Hip Hop Culture

Guide to Hip Hop Culture and Rap Music Resources.

An Essential Music Compilation Discography





Various Artists. Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition [The Box Set, Digitally Remastered]. New York: Bad Boy Records, 2016.

Faith Evans; Puff Daddy & The Family; The Notorious B.I.G.; Mase; Diddy; Cassie; French Montana; Puff Daddy; Total; 112; Craig Mack; Mario Winans; The Lox; Shyne; Black Rob; 8Ball & MJG; Nelly; Da Band; Yung Joc; Boyz n da Hood; Gorilla Zoe; G. Dep; MGK; Elephant Man; Carl Thomas; Diddy – Dirty Money; Loon; New Edition; Red Café; Cheri Dennis; Danity Kane; Cassie; Janelle Monáe; Day26.  Publisher: New York: Bad Boy Records: Burbank: Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, 2016. 

Various Artists. Def Jam 25th Anniversary Box Set [Limited Edition]. New York: Island Def Jam Music Group, 2009.

3rd Bass; Beanie Sigel; The Beastie Boys; Boss; Cam'ron; Diplomats; DMX; Downtown Science; EPMD; Erick Sermon; Fabolous; Foxy Brown; Freeway; Ghostface Killah; Hollis Crew; Ja Rule; Jay-Z; Kanye West; LL Cool J; Ludacris; Method Man; Montell Jordan; Musiq Soulchild; Nas; Ne-Yo; Nice and Smooth; Nikki D; Onyx; Oran "Juice" Jones; Public Enemy; Redman; Rihanna; The Roots; Scarface; Sisq; Slick Rick; T-La Rock; The-Dream; Warren G.  Publisher: New York: Island Def Jam Music Group, 2009.

Various Artists. Funk Box. Santa Monica, CA: Hip-O, 2000.  

James Brown; Charles Wright; Aretha Franklin; Bobby Byrd; Billy Preston; Lyn Collins; Marvin Gaye; Barry White; Curtis Mayfield; Gil Scott-Heron; Chaka Khan; George McCrae; Jermaine Jackson; Johnny "Guitar" Watson; Patrice Rushen; Roy Ayers; Rick James; Teena Marie; George Clinton; Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band; War; Chakachas; Jimmy Castor Bunch; Fatback; The JB's; Cymande; New Birth; Tower of Power; O'Jays; Kool & the Gang; Rufus; Blackbyrds; B.T. Express; Meters; Ohio Players; Temptations; Average White Band; Isley Brothers; Graham Central Station; Parliament; Brothers Johnson; Brass Construction; Brick; Bootsy's Rubber Band; Slave; Commodores; Bar-Kays; Bohannon; Funkadelic  Soul Searchers; Cameo; Pleasure; Zapp; Gap Band.  Publisher: Santa Monica, CA: Hip-O: Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, 2000.

Various Artists. The Hip Hop Box. Santa Monica, CA: Hip-O Records, 2004.

Dana G Smart; Kurtis Blow; Afrika Bambaataa; Grandmaster Flash; Melle Mel; Duke Bootee; Roxanne Shanté; Too Short; Kool Moe Dee; Eric Barrier; Rakim; Ice-T; M C Hammer; Biz Markie; Q-Tip; Phife; Queen Latifah; Monie Love; Chubb Rock; D. J. Jazzy Jeff; Fresh Prince; DJ Quik; Pete Rock; C L Smooth; Warren G; Nate Dogg; Craig Mack; Method Man; Mary J Blige; Redman; Little Caesar; Lil' Kim; Notorious B. I. G.; Scarface; Tupac Shakur; Johnny P.; Busta Rhymes; Timbaland; D M X; Magoo; N O R E; Jill Scott; Dr Dre; 50 Cent; Snoop Dogg; Common; Sugar Hill Gang; Treacherous Three; Soulsonic Force; Furious Five; Run-D.M.C.; UTFO; Salt-n-Pepa; Boogie Down Productions; Public Enemy; 2 Live Crew; De La Soul; Jungle Brothers; 3rd Bass; Tribe Called Quest; Main Source; Naughty by Nature; Black Sheep; Arrested Development; Digable Planets; Pharcyde; Onyx; Wu-Tang Clan; Junior M.A.F.I.A.; Bone Thugs-n-Harmony; Gang Starr; Roots. Publisher: Santa Monica, CA: Hip-O Records, 2004.

Various Artists. Old School Jams.: 4 Cd Box Set. Toronto: SPG Music, 2001.

One Way Ride; George Clinton; Kool & the Gang; The Sugarhill Gang; James Mtume; The Whispers; Cheryl Lynn; Barbara Mason; Parliament ; Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five; The Gap Band; Full Force/Lisa Lisa; Kurtis Blow; Slave; Class Action; Man Parrish; Tony Cool/Party People; Fonda Rae/Wish; Loose Joints; Midnight Star; Joyce Sims; Lakeside; Donnie Calvin/Rockers Revenge; Cheryl Lynn; Imagination; Princess; Chaka Khan; Cameo; Rick James; Dazz Band; Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three; Midnight Star; Man Parrish; The Mary Jane Girls; The Gap Band; Shalamar; Jermaine Stewart; Timex Social Club; New Edition; Blondie; Indeep; Gwen Guthrie; D Train; Taana Gardner; Newcleus; Planet Patrol; Doug E. Fresh.
Publisher: Toronto, Canada: SPG Music, 2001, 1997.

Various Artists. Old School Rap: Box Set. Walnut, CA: Thump, 2000. Various Artists --- Vol. 3 mixed by Grandmaster Flash.

Kool Moe Dee; Whistle; Afro-rican; Grand Master Flash; Kurtis Blow; Sugar Hill Gang; MC Shy D; The Gucci Crew; Whodini ;Toddy Tee; UTFO; Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh; Slick Rick; Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three; The Beastie Boys; Run-DMC; L.A. Dream Team; The World Class Wreckin' Cru; Kid N Play; Ice-T; Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock; L.A. Dream Team; DJ Quik; Eric B & Rakim; Kool Moe Dee; Biz Markie; Doug E. Fresh; Special Ed; Dana Dane; Boogie Down Productions; Big Daddy Kane; Rock Master Scott; Roxanne Shante; Young MC; Tone Loc; Chubb Rock; Vanilla Ice; Tone Loc; N2Deep; Stereo MC's; AMG; Too Short; Kid N Play; M.C. Breed; T LA Rock; King Tee; West Coast Crew; Schoolly D.   Publisher: Walnut, CA: Thump, 2000, 1997, 1996.

Various Artists. Tommy Boy Story: Vol. 1. Burbank: Rhino, 2006.

Afrika Bambaataa; Whiz Kid.; Lisa Stansfield; Queen Latifah; K7; Soulsonic Force; Planet Patrol; Club Nouveau G.L.O.B.E.; Jonzun Crew; 808 State Jazzy 5; Special Request; Force M.D.'s; Pressure Drop; Latin Rascals; Information Society Coldcut; TKA;  Publisher:  New York: Tommy Boy Burbank: Rhino, 2006.

Various Artists. The Ultimate Death Row Collection. Toronto: WIDEawake Entertainment Group, 2009.

Jojo; K-CI; Tupac Shakur; Dr. Dre; Snoop Dogg; Nate Dogg; Warren G; Danny Boy; Makaveli; Dogg Pound Posse; Tha Dogg Pound; The Lady of Rage; LBC Crew; Kurupt; Jewell; Storm; J. Flexx; Sixx Feet Deep, Kurupt, O.F.T.B., Big Pimpin', Lil C-Style, Crooked I, Swoop G; Petey Pablo; Ice Cube; Daz Dillinger; Too Short; Doobie; Soopafly; Crooked I; Top Dogg; Tray Deee.  Publisher: The Ultimate Death Row Collection (CD & DVD - WIDEawake Entertainment Group / WideAwake #210129).

Various Artists. Rhyme & Reason: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Los Angeles: Priority Records, 1997.

Nothin' but the cavi hit (Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound) -- Wild hot (Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest) -- Reason for rhyme (Eight Ball and MJG) -- Uni-4-Orm (Ras Kass, Heltah Skeltah and Canibus)   --Bogus mayn (Crucial Conflict) --Every year (E-40) -- Tragedy (the RZA) -- Represent (MC Eiht) -- Niggaz don't want it (Lost Boyz) -- Bring it back (KRS-ONE) -- Is there a heaven 4 a gangsta? (Master P) -- Liquor store run (Volume 10) -- The way it iz (Guru, Kai:Bee and Lil'Dap) -- Business first (Nyoo and DeCoca) -- No identiy (Delinquent Habits).  Publisher: Los Angeles: Priority Records, 1997.

 Various Artists. The Show: The Soundtrack. New York: Def Jam, 1995.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Hip hop is (Kid Creole, Kid Capri, Ecstasy) --Live!!! (Onyx) --Move on (Slick Rick) --My block (2 Pac) --What's up star? (Suga) --Headbanger boogie (Method Man) --How high (Redman ; Method Man) --It's entertainment (Dr. Dre) --Everyday thang (Bone, Thugs n Harmony) --Everyday it rains (Mary J. Blige) -- It's all I had (The Notorious B.I.G.)--Ol' Skool (Isaac 2 Isaac) --Domino's in the house (Domino) --Summertime in the LBC (The Dove Shake) --The West Coast (Treach) --Sowhatusayin (South Central Cartel Productions) --Zoom zooms and wam wam (Jayo Felony) --Droppin bombz (Tray D ; So. Sentrelle) --Save yourself (Snoop Doggy Dogg) --Still can't fade it (Warren G Productions) --Papa luv it (L.L. Cool J) --Glamour and glitz (A Tribe called Quest) --Nuttin' but a drumbeat(Russell Simmons) --Kill dem all (Kali Ranks) --Me and my bitch (live from Philly) (The Notorious B.I.G.) --It's what I feel inside (Kid Creole, Ecstasy) --The show theme (Stanley Clarke featuring Slick Rick). Publisher: New York: Def Jam, 2014, 1998, 1995.

Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap

the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Various Artists.  Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2020.

Disc 1-Fatback - King Tim III Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight The Sequence - Funk You Up Kurtis Blow - The Breaks Funky Four +1 - That's the Joint Spoonie Gee feat. The Sequence - Monster Jam Treacherous Three - The Body Rock Blondie - Rapture Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
Disc 2- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message The Fearless Four - Rockin It Cold Crush Brothers - Punk Rock Rap Herbie Hancock – Rockit Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Looking for the Perfect Beat Run-DMC - It's Like That Whodini – Friends Cold Crush Brothers - Fresh, Fly, Wild & Bold T. La Rock - It's Yours The World's Famous Supreme Team - Hey! DJ Newcleus - Jam On It UTFO - Roxanne, Roxanne
Disc 3-Roxanne Shanté - Roxanne's Revenge Fat Boys - Fat Boys Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D - La Di Da Di LL Cool J - I Can't Live without my RadioSchoolly D - P.S.K. ‘What Does It Mean?’ Run-DMC feat. Aerosmith - Walk This Way Beastie Boys - Paul Revere Ultramagnetic MC's - Ego Tripping Ice-T - 6 'N The Mornin' Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now LL Cool J - I Need Love Eric B feat. Rakim - Eric B is President Mantronix - King of The Beats
Disc 4-Stetsasonic feat. the Rev. Jesse Jackson & Olatunji - A.F.R.I.C.A. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Parents Just Don't Understand Audio Two - Top Billin' MC Lyte - Lyte As A Rock Big Daddy Kane – Raw Marley Marl feat. Master Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, & Big Daddy Kane - The Symphony MC Lyte - I Cram to Understand U (Sam) Tone Lōc - Wild Thing Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - It Takes Two Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You N.W.A. - Fuck Tha Police Public Enemy - Fight the Power The Stop the Violence Movement - Self Destruction Too Short - Life Is...Too Short Slick Rick - Children's Story 3rd Bass - The Gas Face
Disc 5-Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love - Ladies First Public Enemy - Bring the Noise De La Soul - Me Myself and I Biz Markie - Just a Friend The D.O.C. - It's Funky Enough
2 Live Crew - Me So Horny Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby Brand Nubian - All for One Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks on Me A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex Yo-Yo feat. Ice-Cube - Can't Play with My Yo-Yo Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.-Disc 6 Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang Ice Cube - It Was a Good Day Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back Arrested Development – Tennessee Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) House of Pain - Jump Around Positive K - I Got a Man Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) UGK - Pocket Full of Stones Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By Eightball & MJG - Comin Out Hard Common Sense - I Used to Love H.E.R. Da Brat - Funkdafied
Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes - Flava In Your Ear
Disc 7-Beastie Boys – Sabotage The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy Gang Starr feat. Nice & Smooth – DWYCK Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate Snoop Doggy Dogg - Murder Was The Case E-40 feat. Suga T - Sprinkle Me Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise 2Pac - Dear Mama Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Part 2 Method Man feat. Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z - I'll Be Lil Kim feat. Puff Daddy - No Time Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Tha Crossroads Wu-Tang Clan feat. Cappadonna – Triumph Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See Master P feat. Silkk The Shocker, Mia X, Fiend - Make ‘Em Say Uhh!
Disc 8-Missy Elliot - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing) DMX - Ruff Ryders’ Anthem The Roots - The Next Movement Mos Def – Mathematics BG - Bling Bling dead prez - Hip Hop Eminem feat. Dido – Stan OutKast - Ms. Jackson Nelly - Country Grammar (Hot Shit) Ludacris feat. Pharrell - Southern Hospitality Nas - One Mic 50 Cent - In Da Club Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low
Disc 9-Talib Kweli - Black Girl Pain Kanye West - Jesus Walks Three 6 Mafia feat. Young Buck, Eightball & MJG - Stay Fly Rick Ross – Hustlin’ Lupe Fiasco feat. Nikki Jean – Hip-Hop Saved My Life Young Jezzy feat. Nas - My President David Banner feat. Chris Brown & Yung Joc - Get Like Me Lil Wayne feat. Robin Thicke - Tie My Hands Jay Electronica - Exhibit C Nicki Minaj - Super Bass Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop J Cole feat. TLC - Crooked Smile Kanye West - Blood On The Leaves Drake - Started From the Bottom. Publisher: Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings, 2020.

Various Artists. Something from Nothing: the Art of Rap: [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment, 2012. 

Freestyle (live acapella) (Ice-T) --Straight out of Compton (N.W.A.) --Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-groove 1) (Run-DMC) --Follow the leader (Eric B & Rakim) --Freestyle (live acapella) (KRS-One) --Raw (Big Daddy Kane) --The world is yours (Nas) --Full clip (Gang Starr) --Immortal technique (live acapella) (New Jack Hustler) --As high as Wu-Tang can get (Wu-Tang Clan) --Real hip-hop (Das EFX) --Freestyle (live acapella) (Melle Mel) --P.S.K. 'What does it mean'? (Schoolly D) --Ego Trippin' (Ultramagnetic MC's) -- Bentleys & bitches (live acapella) (Ras Kass) --King of the beasts (Mantronix) --It takes two (Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock) --Don't stop--planet rock (Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force) --The kid magic (Lord Jamar) --Vivrant thing (Q-Tip) --Cold rock a party (Mc Lyte) --Harder than you think--just like that (Public Enemy) --The art of rap (live acapella) (Grandmster Caz). Publisher: New York: Sony Music Entertainment, 2012. 

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