November is Hip-Hop History Month, where we give celebration to what hip hop has done to bring together people of the world, people of all nationalities, young people, all the political systems and politicians on the planet.
— Afrika Bambaataa
Hip Hop Photo Collage

Anytime is a great time to reflect on an art form & lifestyle that means so much to so many. Since November has been designated Hip Hop History Month I hope you'll join me for 30 days of celebrating some of its trailblazers, contributors, memories and the overall beauty of Hip Hop.  This post will be updated daily, so be sure to check back and share any flashbacks or highlights that are special to you in the comments.

Day 1

Track of the Day: Slick Rick- Children's Story

Released on this Day

November 1, 1988 Slick Rick dropped The Great Adventures of Slick Rick 

November 1, 1988 Slick Rick dropped The Great Adventures of Slick Rick 

Flashback Photo of the Day

Word Up! Magazine June 1996

Word Up! Magazine June 1996

Hip Hop Education: Afrika Bambaataa on Hip Hop, History and Culture

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Dezert Eez

Day 2

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it’s not compromised. It’s blunt. It’s raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words.
— Nas

Track of the Day: The Roots- Silent Treatment

Released on This Day

November 2, 1999 Rah Digga drops "Dirty Harriet"

November 2, 1999 Rah Digga drops "Dirty Harriet"

November 2, 1999 The Roots dropped "The Roots Come Alive"

November 2, 1999 The Roots dropped "The Roots Come Alive"

November 2, 2000 Nightmares on Wax dropped "DJ-Kicks: Nightmares on Wax"

November 2, 2000 Nightmares on Wax dropped "DJ-Kicks: Nightmares on Wax"

Flashback Photo of the Day

Right On! November 1989

Right On! November 1989

Hip Hop Education: 40 Years of Hip Hop by KRS-One

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Anagram

Day 3

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.
— Doug E. Fresh

Track of the Day: Geto Boys- Mind Playing Tricks on Me

Released on this Day

November 3, 1992 Geto Boys dropped "Uncut Dope: Geto Boys Best"

November 3, 1992 Geto Boys dropped "Uncut Dope: Geto Boys Best"

November 3, 1992 Positive K dropped "The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills"

November 3, 1992 Positive K dropped "The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills"

November 3, 1998 Juvenile dropped "400 Degreez"

November 3, 1998 Juvenile dropped "400 Degreez"

Flashback Photo of the Day

Right On! Magazine

Right On! Magazine

Hip Hop Education: Beat Kings- The History of Hip Hop

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Awthentik

Day 4

Quote of the Day

Hip Hop is ever changing but you’ll always have the pack. And you’ll always have those people who are separated from the pack.
— Eminem

Track of the Day: Rakim- "Guess Who's Back"

Released on this Day

November 4, 1986 Too $hort dropped "Raw Uncut and X-Rated"

November 4, 1986 Too $hort dropped "Raw Uncut and X-Rated"

November 4, 1987 Ice-T dropped "Rhyme Pays"

November 4, 1987 Ice-T dropped "Rhyme Pays"

November 4, 1997 Rakim dropped "The 18th Letter"

November 4, 1997 Rakim dropped "The 18th Letter"

November 4, 1997 Jay-Z dropped "In My Lifetime Vol 1"

November 4, 1997 Jay-Z dropped "In My Lifetime Vol 1"

November 4, 2003 Ja-Rule dropped "Blood in My Eye"

November 4, 2003 Ja-Rule dropped "Blood in My Eye"

November 4, 2003 Pete Rock dropped Lost & Found: Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics

November 4, 2003 Pete Rock dropped Lost & Found: Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics

November 4, 2003 Too $hort dropped "Married to the Game"

November 4, 2003 Too $hort dropped "Married to the Game"

Flashback Photo of the Day

WordUp! Magazine 

WordUp! Magazine 

Hip Hop Education: The History of Hip Hop

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Jon GodLee

Day 5

Quote of the Day

Hip Hop is the last true folk art
— Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def

Track of the Day: 2Pac- Hail Mary f. Outlawz

Released on this Day

November 5, 1996 2Pac/Makaveli- "The Don Killuminati 7 Day Theory" was released

November 5, 1996 2Pac/Makaveli- "The Don Killuminati 7 Day Theory" was released

Flashback Photo of the Day

1986 Hip Hop Event Flyer

1986 Hip Hop Event Flyer

Hip Hop Education: Beat This! A Hip Hop History

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Valid

Day 6

Quote of the Day

The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it’s like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it’ll be a hip-hop song. That’s the only music you can do that with.
— Talib Kweli

Track of the Day: Kool Moe Dee- "Wild Wild West"

Released on this Day

November 6, 1987 Kool Moe Dee dropped "How Ya Like Me Now"

November 6, 1987 Kool Moe Dee dropped "How Ya Like Me Now"

November 6, 1987 N.W.A. dropped "N.W.A. and the Posse"

November 6, 1987 N.W.A. dropped "N.W.A. and the Posse"

November 6, 2001 Petey Pablo dropped "Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry"

November 6, 2001 Petey Pablo dropped "Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry"

November 6, 2001 Ludacris dropped "Word of Mouf"

November 6, 2001 Ludacris dropped "Word of Mouf"

Flashback Photo of the Day

Slick Rick & Run

Slick Rick & Run

Hip Hop Education: History of Hip Hop Culture Summed Up in 10 Minutes

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Allen Poe

Day 7

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is a cultural expression - it’s embracing.
— Nikki Giovanni

Track of the Day: GZA- "Shadowboxin'" f. Method Man

Released on this Day

November 7, 1989 Queen Latifah dropped "All Hail the Queen"

November 7, 1989 Queen Latifah dropped "All Hail the Queen"

November 7, 1995 GZA dropped "Liquid Swords"

November 7, 1995 GZA dropped "Liquid Swords"

November 7, 1995 Goodie Mob dropped "Soul Food"

November 7, 1995 Goodie Mob dropped "Soul Food"

November 7, 2000 Outlawz dropped "Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us"

November 7, 2000 Outlawz dropped "Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us"

November 7, 2004 Bizzy Bone dropped "The Beginning and the End"

November 7, 2004 Bizzy Bone dropped "The Beginning and the End"

Flashback Photo of the Day

Queen Latifah & MC Lyte

Queen Latifah & MC Lyte

Hip Hop Education: Yo! MTV Raps Documentary   

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Saan Solo

Day 8

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is supposed to help you elevate, or go higher.
— Common

Track of the Day: Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Searching 

Released on this Day

November 8, 1994 Pete Rock & CL Smooth dropped "The Main Ingredient"

November 8, 1994 Pete Rock & CL Smooth dropped "The Main Ingredient"

November 8, 1994 Keith Murray dropped "The Most Beautifullest Thing in this World"

November 8, 1994 Keith Murray dropped "The Most Beautifullest Thing in this World"

November 8, 2004 Ja'Rule dropped R.U.L.E.

November 8, 2004 Ja'Rule dropped R.U.L.E.

Flashback Photo of the Day

YSB January 1993

YSB January 1993

Hip Hop Education (and Humor) : Portlandia Sketch - History of Hip Hop 

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Faze Blue le'goon

Day 9

Quote of the Day

People can look to me as a teacher, but I consider myself a student of hip-hop.
— Doug E. Fresh

Track of the Day: A Tribe Called Quest- "Electric Relaxation"

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

The Source Magazine, Jan 1994

The Source Magazine, Jan 1994

Hip Hop Education: The Art of 16 Bars

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight M.E.D.- Mental Elastic Dynasty

Day 10

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling.
— Erykah Badu

Track of the Day: DJ Quick- So Many Wayz f.2nd II None & Peter Gunz

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Hip Hop Education: Money Power Respect

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Ke Sera

Day 11

Quote of the Day

Hip Hop is all over the planet
— Herbie Hancock

Track of the Day: 2 Pac- Holler if Ya Hear Me

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Shock G & 2Pac

Shock G & 2Pac

Hip Hop Education: Eclectic Method - A Brief History of Sampling

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- B-Side

Day 12

Quote of the Day

That’s what hip-hop is: It’s sociology and English put to a beat, you know.
— Talib Kweli

Track of the Day: Snoop Dogg- Snoop's Upside Ya Head

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Leaders of the New School

Leaders of the New School

Hip Hop Education: Looking for the Perfect Beat

Indie Spotlight- Praverb the Wyse 

Day 13

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop started as this niche moment, and the values of it, the cultures that it carried on its back; language, clothes, the way you wear your clothes, the items that you consume, all came with the music as an art form. And those things helped transform how people buy, shop, speak, engage.
— Steve Stoute

Track of the Day: Ghostface Killah- Strawberry 

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Vibe, October 1995

Vibe, October 1995

Hip Hop Education: Scratch

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- WuZee

Day 14

Quote of the Day

When you talk about rap you have to understand that rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture.
— Afrika Bambaataa

Track of the Day: The Pharcyde - Runnin' 

Released on this Day

"Labcabincalifornia" - The Pharcyde (1995)

"Labcabincalifornia" - The Pharcyde (1995)

"The Collection: Volume Two" - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2000)

"The Collection: Volume Two" - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2000)

"Beg for Mercy" - G-Unit (2003)

"Beg for Mercy" - G-Unit (2003)

"The Black Album" - Jay-Z (2003)

"The Black Album" - Jay-Z (2003)

Flashback Photo of the Day

The Source, January 1994

The Source, January 1994

Hip Hop Education: Founding Fathers: The Untold Story of Hip Hop 

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight-Sheba Shane

Day 15

Quote of the Day

I love the hip-hop nation.
— Pam Grier

Track of the Day: Method Man- Bring the Pain

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

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Hip Hop Education: History of the Birth of Hip Hop Culture

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Iyadonna

Day 16

Quote of the Day

Hip Hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry.
— Michael Eric Dyson

Track of the Day: MF DOOM- Vomitspit

Released on this Day

"Black Reign" - Queen Latifah (1993)

"Black Reign" - Queen Latifah (1993)

"Shock of the Hour" - MC Ren (1993)

"Shock of the Hour" - MC Ren (1993)

"Straight Up Sewaside" - Das EFX (1993)

"Straight Up Sewaside" - Das EFX (1993)

"Immobilarity" - Raekwon (1999)

"Immobilarity" - Raekwon (1999)

"Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha" - Kurupt (1999)

"Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha" - Kurupt (1999)

"2001" - Dr. Dre (1999)

"2001" - Dr. Dre (1999)

"Willennium" - Will Smith (1999)

"Willennium" - Will Smith (1999)

"Crunk Juice" - Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (2004)

"Crunk Juice" - Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (2004)

"Greatest Hits" - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (2004)

"Greatest Hits" - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (2004)

"Mm.. Food"- MF Doom (2004)

"Mm.. Food"- MF Doom (2004)

"Powerballin'" - Chingy (2004)

"Powerballin'" - Chingy (2004)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: Women In Hip Hop History & the Influence of Lauryn Hill [Documentary] 

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Young Havok

Day 17

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is the only music in the world where you can take any instrument and make it hip hop. It’s anybody’s music. It’s what you make of it. That’s for anything you do in life.
— Yelawolf

Track of the Day: Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock- Turn it Out (Go Base)

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: Yo! MTV Raps Episode 1 (1988)

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Ovastandas

Day 18

Quote of the Day

Hip hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape.
— Busta Rhymes

Track of the Day: LL Cool J- I Can't Live Without My Radio


Released on this Day

"Radio" - LL Cool J (1985)

"Radio" - LL Cool J (1985)

"Revolutionary Vol. 2" - Immortal Technique (2003)

"Revolutionary Vol. 2" - Immortal Technique (2003)

"Under Construction, Part II" - Timbaland & Magoo (2003)

"Under Construction, Part II" - Timbaland & Magoo (2003)

"Weekend Warrior" - Biz Markie (2003)

"Weekend Warrior" - Biz Markie (2003)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Gang Starr

Gang Starr

Hip Hop Education: And Ya Don't Stop 30 Years of Hip Hop

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Weird Family

Day 19

Quote of the Day

I want kids of this generation to see that everything is cool, that there’s some kind of unity in hip-hop. We all found something that’s really important to us, and music is all we’ve really got.
— Missy Elliott

Track of the Day: Talib Kweli- Get By

Released on this Day

"Cool Hand Lōc" - Tone Lōc (1991)

"Cool Hand Lōc" - Tone Lōc (1991)

"Hell on Earth" - Mobb Deep (1996)

"Hell on Earth" - Mobb Deep (1996)

"Ill Na Na" - Foxy Brown (1996)

"Ill Na Na" - Foxy Brown (1996)

"Greatest Hits (Geto Boys album)"- Geto Boys (2002)

"Greatest Hits (Geto Boys album)"- Geto Boys (2002)

"Last Temptation" - Ja Rule (2002)

"Last Temptation" - Ja Rule (2002)

"Mic Club: The Curriculum" - Canibus (2002)

"Mic Club: The Curriculum" - Canibus (2002)

"Quality" - Talib Kweli (2002)

"Quality" - Talib Kweli (2002)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Jay Z, Lauryn Hill & Common

Jay Z, Lauryn Hill & Common

Hip Hop Education: PBS Independent Lens HIP HOP Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Sean Summerlin

Day 20

Quote of the Day

Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.
— Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def

Track of the Day: Run DMC - The Ave

Released on this Day

"Back from Hell" - Run-D.M.C. (1990)

"Back from Hell" - Run-D.M.C. (1990)

"Cappadonna Hits" - Cappadonna (2001)

"Cappadonna Hits" - Cappadonna (2001)

"Indecent Proposal" - Timbaland & Magoo (2001)

"Indecent Proposal" - Timbaland & Magoo (2001)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Nice & Smooth

Nice & Smooth

Hip Hop Education: True Hip-Hop Stories: Lords Of The Underground 

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Miz Jes & Phire Free

Day 21

Quote of the Day

Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness.
— Erykah Badu

Track of the Day: LL Cool J- Hey Lover f. Boyz II Men

Released on this Day

"Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio (1995)

"Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio (1995)

"Mr. Smith" - LL Cool J (1995)

"Mr. Smith" - LL Cool J (1995)

"Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton" - Eazy-E (1995)

"Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton" - Eazy-E (1995)

"Checkmate" - B.G. (2000)

"Checkmate" - B.G. (2000)

"The Reunion" - Capone-N-Noreaga (2000)

"The Reunion" - Capone-N-Noreaga (2000)

"Space Age 4 Eva" - 8Ball & MJG (2000)

"Space Age 4 Eva" - 8Ball & MJG (2000)

"The W" - Wu-Tang Clan (2000)

"The W" - Wu-Tang Clan (2000)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Chi Ali & Kriss Kross

Chi Ali & Kriss Kross

Hip Hop Education: Farbeon - Hip Hop Re Education

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight - Holly Starks & Kay Fly

Day 22

Quote of the Day

Well, hip hop is what makes the world go around.
— Snoop Dogg

Track of the Day: Slick Rick- Behind Bars

Released on this Day

"Behind Bars" - Slick Rick (1994)

"Behind Bars" - Slick Rick (1994)

"Bootlegs & B-Sides" - Ice Cube (1994)

"Bootlegs & B-Sides" - Ice Cube (1994)

"Dare Iz a Darkside" - Redman (1994)

"Dare Iz a Darkside" - Redman (1994)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Biggie, Lil' Kim & Junior Mafia

Biggie, Lil' Kim & Junior Mafia

Hip Hop Education: Most Rare Hip Hop Flyer Collection - Get Gone TV   

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Fusion

Day 23

Quote of the Day

Art is a way to express yourself and through that you can escape a bad situation.
— Russell Simmons

Track of the Day: Redman- I'll Bee Dat

Released on this Day

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Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: True Hip-Hop Stories: Buckshot (of Black Moon)

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- H

Day 24

Quote of the Day

Never try to make the same record twice, even when people are screaming for the same sound.
— Chuck D

Track of the Day: The Pharcyde- Passin' Me By

Released on this Day

"Licensed to Ill" - Beastie Boys (1986)

"Licensed to Ill" - Beastie Boys (1986)

"Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde" - The Pharcyde (1992)

"Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde" - The Pharcyde (1992)

"Live and Let Die"- Kool G Rap (1992)

"Live and Let Die"- Kool G Rap (1992)

Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop History: 10 Cool Facts About Hip Hop with Grandmaster Flash

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Kevin "V.H." Lavender, CEO of Truth Tone Records

Day 25

Quote of the Day

I grew up around hip-hop so I didn’t think it was about being cool or being black or being white or whatever.
— Chad Hugo

Track of the Day: 2Pac - Do For Love

Released on this Day

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Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: Bay Area Hip Hop History: Veteran Dancers Reminisce About Local Styles | KQED Arts   

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Philosophy Cole

Day 26

Quote of the Day

I’m serious; I don’t, I don’t rap. I flow; I’m a flow-er. You’ve got rappers, you got MCs, and then you got flow-ers, I’m a flow-er.
— Method Man

Track of the Day: Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey f The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want   

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Doug E. Fresh

Doug E. Fresh

Hip Hop Education: Big Fun In The Big Town - Dutch TV Hip Hop Doc (1986)   

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- STG Musiq

Day 27

Quote of the Day

To know the rules of the game, you have to be educated.
— LL Cool J

Track of the Day Eazy E- We Want Eazy

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Hip Hop Education: Make Some Noise

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Red VelveTT

Day 28

Quote of the Day

My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely.
— Nas

Track of the Day: Technotronic- Pump Up the Jam

Released on this Day

Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: What Ever Happened to Hip Hop?

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Ashim

Day 29

Quote of the Day

I’m just basically spillin’ out my emotions to the world. ‘Cause rap is about emotion. And I want you to feel what I’m feelin’, ‘cause that’s what it’s all about.
— Ludacris

Track of the Day: Outkast - Player's Ball

Flashback Photo of the Day

Hip Hop Education: Stüssy x Yo! MTV Raps - Part 2 - Fashion in the Golden Age of Hip Hop

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Jenezyz aka FatBoy

Day 30

Quote of the Day

I can’t control what people think. I’m not trying to manipulate people’s thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It’s machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
— Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def

Track of the Day: Nas - Thief's Theme

Released on this Day

"The Master" - Rakim (1999)

"The Master" - Rakim (1999)

"Collision Course" - Linkin Park and Jay-Z (2004)

"Collision Course" - Linkin Park and Jay-Z (2004)

"Street's Disciple" - Nas (2004)

"Street's Disciple" - Nas (2004)

"Urban Legend" - T.I. (2004)

"Urban Legend" - T.I. (2004)

Flashback Photo of the Day

House Party

House Party

Hip Hop Education: Rapido - The History Of Hip Hop

Hip Hop History in the Making: Indie Spotlight- Dave Gutter