#AMAs The Ultimate History of Hip Hop [SOJONES INFOGRAPHIC]

Fresh off the American Music Awards from last night, SoJones is issuing a timely reminder on just how far we’ve come in the world of hip hop: our soup to nuts infographic documenting the history of hip hop culture. You think you know the game? Test your rap IQ with a few highlights and milestones:

  • First recorded breakdancing moves? Try 1925. Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker may be one of the earliest hip hop culture pioneers when he showed off his groundbreaking slides, waves and other dance moves that would later become the foundation of breakdancing.
  • First hip hop single to hit the Billboard charts? “Rapper’s Delight” by the legendary Sugarhill Gang, released in 1979. Their first performance together was the recording of Rapper’s Delight.
  • Much as we may want to forget this, “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice was the first rap single to go #1. Thank you 1990.

Other History of Hip Hop highlights and milestones:

  • First time a hip hop video appeared on MTV? 1985
  • Jay-Z’s debut? 1996 with “Reasonable Doubt”
  • Jamaican-born and much beloved rapper Heavy D passes in 2011. RIP Heav.


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