12 Hip-Hop Moments That Millennials Will Never Understand

12 Hip Hop Moments #KidsTodayWillNeverKnow

12 Hip-Hop Moments That Millennials Will Never Understand

The genre is pretty popular now, but here are some moments children today unfortunately missed.

Published July 18, 2017

  1. How Epic It Was to Mix Rock and Rap


    RUN DMC AND AEROSMITH COLLABORATED ON THE TRACK "WALK THIS WAY" BACK IN 1986. FYI, THIS WAS  PRE-MILLY ROCK

  2. Shell-Toe Adidas


    IF YOU HAD A PAIR, YOU WERE LIT.

  3. That Drake Wasn't the First Rapper to Show Emotion in His Songs – LL Was


    LIGHT-SKIN FACE ORIGINATOR

  4. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN SNOOP CALLED OUT THE EAST COAST DURING THE SOURCE AWARDS


    THIS WAS HOW BEEF WAS SET UP.

  5. SPOTTING YOUR FAVE RAPPER FREESTYLING ON THE CORNER


    OH SNAP!

  6. WITNESSING A RAP BEEF FIRSTHAND

    OR HEARING ABOUT ONE OR HEARING ABOUT YOUR FRIEND WHO SAW ONE IN PERSON OR A FRIEND OF A FRIEND WHO HEARD ABOUT THE BATTLE.

  7. MARTHA AND BUSTA RHYMES PRESENTING A VMA TOGETHER


    MARTHA AND SNOOP BEFORE MARTHA AND SNOOP.

  8. A FLORIDA JUDGE OUTLAWING 2 LIVE CREW'S 'NASTY AS THEY WANNA BE' ALBUM


    WELL, THEIR LYRICS WERE...NEVERMIND.

  9. HOW POPPIN' 'YO! MTV RAPS' WAS


    AYE! IT'S THE HOMIE FAB 5 FREDDY.

  10. WHEN HIP-HOP WAS HELLA POLITICAL


    PROFESSOR GRIFF GOT KICKED OUT OF PUBLIC ENEMY FOR MAKING ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS. PUBLIC ENEMY EVENTUALLY DISBANDED SHORTLY AFTER. 

  11. DJ JAZZY JEFF AND WILL SMITH WINNING THE FIRST BEST RAP PERFORMANCE GRAMMY


    CAN'T SAY WILL SMITH ISN'T THE ULTIMATE RAGS TO RICHES STORY.

  12. WHAT LAURYN HILL REALLY DID FOR HIP-HOP MUSIC


    WHILE MANY FEMCESS PAVED THE WAY, LAURYN PUSHED THE MOVEMENT. AFTER WINNING FIVE OF THE 10 GRAMMY AWARDS SHE WAS NOMINATED FOR, HER DEBUT ALBUM WENT ON TO SELL 19 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE. LAURYN BROUGHT RAP AND R&B TO A NEW SET OF LISTERNERS WHEN HIP-HOP WAS STILL NOT AS MAINSTREAM/UNIVERSAL AS IT IS NOW. 


LEARN MORE HIP-HOP STORIES BY WATCHING "TALES," PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JUNE 27 8P/7C.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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