop recording artist and DJ) starts to mix two songs together to create another type of DJing which eventually leads to rap
Theodore ( a 13 year old DJ beginner) starts Djing for parties and accidentally sliding the record under the needle and creates another technique called "Scratching"
1977 - 1979
Break dancers are found in the Bronx
MC Crews (a concert) formed in Harlem
Russell "Rush" Simmons (an American business magnate) convinces Kool DJ Kurt (founder of the Hip Hop Church) to begin rapping
DJing is now the primary source of Hip-Hop
1979 - 1981
'Lady B'(one of the earliest female rappers in hip hop) begins spinning hip-hop records and later that year, she also becomes one of hip-hop's first female artists when she releases "To the Beat Y'all."
The first mainstream rap song is released:'King Tim III (Personality Jock)'(a song by the Fatback Band
Kurtis Blow becomes the first rapper to sign a record deal with a major label
Sylvia Robinson (a record producer) founds a rap group called 'The Sugarhill Gang'
Guy "Raheim" Williams and Eddie "Scorpio" Morris (2 famous rappers) and change their name to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Turntablism (the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using direct-drive turntables and a DJ mixer) is created
Whodini ( a hip hop group that was formed in 1981) becomes the first rap group to shoot an official video
1982 - 1985
Hollywood's first foray into hip-hop culture film
Run DMC (an American hip hop group) works on a single and makes a deal with Profile Records
Rap starts focusing on the category of inner-city poverty
Run-D.M.C. release their first single
Beastie Boys (an American hip hop band from New York City) switch their sound from punk to rap
Beat boxing starts
Russell Simmons runs a studio in his partners' college dorm room
"Roxanne, Roxanne" becomes one of the most popular rap songs
Rubin tries to recruit a rapper for his new label
Def Jam ( a hip hop music label) issues it's first single
1985 - 1987
Kris Parker and Scott Sterling, aka Scott La Rock (tow homeless but talented rappers),meet at a Bronx homeless shelter and form a rap group called Boogie Down Productions
Doug E. Fresh (an American rapper, record producer, and beat boxer) records his classic single
Run DMC (an American hip hop group)release their second album, 'King of Rock' this inspires the combination of rap and hard rock mixed together
Def Jam release their first album
Run DMC release their third album, "Raising Hell"
"Raising Hell" places Run-D.M.C. as "The kings of the rap world"
first White rap group, the Beastie Boys, release their album, "Licensed to Ill," on Def Jam Records which becomes the best-selling rap album of the decade
A new hip-hop duo named Eric B. & Rakim ( an American hip hop duo) release their first single
Run-D.M.C. becomes the first rap group nominated for a Grammy
Salt-N-Pepa is a new female rap group
Public Enemy (an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff) is signed to Def Jam
1987 - 1989
Boogie Down Productions ( a hip hop group that was originally composed of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock) releases their album, "Criminal Minded" trying a hard core approach
Public Enemy (an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff) release their album, "Yo! Bum Rush the Show" which doesn't make it on the charts, but is noticed by critics
Cameron Paul (a record owner) remixes 'Push It,' a tune from Salt-N-Pepa's year-old album which is listed 19 on the charts and gets a Grammy
Ruthless Records (a record company) is opened
Eric B. & Rakim (an American hip hop duo) release their album, "Paid In Full"
Ice-T ( an American rapper, singer and actor), releases his album, "Rhyme Pays"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (an American hip hop duo) duo in "Rock the House"
Erick Sermon (an American rapper, musician, and record producer) and Parrish Smith (an east coast rapper from Long Island) became one of the most celebrated duo's
Boogie Down Productions (a hip hop group that was originally composed of KRS-One, D-Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock) begins production on their second album
the first female hardcore rapper signed to a major label
Public Enemy release their second album, "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back"
Ice-T's second album, "Power," is the first rap album to carry a Parental Advisory warning label
Afrika Bambaataa (an American DJ from the South Bronx) froms the Native Tongues (a collective of late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop artists known for their positive-minded, good-natured lyrics) crew and recruits Queen Latifah (an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess)
N.W.A. (an American hip hop group from California) releases their first full-fledged album
the Jungle Brothers (an American hip hop group that founded the fusion of jazz and hip-hop and became the first hip-hop group to use a house-music producer), release their debut album
1989 - 1990
Public Enemy release their third album
Grammy committee announces that rap will be given it's own official Grammy category
Queen Latifah releases her debut album
Ice Cube (an American hip hop artist, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director), a rapper in N.W.A. states that he is leaving the group
De La Soul (an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island) release their new album on Tommy Boy Records