[Road to 50] Rappers

[Road to 50] Rappers

As well as it being me turning 50 this year it is also the official 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop (the date of the famous party by Kool Herc in the Bronx).

I was 9 or 10 when I fell in love with hip hop. The art, the dance and the music. My first single was Herbie Hancock’s hip hop experiment ‘Rockit’ but I soon swapped that for a copy of "(Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew" - which was not a great song but it had an amazing graffiti cover featuring all the members of the crew which I studied for years. The first album I bought myself was ‘Street Sounds Electro 5’ (and every one from then on) and the first non compilation album I bought myself was Run DMC ‘Raising Hell’ (in a Woolworths in Hartlepool!).

I’ve never strayed from my love of hip hop and rap. It introduced me to jazz, soul, reggae and funk which I added to my soundtrack but rap always dominated - and later that 90s sound dominated that.

I’m not claiming this list is definitive, or really in an order other people would agree with but with minimal consideration it is the list that found its way to the page.

So happy gold anniversary hip hop - what a passing fad that turned out to be eh?!

  1. Jay-Z
  2. LL Cool J
  3. Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Lauryn Hill
  5. Q-Tip
  6. J.Cole
  7. Rakim
  8. Nas
  9. Killer Mike
  10. Kendrick Lamar
  11. Eminem
  12. Kanye West
  13. Black Thought
  14. Drake
  15. Ice-T
  16. Mos Def
  17. 2Pac
  18. GURU
  19. Chuck D
  20. Andre 3000
  21. Little Simz
  22. Big Pun
  23. Snoop Dogg
  24. KRS-One
  25. Ice Cube
  26. Ghostface Killa
  27. Kano
  28. Method Man
  29. Slick Rick
  30. Missy Elliot
  31. Masta Ace
  32. Jay Electronica
  33. Royce Da 5’9
  34. Joey BadA$$
  35. Jadakiss
  36. Rev Run
  37. Common
  38. Queen Latifah
  39. T.I.
  40. Kool Moe Dee
  41. Lupe Fiasco
  42. El-P
  43. Busta Rhymes
  44. Common
  45. Kool G Rap
  46. Melle Mel
  47. Schoolboy Q
  48. Nipsey Hustle
  49. Murs
  50. Dave