20 Rappers Who Pay Homage to Hip-Hop In Their Songs

Forty-five years in the past immediately (August 11, 1973), DJ Kool Herc spinned funk and soul data at a rec room within the Bronx, N.Y., that might spark a motion and tradition that might be generally known as hip-hop. Nobody knew who DJ Kool Herc was earlier than that night time however the subsequent day he grew to become essentially the most sought-after DJ within the Bronx.

Herc’s improvements His improvements introduced fame and fortune to the 1000's of rappers, DJs, executives, artists who reside and breathe the tradition.

All through the years, a number of rappers have paid homage to hip-hop as a result of it has helped them get out of the ‘hood and/or impressed their creativity.

Artists similar to KRS-One, Widespread, Ludacris, Kool Keith, A Tribe Referred to as Quest, MC Shan, Simply Ice and lots of others have saluted hip-hop and its founding father DJ Kool Herc of their lyrics. So with out additional ado, right here’s our listing of Rappers Who Pay Homage to Hip-Hop in Their Songs.

"Keep in mind Rappin' Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha / You by no means thought that hip-hop would take it this far..."

  • Da Youngsta's - "Hip-Hop Experience"

    No Mercy (1994)

    The Philadelphia rap trio pay tribute to hip-hop together with its founding fathers DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa on the Marley Marl-produced monitor.

    "Again with Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash / Folks thought that hip-hop wouldn't final / The Treacherous Three, Afrika Bambaataa / Kurtis Blow made hip-hop hotter / Slide to the rhythm, let your physique jerk / Keep in mind all of the bass from my man Kool Herc..."

  • Murs - "The Science"

    Murs for President (2008)

    On the music’s third verse, West coast rapper Murs delivers the science on the creation of hip-hop. He provides a nod to DJ Kool Right here who invented "the break."

    "The ingenuity of those younger black children / The Bronx New York, Sedgwick & Cedar / Kool Herc earth hip-hop true believers / (Principle) Adversity produces alternative / Something achieved via power and unity / The destiny of the world is within the hip-hop group / The revolution's right here and now with you and me..."

  • Erykah Badu - "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip-Hop)" Feat. Widespread

    Worldwide Underground (2003)

    Granted, Erykah Badu isn't a rapper, however her love for hip-hop (and rappers) are plain. In 2003, she launched this musical love letter to the tradition. On the music, Ms. Badu's ex-boyfriend Widespread references his personal ode to hip-hop, "I Used to Love H.E.R."

    "Y'all understand how I met H.E.R. / We broke up and acquired again collectively / To get her again, I needed to sweat her / Thought she'd roll with unhealthy boys eternally in some ways / ...She wanted cheddar and I understood that / In search of cheese, that don't make her a hoodrat / In reality, she's a queen to me, her gentle beams on me / I adore it when she sings to me..."

  • E-40 - "All I Want"

    Income Retrievin': Day Shift (2010)

    E-40 has been spitting the Yay Space slanguage for over 30 years. On this head-nodding monitor, he reminds listeners of his spectacular resume within the rap sport. He additionally provides because of hip-hop icons who impressed him to spit sport.

    "I include the bundle, I'm a savage, barely throwed off / Grew up on $hort and Freddie B, Magic Mike and Calvin T / Dolemite and Blowfly, KRS and Ice-T / Melle Mel and Spoonie, simply to call just a few / UTFO, Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, too..."

  • Diamond D - "Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop"

    Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop (1992)

    On this head-nodding banger, rapper-producer Diamond D raps concerning the three most necessary issues in his life – ladies, weed and rap music. On the third verse, the Bronx native salutes hip-hop and its early creators.

    "The hip-hop legacy will all the time final / To know your future is to know your previous / Thanks Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash / Afrika Bam, whose jams have been a blast / Chilly Crush 4, no person may move / Grand Wizard Theodore, whose arms have been quick / Incredible 5, who left with the money / Busy Bee, who crushed up the hash / The Treacherous Three, nobody surpassed / Jeckyll and Hyde, whose life was quick / The Fearless 4, they made a splash / Power MCs, made the get together final / The Jazzy 5, yeah they'd a smash / The Funky four, at a neighborhood bash / Yo again then it wasn't achieved for the money..."

  • Nas - "Who Killed It"

    Hip Hop Is Useless (2006)

    On this attention-grabbing music, Nas is a detective who metaphorically locations hip-hop as a murder sufferer. So all through the music, the rap legend goes on a seek for hip hop’s killer. At one level, he's interviewing a suspect who mentions DJ Kool Herc.

    "She says, 'Nah it goes option to an earlier date Slave instances,' claims the slaves stated rhymes / However she fell in love with some fella named Clive / Who? / 'Clive Campbell from Sedgwick Ave, the Bronx' / Now she reveals me the money / I stated who's Clive, don't play with me skirt / She stated Clive Campbell / He's Kool Herc..."

  • Busta Rhymes - "New York S---" Feat. Swizz Beatz

    The Large Bang (2006)

    Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz give an enormous salute to hip-hop and New York’s 5 boroughs - Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and naturally, the Bronx.

    "Yeah! I'm on my New York s--- / Received the world following the New York script / Hustle with Timbs and hoodies on my New York flip / Rubberband stack cash with my New York clique..."

  • Widespread - "I Used to Love H.E.R."

    Resurrection (1994)

    One of many nice rap songs of the '90s, Widespread metaphorically describes hip-hop as a lady who broke his coronary heart by breaking off to the West Coast and changing into Hollywood ("I wasn't salty, she was with the boys within the hood / Trigger that was good for her, she was becomin' well-rounded"). The music would ignite a rap feud between Widespread and Ice Dice, which they finally squash years later.

    "She was actually the realest, earlier than she acquired into showbiz / I did her, not simply to say that I did it / However I'm dedicated / However so many n----s hit it / That she's simply not the identical / letting all these groupies do her / I see n----s slamming her, and taking her to the sewer / However I'ma take her again, hoping that the s--- cease / 'Trigger who I'm talkin' about, y'all, is hip-hop..."

  • Folks Beneath The Stairs - "Letter 2 C/O The Bronx"

    FUN DMC (2008)

    On this melodic monitor, West Coast indie rappers Folks Beneath Stairs take listeners on a musical journey via hip-hop historical past. Alongside the way in which they pay homage to the Bronx and its cultural icons.

    "Within the identify of hip-hop / The origin of the identify drop / Got here from gangstas working the numbers / In Harlem world, it was disco / Bronx was rugged / They was establishing / Taking part in for anyone who dug it / Like this y'all / It's like that child brother / Gotta give it to New York / The birthplace of my mom (hip-hop)..."

  • Ludacris - "I Do It for Hip-Hop" Feat. Nas and JAY-Z)

    Theater of the Thoughts (2008)

    Ludacris enlisted rap icons Nas and JAY-Z to rap about how hip-hop influenced them. Hov delivers the perfect verse as he recounts his days promoting medicine earlier than opting to promote rhymes and going legit.

    "I misplaced plenty of canines to those streets / I acquired Grammy Awards on these beats / Thank God for Kool Herc / With out your s--- I in all probability would've acquired merked / Shout out to Grandmaster Flash and to Caz / And even Jaz bum-ass / Hip-hop helped me wash my rocks / These different rappers couldn't wash my socks / That's why I took the primary slot / The realest s--- in rap comes from my voice field..."

  • Lupe Fiasco - "Hip-Hop Saved My Life" Feat. Nikki Jean

    Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (2007)

    On this improbable Soundtrakk-produced music, Lupe Fiasco narrates a narrative a few younger man’s journey to get out of the ghetto by pursuing a rap profession. The music reportedly was primarily based on Slim Thug who informed him that his lyrics reminded him of his early grind to develop into a rapper.

    "He picked up his son with an important large smile / Rapped each single phrase to the new child little one / Then he put him down and went again to the kitchen / And placed on one other beat and acquired again to the mission of / Get his momma out the hood / Put her someplace within the woods / Maintain his girl trying good / Have her rolling like she ought to / Present his homies there's a approach, aside from that flippin' yay..."

  • KRS-One - "Hip-Hop Data"

    The Sneak Assault (2001)

    KRS-One is a real ambassador of hip-hop tradition and its birthplace - the South Bronx. On this violin-driven monitor, the Teacha provides a chronological historical past of hip-hop and his involvement within the tradition in addition to within the rap business. It’s an enchanting hear.

    "We're advocating that hip-hop is not only a music, it's an angle, it's an consciousness, it's a option to view the world. So rap music, is one thing we do, however HIP-HOP is one thing we reside. And we take a look at hip-hop, in its 9 parts, which is breaking, emceeing, graffiti artwork, deejaying, beat-boxing, road trend, road language, road data, and road entrepenurialism - commerce and enterprise. That's the hip-hop that we're about..."

  • A Tribe Referred to as Quest - "Excursions "

    Low Finish Principle (1991)

    This head-nodding banger opened ATCQ’s hip-hop masterpiece The Low Finish Principle and set the tone for your entire album. Q-Tip is the only rapper on the monitor as he explains hip-hop’s evolution to which his dad likens to bebop.

    "Again within the days once I was a youngster / Earlier than I had standing and earlier than I had a pager / You can discover the Summary listenin' to hip-hop / My pops used to say, it reminded him of Bebop / I stated, 'Properly, Daddy, don't that issues go in cycles? / Method that Bobby Brown is simply amping like Michael' / It's all anticipated, issues are for the lookin' / If you happen to acquired the cash, Quest is for the bookin'..."

  • MC Shan - "Residing in The World of Hip-Hop"

    Down By Legislation (1987)

    MC Shan was among the many early innovators in rap throughout its infancy within the 1980s. It’s on this Marley Marl-produced music, the Queens rhymer salutes hip-hop and asserts that it’s going to be round for a very long time.

    "Hip-hop is the lifetime of the up-and-coming / Not by drive, by one's personal selection / Persuaded by the beat and the MC voice / There are individuals who adore it throughout the land / And there are people who suppose that it ought to be banned / Properly I say, 'I adore it, it comes from my coronary heart' / Very grateful for the day that it acquired its begin / Now that it acquired began, you see it received't cease / And also you'll be livin on the planet of hip-hop..."

  • useless prez - "Hip Hop"

    Let's Get Free (2000)

    In 2000, useless prez delivered this bombastic rap anthem with stic.man and M-1 expressing their concern over the commercialism, sexism and violent lyrics dominating the style.

    "These file labels slang our tapes like dope / You might be subsequent in line and signed and nonetheless be writing rhymes and broke / You'll relatively have a Lexus or justice? / A dream or some substance? / A Beamer, or a necklace or freedom? / Nonetheless a n---- like me don't playa-hate, I simply keep awake / This actual hip-hop / And it don't cease 'til we get the po-po off the block..."

  • Naughty By Nature - "Hip-Hop Hooray"

    19 Naughty III (1993)

    Naughty By Nature salutes hip-hop and their New Jersey hometown on their beloved anthem “Hip-hop Hooray.” The video was directed by Spike Lee himself.

    "Hip hop, hip hip hop, hip hip hop, hooray / There's many hungry hip-hoppers / One motive Hip Hop's tip-top immediately / Swerve what you heard 'trigger I ain't bailin' no hay / Ain't choppin' no crops, however nonetheless growin' daily..."

  • Infamous B.I.G. - "Juicy"

    Able to Die (1994)

    An plain hip-hop anthem, “Juicy” is the Infamous B.I.G.’s biography via the backdrop of rap’s reputation. From Marley Marl to Brucie B to Lovebug Starski, Biggie salutes the pioneers who not solely influenced him however the tradition at giant.

    "Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Child Capri / Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski / I'm blowin' up such as you thought I'd / Name the crib, identical quantity, identical hood, it's all good..."

  • Simply Ice - "Going Method Again"

    Kool & Lethal (1987)

    Now that is an oldie however goodie. Rap icon Simply Ice provides his first particular person account of Hip-Hop historical past. Simply identify checks the pioneers like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flex, Coke La Rock and lots of others.

    "However wherever Uptown, you all the time heard the sound / Hip-hop, funky beats, MCs getting down / The reality I swear, admit and declare / The Bronx was the primary, I do know, I used to be there / The beats have been dope, the sound was on / By the way in which saying Peace to my brother Melquan..."

  • Terminator X & the Godfathers of Threatt - "Herc's Message"

    Tremendous Dangerous (2004)

    A message from the founding father of hip-hop - DJ Kool Herc.

  • Boogie Down Productions - "South Bronx"

    Legal Minded (1987)

    Arguably, one of the vital iconic diss songs in rap, Boogie Down Productions’ “South Bronx” was a direct response to MC Shan’s “The Bridge.” The music ignited the notorious Bridge Wars that went on for practically a decade. As well as, KRS-One additionally particulars the early days of hip-hop. It’s the right companion piece to “Going Method Again” by Simply Ice, which was additionally featured on this listing.

    "Now approach again within the days when hip-hop started / With Coke LaRock, Kool Herc, after which Bam / B-boys ran to the newest jam / However when it acquired shot up they went house and stated "Rattling / There's acquired to be a greater option to hear our music daily / B-boys getting blown away however coming exterior anyway / They tried once more exterior in Cedar Park / Energy from a road gentle made the place darkish / However yo, they didn't care, they turned it out / I do know just a few perceive what I'm speaking about..."

  • Ultramagnetic MC's - "Bust The Information"

    Funk Your Head Up (1992)

    Kool Keith chronicles the early days of hip-hop and the DJs who rocked the events. He additionally throws a slight dissed to Kool Moe Dee with whom he had a rap beef with.

    "The get together you pay see / Kool Herc with Jay Cee / The Herculoids battle, The Disco Twins
    Funky rhymes with breakbeats, the DJ spins / For the L Brothers, stepping proper within the scene / Imply Gene was maxing, Rockin Rob went to work / Whereas the tables would flip, the previous needles used to jerk / With the belt drive, Technics and B-1's / With the orange gentle shining, the pink on D-1's / Direct drive and Nova, I'm chilling with G.L.O.B.E / Mr. Biggs and Pow-Wow, Monk and Superman..."