- Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981) (Track) Features heavy scratching and sampling
- The Message (Track) (1982) First mainstream song to provide social commentary, rather than lyrics about partying.
- Invention of the cross fader (Allows switching between decks)
- Invention of the backspin technique (Spinning to a certain part on the record)
- use of Punch phrasing (Short phrases from samples)
- Sugarhill Gang
- G.M Flowers
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The Sugarhill Gang
- Apache (1981)
- Rapper's Delight (1979) First song to become 'mainstream' Lyrics are fun/catchy. Uses sample from Chic's "Good times"
- Considered to be the first act to put hip hop in the charts
- LL Cool J
- Beastie Boys
- Run DMC
- Will Smith
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- Straight outta Compton (1988)
- Fuck tha Police (1988) provoked the FBI to caution N.W.A's record company about the lyrics. The slogan continues to influence pop culture.
- One of the first acts to "Glamourise" the gangsta lifestyle
- Controversial lyrics
- Tupac Public Enemy Beastie Boys
- Snoop Dogg G.M Flash LL Cool J
- Eminem Run DMC
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- Fight the Power (1989) incorporates various samples and allusions to African - American Culture, including civil rights exhortations, black church services, and the music of James Brown.
- Public enemy #1 (1987)
- One of the first groups to do well internationally
- One of the only groups to show political/social/cultural consciousness
- Busta Rhymes
- Ice Cube
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