Rap music has always existed as an element of Hip Hop since the culture’s birth in the early 1970s. The first rappers (called MCs) would rap over funk, reggae, dub, soul, and disco beats. Vanilla Vice pays tribute to the most memorable Hip-Hop artists of the time: The Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash, Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys, L. L. Cool J, Sir Mix A lot, Young MC, and so-on.
REMEMBER: Hip Hop is first and foremost a culture with five important elements: the b-boys (break dancers), Graffiti/Aerosol artists, MCs, DJs, and the beatboxers. Knowledge and understanding and respect for Hip Hop and its roots are vital.