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Early rappers

Hop hop music - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hop_music
List of hip hop albums considered to be influential - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hi ... nfluential (I used this list to start this page)

Books

  • Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
  • Decoded by Jay-Z
    • The book consists of lyrics "decoded," where Jay-Z explains both where the song ideas came from and the way all the lyrics are connected to each other, as well as portions of his real-world story
  • The Rap Year Book
    • A list of the songs they cover: 
      • 1979 - "Rapper's Delight" The Sugarhill Gang
      • 1980 - "The Breaks" Kurtis Blow
      • 1981 - "Jazzy Sensation" Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five
      • 1982 - "The Message" Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
      • 1983 - "Sucker M.C.'s" Run-DMC
      • 1984 - 'Friends" VVhodini
      • 1985 - "La Di Da Di" Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
      • 1986 - '6 in the Mornin"' Ice-T
      • 1987 - 'Paid in Full" Eric B. and Rakim
      • 1988 - "Straight Outta Compton" N.W.A
      • 1989 - 'Fight the Power" Public Enemy
      • 1990 - "Bonita Applebum" A Tribe Called Quest
      • 1991 - "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" Geto Boys
      • 1992 - "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg
      • 1993 - "C.R.E.A.M." Wu-Tang Clan
      • 1994 - "Juicy" The Notorious B.I.G.
      • 1995 - 'Dear Mama" Tupac
      • 1996 - "California Love" Tupac, featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
      • 1997 - "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" Puff Daddy, featuring Mase
      • 1998 - "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" DMX
      • 1999 - "My Name Is" Eminem
      • 2000 - 'Big Pimpin"' Jay Z, featuring UGK
      • 2001 - "Takeover" vs. "Ether" Jay Z vs. Nas
      • 2002 - "Grindin"' The Clipse
      • 2003 - 'In Da Club" 50 Cent
      • 2004 - "Still Tippin"' Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall
      • 2005 - "Gold Digger" Kanye West, featuring Jamie Foxx
      • 2006 - Hustlin"' Rick Ross
      • 2007 - "International Players Anthem" UGK, featuring Outkast
      • 2008 - "A Milli" Lil Wayne
      • 2009 - 'Best I Ever Had" Drake
      • 2010 - "Monster" Kanye West, featuring Rick Ross, Jay Z, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj
      • 2011 - "Niggas in Paris" Jay Z and Kanye West
      • 2012 - "Same Love" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
      • 2013 - "Control" Big Sean, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica
      • 2014 - "Lifestyle" Rich Gang, featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan
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