Sampled: Tom Tom Club, “Genius of Love” (1981)
The Tom Tom Club's 1981 hit "Genius of Love" has been one of the most popular samples in hip-hop and R&B. In this new series, we broke down the history of the song, and some classic '90s and '00s cuts that sampled the track.
Yo, Rap Takes Over MTV: August 6 in Hip-Hop History
Rap’s breakthrough cable TV show, PM Dawn’s debut and the unlikeliest superhero that only Robert Townsend could dream of all were introduced to the world on this eventful day — and we’re just getting started with today's hip-hop history.
A Dancefloor Classic is Born: August 2 in Hip-Hop History
One of the most requested songs in hip-hop history was released on this day by classic duo Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, and the anthem endures. Learn about this vital song and more today in hip-hop history.
Public Enemy Crowdsource Beats, Will Smith Establishes ‘Homebase': July 23 in Hip-Hop History
Classic album releases, a crazy concert revival and the loss of one of the world’s pre-eminent hip-hop savvy torch singers defines our day in history.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mariah Carey + More: July 19 in Hip-Hop History
Breakdowns, come-ups and remembrances are all a part of today in hip-hop history, which is jam-packed with fun facts.
July 17 in Hip-Hop History: Guru, Boogie Down Productions + More
Today’s look at hip-hop history is bittersweet as we reflect on those who we have lost, like Eric Garner and Guru, as we also celebrate milestone releases in hip-hop and R&B.