50 Years of Hip-Hop

August 2023 marks a half-century since the genesis of hip-hop in 1973 at an end-of-summer party in the Bronx. Today, hip-hop isn’t just a music genre but a culture. It has impacted the way we talk and the trends we follow. All year long, the Cut will be celebrating the artists — especially the female artists — who have changed the game.

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The Cool Tang of Ice Spice

Visiting with New York’s Grammy-nominated princess of rap.

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