DJ Kool Herc is considered the Father of Hip Hop. The Jamaican born, South Bronx raised DJ created hip hop in August of 1973. Herc and his sister decided to host a party on a hot summer night—a night that changed music forever. At the party—called the Back to School Jam—DJ Kool Herc introduced the world to hip hop as he deejayed instrumentals, from 9 P.M. to 4 A.M., while his friends emceed over the instrumentals.
Salt-N-Pepa is an all women’s rap trio from New York. They made their mark in hip hop at a time when hip hop was male-dominated. Salt-N-Pepa embodies what it means to be trailblazers as they push the envelope for all women in music.
Bad Boy Records is a record label with hip hop’s finest artists. Bad Boy’s legacy is undeniable as the music created under that name shaped hip hop, not just in the ’90s but for current hip hop. Some of the Bad Boy’s artists from the ’90s include Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, Mase, and Craig Mack.
Although beginning her career in the 90s, Missy Elliot’s most iconic music was created in the 2000s. Missy Elliot’s visual components made her stand out the most as she incorporated tricky and fun choreography, trendy clothes and had a smooth delivery of punch lines. All of this makes her iconic. Fun fact: Missy Elliot led female rap album sales in the 2000s and currently has six certified platinum albums.
The most iconic hip hop artist from the 2010s is undoubtedly Nicki Minaj. Nicki Minaj is the most innovative and versatile rapper as she switches between her alter egos, such as Nicki Lewinsky, Barbie, Female Weezy, Roman Zolanski, and her most recent alter ego Queen Sleeze. Nicki Minaj wasn’t joking when she said she has multiple “sons” as almost every woman in todays’ rap has been inspired by her and Nicki has yet to meet her predecessor.