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Over the past 50 years, hip hip has evolved from New York block parties and park jams to becoming the best-selling and most influential music genre in the world. Beats, Rhymes & Lists was created to document and celebrate our love for this rich, diverse culture.

This is for the hip-hop heads out there who love this culture. This website is here to celebrate everyone who have contributed to the culture: from rappers and producers to DJs and industry executives to promoters and journalists.

We’re not confined to any specific era or region, it’s about hip hop as a whole. Beats, Rhymes & Lists is about Melle Mel, Rakim, Kool G Rap and KRS-One as much as it is about Young Thug, Durk, Lil Baby and Pop Smoke. It’s about Chris Lighty, Faith Newman and Wendy Day. It’s Large Professor, Pete Rock, Metro Boomin and Dr. Dre.

Who is Beats, Rhymes & Lists’ audience?

Who this website isn’t for (this list will keep growing):

  • People who don’t think Naughty by Nature’s Treach is one of the greatest rappers of all time
  • People who can’t recite “La Di Da Di” off the top of their head
  • People who don’t think Puffy is one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time
  • People who can’t name the sample off Nas’ “The World is Yours”
  • People who don’t know how Pete Rock influenced Kanye
  • People who don’t know who Wendy Day is or why she’s so important to the culture