The History of Rap Music

Rap: Rappers

Historical Events

  • 1986-09-26 RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)
  • 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
  • 1996-09-07 Rap artist Tupac Shahur shot multiple times in drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

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
  • 2000-05-23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)
  • 2002-11-13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2015-08-30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Famous Birthdays

  • 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], rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968-11-25 Erick Sermon, American rap music artist

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1969-06-15 Ice Cube, rap singer/actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda)

Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube

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1970-03-18 Queen Latifah, rap singer/actress (Khadijah James-Living Single)

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

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1971-06-16 Tupac Shakur, East Harlem New York, American rap star/actor (Juice, Bullet) (killed in 1996)

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

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1996-09-13 Tupac Shakur, rap star/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