Ice Cube mixed revolutionary rhetoric with gangsta bravado for an incendiary solo debut. (93/100)

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At the height of the shiny suit era, the original Ruff Ryder conquered hip-hop with raw intensity

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With their funk fueled debut, EPMD embodied the east and laid a blueprint for the west. (90/100)

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Teen Vogue drops two women of color from leadership in the name of “anti-racism”

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With a genre in disarray, Jay-Z seized the throne with hip-hop’s most calculated classic. (86/100)

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Salt-N-Pepa’s barrier-pushing debut spiced up hip-hop with a dash of femininity. (82.5/100)

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The Star-Spangled history of the anthem in sports, and why its time has passed

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A journey through the jams that defined the often overlooked hip-hop pioneers.

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1. “Magic’s Wand” (1982)

In a year of sickness, anger, and fear, music’s most outspoken genre had a lot to say.

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By embodying the rhythms of the bottom, A Tribe Called Quest solidified their spot atop hip-hop. (95/100)

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Jeffrey Harvey

Cynical idealist, vintage futurist, habitual line stepper. I write on all things modern culture: media, technology, politics, and according to Medium, movies.

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