RZA, Cordae, Lupe Fiasco & More Discuss Hip-Hop in Every Decade

In light of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, six rappers look back at the decades they thrived in.
Interviews: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story appears in the Spring 2023 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Today marks 50 years since hip-hop was born. The genre has evolved massively since DJ Kool Herc’s Rec Room party in The Bronx on Aug. 11, 1973, which is widely regarded as the day hip-hop first showed signs of life.

From there, the four pillars of DJing, MCing, breakdancing and graffiti began to bloom under the umbrella of rap as forms of expression. And over the last six decades, those early foundations have helped grow hip-hop into being a global phenomenon.

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