3. Schooly D Invents Gangsta Rap
Before Boogie Down Productions dropped 1987’s classic Criminal Minded, Ice T exposed Los Angeles gang life to the rest of the country or N.W.A. broke the whole damn thing open in the late 80’s, there was Schooly D. The groundbreaking MC and producer has been called the first gangsta rapper, a title largely attributed to his game-changing single “P.S.K. What Does It Mean??” It was cool, subversive, dangerous and prophetic. Park Side Killers told the tale. Hip-Hop would never be the same.