The Hood Internet’s YouTube channel put together a video that condenses 40 years of hip-hop in just four minutes, and it’s the best thing you’ll see all day. With more than 150 tracks and over 100 artists, the video stretches back into the past during the very early days of the genre and moves forward into the current day. The stunning video does not give a chronological assessment of hip-hop. Instead, The Hood Internet chose to include some of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time. From Snoop Dogg to Jay Z, nearly everyone who has contributed to the industry in a major way is represented.
The producers of the video explain that they chose to take artists “from different eras finishing each other’s rhymes over intersecting beats, all woven together to make one song.” If you’re a hip-hop head or you simply enjoy the genre, then you’ll definitely have a blast trying to identify each artist and individual track in the video. Trust us, it’s no easy feat. Watch the sensational video for yourself below.
Don’t expect all of your favs to make an appearance in the mashup. With so many important figures in the hip-hop industry to cover, some pivotal artists, including Public Enemy, are nowhere to be found.
The Hood Internet is a Chicago-based duo that includes Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell. They specialize in making these types of mashups; typically they blend hip-hop and rap with indie music. In addition to their YouTube page, they also run a blog and are DJs on the side.