Grandmaster FlashGrandmaster Flash of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is probably the most influential hip hop name on this list. He has the distinction of being the first hip hop/rap artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was also the mastermind behind three DJing techniques that are still widely used today: the backspin technique, punch phrasing and scratching.
Grandmaster Flash's albums include Super Rappin, The Message, They Said It Couldn't Be Done and The Bridge: Concept of a Culture.
Run-D.M.C.After Grandmaster Flash, the most influential hip hop pioneers are Run-D.M.C., which included members Joseph "Run" Simmons, Daryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell. Run-D.M.C. was the second group to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were also the first group in hip hop to get a Gold record and be nominated for Grammy.
Run-D.M.C.'s biggest hits include "Walk This Way", "It's Tricky", "Down with the King" and "My Adidas".
Public EnemyPublic Enemy is a hip hop group that formed in 1982 and is still active today. It's past and current members include Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, the S1W, DJ Lord, Daniel Mcgowan, Khari Wynn, Terminator X, The Bomb Squad and Brian Hardgrove. Like Run-D.M.C., Billboard Magazine lists Public Enemy as one of the great artists of all time. They are also a Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Public Enemy's biggest hits include "Fight the Power", "911 is a Joke", "Can't Truss 'Em" and "Shut 'Em Down".
N.W.A.N.W.A, or N***az Wit Attitudes, was a hip hop group that was active from 1986 until 1991. It's members included Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ben. Both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube went on to have highly successful careers as solo artists in the hip hop genre. Ice Cube even made it big in the film industry.
N.W.A. was ranked #83 on Rolling Stones' 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They're hit songs include "Straight Outta Compton", "Gangsta Gangsta", "Always Into Somethin" and "Chin Check".
Beastie BoysThe Beastie Boys released their first hip hop album, Cooky Puss, in 1983, but didn't make their official transition into the hip hop until 1984. They are one of the longest living hip hop acts in the world. In addition, Rolling Stone included them on two separate lists. Their song "Sabotage" clocks in at #475 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, while the group, as a whole, clocks in at #77 of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Their other hit songs include "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", "Intergalatic" and "Brass Monkey", to name a few.
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