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Hip Hop Classics

written by: Gilligan
Are you familiar with De La Soul? How about Big Daddy Kane or Cypress Hill? If you are, maybe it's time to take an audio quiz on rap artists from the late 80's till the early 90's. Oh, and don't worry: I promise this quiz contains no harsh language or Vanilla Ice!

Question 1:

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This hip-hop artist has been an Army soldier, thief, pimp, and successful actor. One of his biggest hits was for the 1988 film, Colors.
Biz Markie
Kool Moe Dee
Warren G

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Question 2:

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This rap group was lead by the smooth Shock G and his clownish alter ego, Humpty Hump. Their most successful album was their 1990 album, Sex Packets.
Naughty by Nature
Soul II Soul
Black Sheep
Digital Underground

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Question 3:

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This rap group out of Hollis, NYC released several successful albums including Raising Hell (1986) and Tougher than Leather(1988).
J. J. Fad
2 Live Crew
Run D.M.C.

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Question 4:

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This rap trio labeled themselves as Plug One, Plug Two and Plug Three. Their album "3 Feet High and Rising" was a breakthrough hit in 1989.
A Tribe Called Quest
Jungle Brothers
De La Soul
Digable Planets

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Question 5:

Written by Young MC (famous for his single "Bust a Move") and performed by Tone Loc (famous for his song "Wild Thing") the song "Funky ________ Medina" was a top ten hit in 1989.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 6:

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"You Gots to Chill" was a big hit in 1989 for this East Coast rap duo.
Eric B. and Rakim
Kid 'N-Play
Nice & Smooth

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Question 7:

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This hip-hop team is generally considered one of the most influential and groundbreaking groups in the history of rap. Their albums include Paid in Full and Don't Sweat The Technique.
Wu Tang Clan
Public Enemy
Eric B. & Rakim

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Question 8:

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This hip-hop group is unique in that they began as a punk band (called The Young Aborigines), and that they are Jewish. Their albums include Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head.
Boyz II Men
Bell Biv Devoe
House of Pain
Beastie Boys

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Question 9:

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This rapper was known for his British accent and eye patch. The song featured in the sound clip is his popular rap hit "Children's Story".
Heavy D
LL Cool J
Slick Rick
Big Daddy Kane

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Question 10:

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Which of the following rappers was NOT in the Compton, California-based gangsta rap group N.W.A.?
Snoop Dogg
Ice Cube
Dr. Dre

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Question 11:

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While the careers of most hip-hop artists seem to come and go quickly, often not lasting more than a year or two, this rapper has had a successful career spanning over two decades with over 12 albums to his credit. The song featured in the audio clip is titled "I'm Bad" from his Bigger and Deffer album (1987).
LL Cool J
Dr. Dre
Grandmaster Flash
Kurtis Blow

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Question 12:

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This Latin American hip-hop group is primarily known for their advocacy of cannabis usage and their single "Insane in the Brain".
Wu Tang Clan
Cypress Hill
The Geto Boys
Public Enemy

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These rowdy Irish-American hooligans released the immensely successful single "Jump Around" in 1992.
Gang Starr
Limp Bizkit
Cypress Hill
House of Pain

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Question 14:

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In 1992, Kris Kross said that the Mac Dad and the Daddy Mac will make you do this.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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Question 15:

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This politically oriented hip-hop group never shied from controversy, and their lyrics often reflected concerns of the African American community. Their albums include Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987), It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), and Fear of a Black Planet (1990).
Boogie Down Productions
Public Enemy
Jungle Brothers

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