Rap Timeline

Created by: Taylor Harrell

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"Rapper's Delight"

1970

Sugarhill Gang becomes increasingly popular after thier release of this song.

"The Big Payback"

1970

When recording this song, James Brown created a new technique involving groove over melody and spoken vocals.

Element of Hip Hop

1974

Afrika Bambaataa created the first four main elements of hip-hop. They consisted of art graffiti, deejaying, emceeing, and breaking.

Breakdancing come to life

1975

Breakdancing is inspired by many rappers and performed by dancers known as break boys.

Scratching of the record

1975

Grand Wizard created the famous "scratch" while holding the record still while trying to listen to his mother. This is used in the majority of modern deejaying.

"The Breaks"

1980

Kurtis Blow recieves the first gold single for his hit song and the invention of speed rapping begins to form.

"Wild Style"

1981

First music video to be realeased and was done by the group Magic Wand.

MTV and the Radio

1983

Run DMC, which recorded with famous rock band, Aerosmith, becomes the first rap band to have continuous airplay on television and the radio. Influenced and inspired many other rappers.

"The Message"

1983

Inner-city violence and poverty is sterotyped and focused on in this song recorded by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Inspiration and changes in genre.

1983

Many artists, such as the Beastie Boys, change from genres such as punk or rock to rap.

"Radio"

1984

Def Jam's first studio album release was with LL Cool J.

"Licensed to Ill"

1986

The Beastie Boys recording of this album became the greates selling rap album of all times.

"Can't Touch This"

1989

Mc Hammer starts his famous career with this popular song that raised all kinds of popularity within the genre.

"All Hail the Queen"

1989

Queen Latifah debuts her first album and becomes extremely popular.