N.W.A
Ultimate Run DMC
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
DJ Shadow

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Hip-hop's golden age is bookended by the commercial breakthrough of Run-D.M.C. in 1986 and the explosion of gangsta rap with 1993's The Chronic by Dr. Dre. Those six years witnessed the best recordings from some of the biggest rappers -- LL Cool J, Public Enemy, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, N.W.A, Boogie Down Productions, Biz Markie -- in the genre's history. Overwhelmingly based in New York City, golden age rap is characterized by skeletal beats, samples cribbed from hard rock or soul tracks, and tough dis raps. Rhymers like PE's Chuck D., Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, and Rakim basically invented the complex wordplay and lyrical kung-fu of later hip-hop. The Def Jam label became the first big independent in hip-hop, while Cold Chillin', Jive, and Tommy Boy also made strides.

Golden Age Artists Highlights

N.W.A
N.W.A
DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow
Boogie Down Productions
Boogie Down Productions
Kool Moe Dee
Kool Moe Dee
Public Enemy
Public Enemy
Run-D.M.C.
Run-D.M.C.

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Golden Age Album Highlights

Ultimate Run DMC
Run-D.M.C.
Ultimate Run DMC
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
It Takes a Nation of ...
Death Certificate
Ice Cube
Death Certificate
Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A
Straight Outta Compton
Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique
Raising Hell
Run-D.M.C.
Raising Hell

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Golden Age Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Walk This Way Run-D.M.C.
Rebel Without a Pause Public Enemy
The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit Ice Cube
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A
Johnny Ryall Beastie Boys
Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous
Ice-T
Strictly Business EPMD
Going Back to Cali LL Cool J
I Know You Got Soul Eric B. & Rakim
Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions

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