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The History of Hip Hop: The Story Behind Popular Genre


The music genre of hip-hop has become the most popular out of all music genres for the first time in US history, says Vibe magazine.

Hip-hop music was first introduced in the late ages. Back then. it was not as popular as it is today This genre was created in the slums of New York City by African Americans and Latinos.


Many of the hip-hop artists were criminals and had dead-end jobs. then started working as DJs in different nightclubs where they learned their skills for using turntables and DJ mixers.

Back in the year of 1983, hip-hop legend Russell Simmons, also known as Run DMC, co-founded Def Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin Russel sold his share of the company for Suzo million to Universal Music Group in 1996.

One of the most popular groups that also made history in hip-hop is The Beastie Boys. In 1981, whose career also formed in New York City. The Beastie Boys was a group of three men: Michael Diamond focused on the vocals and drums. Adam MCA Yauch worked on bass, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz rocked the guitar.

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The trio has sold 26 million records in the United States and 50 million records worldwide, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991. With seven platinum-selling albums from the years 1956 to 2004. The Beastie Boys were one of the longest surviving hip-hop acts worldwide in 2012, they became the third rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Another grand star that made quality hip-hop music in 1984 and is still present is…READ MORE about the history of Hip Hop in the latest issue of The Current.

Also in this issue of The Current:

the green river current, the current, green river the current, green river college, green river student newspaperGreen River Prides Itself With a Diverse Student Body by Christina Praggastis
Disease Control Ushers Students to Receive Vaccine Treatment by Natalie Nordell
MESA Believes Lack of Diversity in Stem is a Concern by Kellyn Costello
Procedures to Overcome the Dysfunctions of Tax Season by Kellyn Costello
Artist Jasmine Gonzales Charmed by Diverse Mediums by Olivia Reed
How to Deal With the Effects of Anxiety in Daily Life by Dakota Farnsworth

The Current is Green River College’s award-winning student-run newspaper.  Hard copies of the latest issue are available on Green River College campuses (Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw).  Look for the green newspaper boxes outside of campus buildings.  (Note – issues are not available at the Green River College Auburn Center off of D St NE).

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