The History of Rap Music

Rap: Rappers

Events in Music

  • 1986-09-26 RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986-11-15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 1990-06-10 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Fla for obscenity
  • 1990-10-03 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records
  • 1992-05-20 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-09-07 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999-02-23 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • 2000-05-23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)
  • 2002-05-26 Eminem releases his 4th studio album “The Eminem Show” (2002 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003)
  • 2002-11-13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song
  • 2003-01-07 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004-02-10 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • 2005-03-03 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)
  • 2011-11-15 "Take Care" 2nd studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)
  • 2012-08-27 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)
  • 2015-08-30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Birthdays in Music

  • 1930-05-08 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1960-12-22 Luther Campbell (Luke), American rap artist (2 Live Crew)
  • 1965-11-20 Mike D[iamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968-07-20 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • 1968-11-25 Erick Sermon, American rap music artist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969-06-15 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-03-18 Queen Latifah, American rapper and actress (Khadijah James-Living Single), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper, & Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper, & Actress
Queen Latifah

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971-06-05 Mark Wahlberg, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971-06-16 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), born in East Harlem, New York (d. 1996)

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Weddings in Music

  • 2004-09-04 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana

Deaths in Music


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996-09-13 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shotting at 25

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • 2011-11-08 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44