Myeisha Essex is in love with all things pop culture, thanks in large part to her hometown. This Los Angeles native has an encyclopedic knowledge of the entertainment industry and she loves a good trivia game. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from Bennett College for Women and her master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her work can be found in Sister 2 Sister, Harlem World Magazine, Clutch and on Essence.com. When she's not keeping up with the news or learning Beyonce's latest dance moves, she enjoys watching stand-up comedy on YouTube! Follow her on Instagram @more_about_me
Today, August 11th 2013, marks the 40th birthday of hip-hop, the genre that started in the Boogie Down Bronx and went on to influenced fashion, dance, politics and so much more across the world.
Four decades ago, Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell threw his first back-to-school party at 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the South Bronx and that was the official launch of the global culture that has brought us musical greats like Rakim, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Tupac Skakur and Biggie Smalls.
Hip-hop is sometimes known as the music of the underdog because it’s been an art form for societies that are often overlooked by mainstream America. But, desperate the criticism, the music has inspired a generation to follow their wildest dreams and plow through life’s obstacles.
So, in honor of hip-hop’s birthday, let’s take a look at 15 records that help helped us survive the struggle and smile over the years!