50 Years of Hip-Hop

Hosted by Larry Mizell, Jr.

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. 


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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: .