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The 6 Greatest Rap Mixtapes of the Millennium

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Mixtapes are really part of the hip hop music culture. In fact, hip hop continues to redefine the concept of mixtapes. Most hip hop artists release mixtapes, after releasing their albums. It’s their way of promoting their music or simply just expressing their individuality as an artist and the distinctness of their music. Listening to a mixtape is really fun. Longer music, either of one artist’s records or a compilation of great artists.


In this article, we list down the top six rap mixtapes since the beginning of hip hop music culture:


Da Drought 3, Lil Wayne

Da Drought 3 is a double-disc mixtape by American rapper Lil Wayne. It was named by Pitchfork “The Best Mixtape of All Time”. It also received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and MTV. Definitely, it is the most ambitious work of Lil Wayne. It plays over 100 minutes of different Lil Wayne eras. It also debuted the career of some hip hop artists like Nicki Minaj.

50 Cent is the Future, 50 Cent

This was the first mixtape released by 50- Cent. This was 50 Cent’s response to life’s misfortune. He got shot nine times and was dropped from his label, Fif. He recorded the mixtape in Canada. After its release, it became the official soundtrack of summer 2002. In fact, it was named by XXL as one of the best mixtapes of all time.


We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 2, Clipse

The mixtape We Got It 4 Cheap was released by hip hop duo Clipse and their group, the Re-UP Gang in 2008. The main focus of the mixtape is drug trafficking. It features three volumes. The second volume was voted as the Best Mixtape of the Year 2005. It was even regarded by Pitchfork as the second best rap mixtape of all time.


Kush & Orange Juice, Wiz Khalifa

In 2010, American rapper Wiz Khalifa released his mixtape Kush & OJ (abb.). After its release, it became a trending topic both on Google and Twitter. As a matter of fact, the hashtag #kushandorgangejuice spent three days on Twitter Worldwide trends. The theme of the mixtape includes women, smoking weed, and endless partying.


Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

Acip Rap is the second mixtape released by Chance the Rapper in 2013. It entered the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Album chart at number 63. It also received diamond certification for garnering over one million digital downloads. It was nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and SPIN Magazine also listed it as one of the best albums of 2013.


The S. Carter Collection, JAY-Z

JAY-Z, or Shawn Carter in real-life created a collection of his works through a mixtape. It was released in 2003. The mixtape features classic vibes, skipping JAY-Z signature soul-rap music. Instead, it openly criticized others’ music and call out artists. But above all these, JAY-Z proved his title as one of rap’s greatest rhymers.

Which of these mixtapes are included in your playlist?…

10 Most Common Hip Hop Dance Styles

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In the lieu of hip hop music’s massive success, hip hop dance comes along. It remains one of the most popular dance styles today. Basically, you just have to dance your body to the hip hop music. But, there are certain elements that classify a hip hop dance “hip hop”. Here are the most common hip hop dance styles:

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Popping was created Sam Solomon in Fresno, California. It is performed by continuously contracting and relaxing your muscles to achieve a jerking or snapping effect in your body. This step was first performed by the Electric Boogaloos Dance Crew.



Don Campbell created the locking dance style in Los Angeles during the 1960s. He debuted the dance style along with his dance crew called The Lockers. A quick movement followed by a pause is a common trait in locking. The hips and legs are usually relaxed while the hands and arms do the move. Basically, it requires a lot of acrobatics to perform locking.



Also called as b-boying or b-girling, breakdancing plays an integral role in Black and Latino American dance culture. It started to flourish in the 1970s where dancers, especially young ones dance to hop-hop remixes. Breakdancing is composed of four elements – top rock (standing), down rock (floor tricks), freeze (poses), and the power moves (acrobatics).

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Boogaloo follows a fluid or a loose movement which provides an illusion that the dancer has no bones. Basically, it moves the hips, legs, knees, and head, creating a clean transition. Boogaloo is closely related to popping dance style.



Crip-walking was popularized by the Crips gang. They usually perform this dance style every after victory against their rival gang, the Bloods. Today, it has been a part of hip hop dance culture. Some famous rappers like Snoop Dogg and Xzibit perform crip-walking in their music videos.



Apparently, floating style gives an impression to the audience that the dancer is floating in the air. It follows three basic moves – the float, glide, and slide. In performing these moves, the dancer creates an illusion of frictionless shows.



The word “turfing” is derived from “Taking up room on the floor”. It started in Oakland, California. To do a turf, one must move with the goal of clearly telling a story about various traditions and life events through dancing.



The robot dance style has also joined the hip hop dance culture. It is very similar to popping except that it avoids any smooth movement. It simply just mimics or imitates the movement of the robot, doing very stiff movements of the body.



Krumping is one of the most popular hip hop dance styles of this generation. It basically follows four basic moves – chest pops, jabs, arm swings, and stomps. Actually, krumping is more of a freestyle dance, as long as you incorporate those four basic moves.



Lyrical hip hop dance is interpretative in nature. It is usually performed along with down-tempo rap or R&B music. It follows a choreography instead of freestyle movement.


Which of these hip hop dance styles do you like?…

11 Most Common Hip Hop Sub-Genres and Fusions

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Over the years, hip hop music has evolved. Downloading and streaming services are the new source for people to listen to music. There have been different sub-genres, fusions, and versions from certain states and regions. As a matter of fact, hip hop is a musical celebration of diversity. Despite differences, music binds their understanding. In this article, we list the 11 most common hip hop sub-genres and fusions:


Alternative Hip hop

Also known as “conscious hip hop”, alternative hip hop skips musical styles, hooks, or moves. Their main goal is to explore unique concepts. Key artists include Lupe Fiasco and The Roots.


Battle Rap

Battle rap involves bragging, boasting, and insulting. It is usually used in live battles where rappers rap in freestyle. It is a battle between two or more MCs and their rap verses. Battle rap has been showcased in TV contests and even in professional leagues.


Boom Bap

Boom-Bap originated in New York and gained popularity in the mid-1990s. It was coined by rapper KRS-ONE which he actually derived from drum sounds. Storytelling is a strong feature of Boom Bap. Some of the most notable boom bap artists are Pete Rock and Kendrick Lamar.


Conscious Rap

Their primary goal of conscious rap is to deliver a certain message of awareness and knowledge regarding various social issues. Conscious rappers promote positive and radical ideas, although they do not want to be classified as “rappers”. Key artists include Kanye West, TalibKweli, and Lauryn Hill,



Crunk is a sub-genre of southern hip hop. According to music accounts, famous producer Lil John was the one who created this dance move in the 1990s. Club beats and high-energy chants are among its major elements. Apart from Lil John, key artists include Lil Scrappy and The Eastside Boyz.

East Coast Hip hop

East coast hip hop originated in New York in the 1970s. It became dominant in the golden age of hip hop. It follows simple old school rap pattern with lyrical dexterity. Famous rappers include Big Daddy Kane, Hay-Z, and Rakim.


Gangsta Rap

Gangsta rap is a reflection of the gangster life, especially the youth of the early 1980s. Ice-T was credited as the pioneer of Gangsta rap. Basically, it features hard-hitting beats and aggressive lyrics. Some artists criticize Gangsta rap for its violent theme. Famous Gangsta rappers include 50 Cent, 2Pac, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube.



Hyphyhip hop has been around for a few years. It is a musical import from the West Coast that incorporates upbeat tempo and high-energy style. It also features rugged beats and witty lyrics. Famous hyphy rappers include E-40, Mac Dre, and The Team.


Melodic Rap

Melodic rap has been influential over the past years. It plays a prominent role in the independent hip hop world. It even dominated the popular hip hop scene with rappers like Bryson Tiller and Drake.


Rap Rock

Basically, rap rock is a combination of hip hop and rock musical genres. Rap-rock has also evolved into different fusions including rap metal and rapcore.


Trap Music

Trap music flourished in the 1990s. It originated in Atlanta where Ghetto Mafia and Dungeon Family started entering the music science. Trap music generally refers to music about drugs and narcotics.

The Origin and Evolution of Hip Hop Music: A Timeline

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Music is really diverse. It has different genres of distinct styles and features. Among these genres, hip hop music dominates the list. Yes, surpassing even pop music. According to Nielsen Music, 2017 is the year for hip hop. The first time for hip hop to dominate the music scene. Hip hop music has come a long way. It has evolved over the years. In this article, let us take a look back at hip hop’s origin and evolution.


Hip hop’s Inspiration

The inspiration of hip hop music started as early as the 1920s. Earl Tucker, a prominent club performer popularized a dance style similar to today’s hip hop dance styles. In 1940, Thomas Wong incorporated booming sound system in playing music. He started the craze of hip American music, delighting the audience and beating music competitors. During the late 1960s, James Brown recorded two songs – Sex Machines and Funky Dreamer – that influenced the drumming styles of today’s rap music.


The Origin of Hip hop

The birth of hip hop music really started in 1970. DJ U-Roy dominated Jamaican pop charts with his records using a style called “toasting”. From Jamaica, Clive Campbell who was popularly known as “DJ Kool Herc” brought their style of music to South Bronx. He was regarded as one of the founders of hip hop music. DJ Kool Herc began DJ-ing for parties. Soon, he became an MC (master of ceremony). He combined MC-ing and DJ-ing, playing music while announcing some rhythmic text. This gave birth to “rap”. Around this time, AfrikaBambaataa and other DJs and MCs began referring their culture as “hip hop”.


Hip hop’s Golden Age

Soon after the discovery of hip hop, various rappers entered the music scene in the 1980s. LL Cool J released hip hop songs with catchy melodic hooks. Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to appear on national TV promoting his record. This introduced hip hop to a larger audience and made Blow’s record sell more than a million copies. In 1981, The Funky 4 became the first hip hop group to appear on TV. In the late 1980s, hip hop beats have been recorded inside the studio with drum machines and synthesizers. In the early 90s, producers re-created new styles of hip hop music such as alternative hip hop and jazz rap, among others.


Hardcore and Gangsta Rap

The turning point of hip hop music was in the 90s. Hardcore rap of New York and Gangsta rap of Los Angeles dominated the airwaves. Wu-Tang Clan created one of the first hardcore rap records, singing about the gangster life. This era created the names of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, and The Notorious B.I.G. On the other hand, gangsta rap was developed by rappers Ice-T and NWA. Other famous names include Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.


21st Century Hip hop

Hip hop music continually evolved in the 21st century. Female rappers like Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim, and Nicki Minaj have started creating hip hop music as well. Before, New styles of hip hop also gained popularity. This includes R&B, country rap, and pop-rap, among others. More and more hip hop artists are dominating the music charts.

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