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

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: .      

Janice Headley takes us back to 1976 with graffiti artist Lee Quiñones and the time he and The Fabulous Five tagged a ten-car subway train in a single night. …

Dusty Henry and Martin Douglas revisit 1995 with the track “Shook Ones, Pt. II” by Mobb Deep, who we’ll hear from in this episode. Subscribe: . &nbs…

Larry Mizell Jr. revisits 2008, a pivotal year in the rise (and fall) of Kanye West. Subscribe: .      

Isabel Khalili talks with two members of DAM about the themes from Ben Haana Wa Maana, and more. Subscribe: .      

Isabel Khalili revisits 2019 with the album Ben Haana Wa Maana by the Arabic hip-hop pioneers DAM. Subscribe: .