50 Years of Hip-Hop

Hosted by Larry Mizell, Jr., Martin Douglas

A party in the Bronx on August 11th, 1973 is widely considered to be the birthplace of hip-hop. The art form has since touched every corner of our world and evolved into one of the most significant cultural forces today. 50 Years of Hip-Hop, hosted by KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr, celebrates the anniversary by highlighting a different year of its history each week. Jumping around the timeline from 1973 to today, expect personal reflections, iconic tracks and albums, and conversations around the genesis of the culture. Episodes drop weekly starting February 1, 2023.

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50 Years of Hip-Hop Episodes

Martin Douglas concludes the series with a visit back to 2022 with the track “Pollo Rico” by billy woods. Subscribe: .      

Janice Headley revisits the Cedar Park Jams, which kicked off in the spring of 1974.   Subscribe: .      

Larry Mizell Jr. talks with DJ Supreme La Rock about the original way for compiling and sharing music in hip-hop's early days: "old school tapes."  Subscrib…

Martin Douglas revisits 2011 with the track “Thuggin’” by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Subscribe: .      

Martin Douglas revisits 1999 with an overview of The Alchemist's career, alongside a parallel story of Martin's reignited passion for making beats of his own. …

Dusty Henry revisits 1996 with the album 3 'n the Mornin' (Part Two) by DJ Screw. Subscribe: .      

Roddy Nikpour talks with Chris Read, head of content at WhoSampled, about four iconic tracks from 1990 Subscribe: .      

Dusty Henry revisits 2007 with the track "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy. Subscribe: .      

Martin Douglas revisits 1998 with the track “Ha” by Juvenile. Subscribe: .      

Janice Headley revisits 1992 with the track “Tennessee” by Arrested Development, a Grammy-Award-winning single inspired by grief on an immediate and intergener…

To celebrate Indigenous People's Day, Kevin Sur revisits 2014 with the album Sheplife by Briggs. Subscribe: .      

This week, Dusty Henry digs into Jamaican influence on hip-hop and Sister Nancy's perseverance. Subscribe: .