Hip hop music is a musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. Hip hop began in the South Bronx of New York City in the 1970s. The term rap is often used synonymously with hip hop, but hip hop denotes the practices of an entire subculture. The 1980s marked the diversification of hip hop as the genre developed more complex styles. Influential artists such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang and others lead a huge fragmentation of styles into genres such as New School Hip Hop through the music of LL Cool J, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, Golden Age Hip Hop typified by Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest and the Gangsta Rap /West Coast Hip Hop genre of Ice T and Schooly D. The early 1990's saw artists like MC Hammer take Rap to mainstream success while the rivalry between East Coast/West Coast hip hop rap elevated artists such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mos Def and Cypress hill, while developing out of the Midwest came artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Eminem.
Penny Lane selection of Rap and Hip Hop covers all these artists and more. We source from all over the world and with our fast and efficient import service, we do our best to stock the best in new, interesting and obscure releases. Along with this, we are always searching to source and stock classic reissues and lost gems.
Here's our pick of Rap albums we reckon you should do yourself a favour and listen to. You'll find them all instore today - or if we're temporarily out of stock, we are happy to order any item for you.
1. Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang Clan (1993) 2. Illmatic - Nas (1994) 3. The Chronic - Dr. Dre (1992) 4. The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest (1991) 5. Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G. (1994) 6. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill (1998) 7. Me Against the World - 2Pac (1995) 8. Aquemini - Outkast (1998) 9. The Score - The Fugees (1996) 10. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon (1995) 11. The Slim Shady LP - Eminem (1999) 12. Endtroducing... - DJ Shadow (1996) 13. All Eyez On Me - 2Pac (1996) 14. Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z (1996) 15. Daily Operation - Gang Starr (1992) 16. Liquid Swords - GZA (1995) 17. The Infamous... - Mobb Deep (1995) 18. Black On Both Sides - Mos Def (1999) 19. Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G. (1997) 20. Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy (1990)