Lyrical genre that arose in the early 1980s to talk about the lifestyle of poverty, drugs, sex, guns and street fashions in the inner city urban ghettos of New York and Los Angeles. Usually rapped, or rhythmically spoken, but sometimes sung, hip-hop often features DJs or "scratch artists" who mix vinyl discs on twin turntables as an integral part of performance. Commercially released hip-hop recordings commonly sample, or borrow from, previously made recordings. Some hip-hop music has reached mainstream culture status in television commercials and awards programs, but "gangsta" rappers seem determined to maintain an aura of defiance and outrageousness much as some rockers go out of their way to cultivate a reputation for bad taste. Notable artists include Run D.M.C., Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dog, and Eminem.

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A's Down South Hip Hop World
Information about down south artists like Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Master P, Lil Troy, Mystikal. Also new audio, lyrics, release dates, freestyle competitions and unreleased albums.
AOL Radio: Top Hip Hop
Online videos, streaming audio and artist information.
The Box
Sound and video files, pictures and discography for old school artists, battles and the artists; EPMD, LL Cool J and The Fat Boys.
The Cipher
Pictures, multimedia, free e-mail and fan forum.
DaLinkz
Directory of over 400 rap and hiphop links, including bands and artists, record labels, stores, magazines, audio and video.
Davey D's Hip-Hop Corner
News, reviews, interviews, articles, charts and message boards.
Dig Deep Online
Features artist pages, chat, message board, reviews, charts, photos, and underground store.
Donmega.com
Westcoast gangsta rap news and information. Features biographies, discographies, pictures, lyrics, wallpapers and audio.
EURweb
Home of the Electronic Urban Report (EUR)
Flow Session
Message board and top 10 raps.
Hip Hop Battleground
Streaming audio, news, freestyle and chat room, artwork, backgrounds, wallpaper, and reviews.
Hip Hop Game
Offers news, audio, reviews, lyrics, videos and a fan forum.
Hip Hop Havoc
Features mixtapes and exclusives from top artists in streaming audio, including release dates and the latest news.
The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University
A virtual resource for Hiphop scholars, teachers, activists, and anyone else who wants to use Hiphop to empower individuals and communities.
Hiphopbattle.com
Watch hip hop artists compete for studio time. Also has poetry competitions and graffiti contests.
HipHopDX.com
Up to date news, reviews, and one of the biggest collection of hip hop Links.
HipHopHotSpot.Com
News, articles, album reviews, artist profiles and online store.
HipHopSite
Features exclusive and hard to find Real Audio clips, reviews and store.
Pinnacle Rhythms Productions
Original hip-hop instrumentals for emcees. [Requires Flash]
Project B.U.
Search engine dedicated to Hip-Hop culture. Includes artist news, forum, and a store.
Rap Industry
Industry news, interviews, videos and samples.
Rapdirt.com
Get the latest news, pictures, gossip, concert information, reviews, multimedia, and links on your favorite rap music stars.
RapMusic.com
News and information on the music and artists in hip-hop, rap and rhythm and blues.
RapSearch
Urban search engine providing information on Hip-Hop, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Dance, artist information, and top sites programs.
Real Rap
Album reviews, sound files, and forum.
South-West Connection
News, links, message board, interviews and reviews from mainly Southern and West Coast artists.
URBNET: The Urban Entertainment Network
Includes interviews, news, reviews, release dates, and charts.

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