Golden Age of Hip-Hop

This gallery includes the representation of the Golden Age of Hip Hop during the late 1980's through the early 1990's.The gallery includes some of the music instruments used during its time, how the media was received in, and lastly some famous icons of the era.

This is an electronic Synthesizer created in 1985. During its release it was not very popular until the late 1980's. Artists started to use this instrument to create simplistic rhythm and beats. After the music is created, artists then add vocals to create powerful and inspirational lyrics.
One of the mediums that were popular at the time was the cassette tape. It was at the time; small, portable, and light. The cassette was a universal media that could have been inserted to a cassette player or a boom box which is equivalent to speakers and iPod docks of today. People would gather in front of neighbor’s houses to listen to the golden age of hip hop.
Like the previous picture, the boom box was a hit starting in the late 80’s. Back in the day, people everywhere around the country would gather together to listen to hip hop on the radio or via cassette player conveniently installed in the boom box. The movement of the boom box gained momentum because it was portable and only needed batteries to run. They came in different sizes and later on, artists were able to dub their own voice onto cassette tapes. Because of the portability and able to make mix music on the go, the boom box was a success until the rise of compact discs.
One of the influential icons of the time was Dr. Dre. Born as Andre Romelle Young, he is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He began his career as a member of the “World Class Wreckin’ Cru” and later found fame with rap groups such as Ice Cube. He eventually helped Snoop Dogg to his fame.
O’Shea Jackson, better known as his stage name, Ice Cube was a contributor to the “gansta “rap group N.W.A. He is considered one of the founding artists of “gansta rap”. During his time as a rapper, he had emphasis in great story telling. ALLmusic, an online music guide, declared him as “one of hip-hop's best and most controversial artists, as well as ‘one of rap's greatest storytellers ‘”
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. He was discovered originally by Dr. Dre and was first featured in Dr. Dre's album "The Chronic". After releasing his debut album, "Doggystyle". it was the number one on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Snoop Dog's use of vocabulary and lyrics tend to be melodic rhyming and simple vocabulary as his typical pattern. The two mixed together made him a popular hip-hop artist during the golden age.
Salt-N-Pepa is an all-female hip hop trio originating from Queens New York. At the time, it was one of the first all-female rap groups. The group consists of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and originally Latoya Hanson who was then replaced by Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”). The group inspired many females at the time to listen to hip hop. Their clothing style was very particular and the group was not afraid to talk about sex or men. Their song “Let’s Talk about Sex” was one of the most popular songs.
Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as "Jay Z" was one of the latest and last contributors to the golden Age of Hip Hop. His first debut album was actually not picked up by a major record company and he sold CDs out of his car. The Release of "In my Lifetime, Vol. 1" was later on revealed by Jay Z that it was one of his worst periods of his life, his close friend The Notorious B.I.G. passing away.
The Notorious B.I.G. also known as Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was born Christopher George Latore Wallace. He is constantly ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. His debut album was released in 1994 and became a central figure in the East Coast Hip Hop scene. Shortly after his death, his double-disc album “Life After Death” rose to Number 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified diamond in the year 2000. IT was one of the few hip hop albums that received this certification.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooksis is better known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli. Rolling Stones ranked him on the list of the Top 100 Greatest Artists of all time. On Par with Biggie Smalls, he is also ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, as well as one of the most influential rappers of all time
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