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 Florida 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

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
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)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011-11-15 "Take Care" 2nd studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake
  • 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), US 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 interestIce Cube

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 interestQueen Latifah

1970-03-18 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

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

Person of interestMark Wahlberg

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 interestTupac Shakur

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

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
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 interestTupac Shakur

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

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