Cool as the ocean, Fab 5 Freddy drifts on the crisp blue sea with Run and 3rd Bass.
Where Brooklyn at? Mike Tyson packed all the hurt and might of his native Brownsville in one punch.
Hard as hell: LL Cool J styling and profiling with his Troop-clad crew.
With his flashy gold, goofy smile and Brit accent, Slick Rick ruled the streets and the charts.
Queens from Queens: Salt-n-Pepa kept hip-hop spicy while throwin’ down on the mics.
Run, Flo Jo, run: the late Florence Griffith Joyner going for the gold in Seoul.
Barefoot Basquiat in a designer suit on the cover of The New York Times Magazine
a few years before his last gasp in ’88.
A year before MC Hammer became the biggest star on the planet, he was just getting started with his first major label release on Capitol Records.
The boho chic of Living Colour inspired a generation to reclaim the soulful heart of rock.
Dope duo Eric B. and Rakim helped put Dapper Dan gear on the hip-hop designer map.
Public Enemy was the kings of political hip-hop and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
was the Long Island sound at its finest.
With ’88 as his last year in presidential office, Ronnie Raygun (as Gil Scott-Heron dubbed Reagan) ruled the decade with an iron fist and a cold heart.
Though there were gangsta rappers before N.W.A crept up on America, these brothers were determined to give listeners more bang.
Tracy Chapman surprised the world with folksy songs that warmed the hearts of millions.
With a persona and album cover modeled after Malcolm X, a former homeless kid named Kenny Parker transformed into king of the Boogie Down Bronx.
Filming in 1988, Spike Lee as Mookie was always doin’ the right thing as he delivered pizza pies in Bed-Stuy.
Paris was burning in 1988 when Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly became a star in the city of lights.
Detroit songstress Anita Baker still had the ears of Chocolate City caught up in her rapture.
Jesse Jackson never gave up hope.
was Prince at his most pop life successful, but that brother had more ambition in his little finger…