CSI: HipHop Pt. I


This episode represents the first in a multi-part series exploring the question, "When did HipHop go from a predominantly creative outlet for artistic and cultural expression to a commercial tool wielded by jackasses for the glorification of ignorance, pathology, and conspicuous consumption?" 

Using, the Billboard Rap charts as a guide, J (@HipHopTaliban), East Coast Dre (@AndreCole), and Professor Adolphus Belk Jr. (@abjrphd), examine HipHop music, month-by-month, year-by-year, from the Golden Era to the Trap — Along the way, identifying a list of suspects to later be charged with the high crime of attempting to kill HipHop!

Listeners can follow along with the discussion by downloading a pdf document containing 26 years of rap music charts HERE.

We also say a fond farewell to West Coast Dre and pay respects to Sean Price.

  • 26:32 — 1989 - 1990
  • 43:15 —  1991
  • 51:18 —   1992
  • 01:09:32 — RIP Sean Price