The Art of Storytelling: A Hip Hop Time Capsule

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  • "Rapper's Delight" 12-Inch
  • Boom Box
  • Illmatic cassette
  • Motorola 2-Way Pager
  • Grandmaster Flash's First Mixer
  • Biggie's Coogi Sweater
  • Run DMC
  • Flavor Flav
  • Flavor Flav
  • Lil Wayne's Skateboard
  • Jay-Z
  • ARMY HHA12 ArtOfStorytelling FbCover
  • Biggie, Jay-Z, Flavor Flav

Illmatic cassette

Nas' 1994 solo debut, Illmatic, is arguably the perfect hip hop album and it's a great way to represent just how poetic, lyrical and introspective rap can be. Plus, we've got it on cassette — true, CDs were already popping off at this time, but a grimy New York album like this sounds better on a Walkman with tape hiss.

(Photo: Columbia Records)'

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