It's impossible to examine the shift from Chic-inspired rhythms to gangster rap without acknowledging Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's \"The Message.\" Melle Mel's lyrics were in stark contrast to that of The Sugarhill Gang. Gone was \"hot butter on a breakfast toast,\" and introduced was \"broken glass,\" and, \"people pissin' on the stairs.\"
In 1999, a former dishwasher from Detroit named Marshall Bruce Mathers III became the most controversial and polarizing musical artist in the world. He was an outlier, a white artist creating viable art in a black medium, telling stories with such verbal dexterity, nimble wit, and shocking honesty that his music and persona resonated universally. In short, Eminem changed the landscape of pop culture as we knew it. In 2006, at the height of his fame and one of the biggest-selling artists in music history, Eminem all but disappeared.
Based on Chuck's long-running show on Rapstation.com, this massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history, from Kurtis Blow's \"Christmas Rappin'\" to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar's groundbreaking verse on \"Control\". Also included are key events in hip hop history, from Grandmaster Flash's first scratch through Tupac's holographic appearance at Coachella. 59ce067264