The 1980s saw the rise of a new musical genre, hip hop music. Along with it came famous rappers who brought a once-obscure genre to the mainstream. These guys have influenced our style so let’s take the time to remember these influential innovators. Below is a list of some the most famous rappers of the 1980s.
Run DMC – this hip hop group is usually credited for taking the genre into the mainstream. The trio was formed in the early 80s in New York City. Since then, they have made a name for themselves by collaborating with other artists outside the hip hop genre. Probably the best example would be their collaboration with Aerosmith in the song ‘Walk This Way’.
Beastie Boys – originally formed as a punk group, the Beastie Boys have crossed over into the hip hop genre to become the first all-white rap group in the music’s history. Since its inception in 1979, the group continues to enjoy fame and success. A proof of it is its nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Did you know back in the early 80s one of the members of the Beastie Boys had his own shop at our very same spot? From what our neighbors told us, 2422 Telegraph Ave has its hip hop history!
LL Cool J – is the first artist signed by Def Jam, which is a famous hip hop label. He was signed in 1984 at the young age of 16 and since then, he has risen to become a respected rap artist who enjoys a career of over 20 years.
The three listed above are just some of the artists who have made a name for themselves in the early years of rap and who still enjoy the respect of the hip hop community through music and fashion.