Hip Hop: Oldschool 1981 -1992

By Fernand8 Fernand8
updated 5 months ago

I will split the list when I reach 150 tracks into: Oldschool Hip Hop 1980 - 1988 and Late 80's Hip Hop 1987 - 1992.

On Oldschool Hip Hop I am a novice.
I lived through the time Hip Hop surfaced in the charts. I didnt collect records back then (regretfully). The list mostly consists of what I have and what I still want to collect. With limited knowledge and a genre that is not my primairy focus this is my list:

1) Early Break-Beat and Funk that is refered as Pre Hip Hop or great influencers of Hip Hop are not on this list.
2) Rap Disco is also not on this list as I consider it not to be Hip Hop. Though I fully respect the evolution of Rap and the importance of it for Hip Hop as a genre. I put Rappers Delight as a teaser starter for this list because it was my introduction back then. (1979 - 1986)
3) The Early New York Hip Hop is on this list. (1980 - 1984) Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa.
4) The Classic Hip Hop era (1983 - 1988) MC's on a drummachine => Smoothening out for world wide hits. (Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim)
5) The Old School West Coast (1982 - 1987) Curly Break Dancers on the beach => Bandana Gangsta's. (Egyptian Lover)
Not on the list because I classify it as Electro.
6) World of Hip Hop Hits (1989 - 2000) Made anywhere, black or white, hard or smooth (Beasty Boys, De La Soul, LL Cool J., Kris Kross, Public Enemy)
7) Gangsta (1991 - 1998)
8) California Gangsta (1993 - 2004) Mainstream R&B Hip Hop
9) Post Hip Hop (2004 - ) Lost interest apart from the very best that always pops up.

Non Electro and non Disco dominated Oldschool Hip Hop. Untill about 1987 one can hear the real Oldschool style, after that the scene changed and broke up into different sub genres. Some Oldschool reached the charts and became popish or better it became mature (Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Eric B & Rakim) and from there it took off.
It is a choice to say De La Soul, MC Young, Tone Loc belong to Oldschool. To me they represent the change towards what happened in the nineties with East Coast, West Coast, Gangsta, R&B Hip Hop and any other sub genre of Hip Hop that came.

I am a generalist not a specialist. I make these lists to breakdown my collection and wantlist into (sub)genres. I constantly try to improve my lists so they are never complete. I am happy to incorporate suggestions, but please raise the bar.

  1. Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight

    1979. Pre Hop: Rap Disco, Just on the list to show that Rap Disco is not really Hip Hop.

  2. Willie Wood & Willie Wood Crew - Willie Rap

    10 For Sale from $8.99

    1979. Yeah rap disco.. but great yo.

  3. Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch

    48 For Sale from $1.47

    1983. She's Looking Like A Hobo

  4. Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic 3* - It's Life (You Gotta Think Twice)

    16 For Sale from $3.00

    1983. Hip Hop first then Electro to me.