You cannot exclude 1983 with Michael Jackson and his record breaking album of Thriller and the popularity of MTV. It was a breakthrough year for hip hop. Rap was just coming to life (becoming popular). The Jacksons began somewhere in the late 60's as the Jackson 5. But yes 88 was a great year, no doubt.
Oops, not sure why I put "Rock The Bells" on here. That was '85...
@B_T_O Your playlist inspired me to come up w/ my own playlist: Hip-Hop Classics for '87. 8️⃣7️⃣
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