The Golden Age of Hip-Hop

The Golden Age of Hip-Hop

Now that you’ve been sufficiently schooled in The Birth of Hip-Hop, it’s time to wrap your Kangol-hatted head around an era rightfully known as The Golden Age of Hip-Hop. Why was it “golden,” you ask? No other period, before or since, produced anywhere near the level of quality, innovation, and influence as the years bookended by 1986 and 1992. East Coast, West Coast, old school, new school: the game had come of age, throwing down a welcome mat for anyone with the skills to step up. DJs elevated the sweet steel science, selecting and combining truckloads of samples from half-a-century of recorded music — jazz, soul, rock ’n’ roll. MCs dropped the elementary wordplay of their predecessors, spitting complex rhymes with jaw-dropping technique. Legends like Public Enemy, Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A., Boogie Down Productions, and Eric B. & Rakim were born seemingly every other week. A culture that was once the Bronx’s alone had gone nationwide, and it wasn’t coming back anytime soon. From the gangsta to the “conscious,” from hip-pop to hardcore, The Golden Age of Hip-Hop is the greatest age of hip-hop, as our dope-ass 30-track mixtape makes abundantly clear.

Full track list:
Eric B. & Rakim - "Paid In Full" | The Beastie Boys - "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" | Public Enemy - "Rebel Without A Pause" | Run DMC - "My Adidas" | N.W.A - "Straight Outta Compton" | Boogie Down Productions - "My Philosophy" | L.L. Cool J - "I Can't Live Without My Radio" | MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This" | De La Soul - "Me, Myself And I" | Biz Markie - Just A Friend | DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime" | Tone-Loc - "Wild Thing" | Young MC - "Bust A Move" | Slick Rick - "Children's Story" | Big Daddy Kane - "Aint No Half Steppin'" | 2 Live Crew - "Me So Horny" | A Tribe Called Quest - "Scenario" | House Of Pain - "Jump Around" | Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick - "The Show" | Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - "It Takes Two" | Naughty By Nature - "Hip Hop Hooray" | Ice-T - "New Jack Hustler" | Cypress Hill - "How I Could Just Kill A Man" | "Heavy D & The Boyz - Now That We Found Love (feat. Aaron Hall)" | Ladies First - "Queen Latifah (feat. Monie Love)" | Geto Boys - "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" | EPMD - "Crossover" | Gang Starr - "Mass Appeal" | Tha Pharcyde - "Passing Me By" | 3rd Bass - "The Gas Face"

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