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)
  • 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
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

Event of interestEvent 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
Rapper
Kanye West

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], 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 [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

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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

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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, 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


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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