Genres: Royalty Free Music , Hip Hop and Rap

 Genres: Royalty Free Music , Hip Hop and Rap

Genres: Royalty Free Music , Hip Hop and Rap

For the early part of the 80s, Rap made a large impression on the Billboard R&B charts, but failed to break into the mainstream, then came the big break through. In 1986, Run DMC turned an old Aerosmith tune into a 80s Hip Hop classic. Their collaboration with Aerosmith on the song was a smash hit. The song went all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ushered in the commercialization of 80s Hip Hop. The song made Run DMC a mainstay on MTV and they followed it up with a very popular video for featuring Penn & Teller.

Genres: Royalty Free Music , Hip Hop and Rap

Genres: Royalty Free Music , Hip Hop and Rap

The success of Run DMC set the stages for a Billboard Hot 100 chart takeover by 80s Hip Hop. Some of the acts to build on this success included the Beastie Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince , Young MC, MC Hammer and LL Cool J. Songs that raced up the charts included:

By the late 80s, some rappers rebelled against this commercialization of 80s Hip Hop. Groups like Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, and N.W.A. took rap in a different direction. They rapped about urban crime and the violent lifestyles they encountered growing up in the inner-city. While critics said this new direction glorified violence and indiscriminate sex, Gangsta Rappers responded that they were just representing real life in the inner-city. This new style of Hip Hop set the tone for the direction rap would take as it moved on into the 90s. Some of the top Gangsta Rap songs from the 80s were: