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Women who shook up rap music, past and present.
Mary J. Blige,
This mix of infectious hip hop and R&B classics from the late-'80s, '90s and '00s will turn any dinner party into an impromptu dance-off, especially when you're surrounded by your best friends and a plenty of wine.
Timbaland has an unmistakable sound -- you know it's him even before he drops his vocal riffs over those syncopated rhythms and alien synths. Get a sense of his skills with this playlist of his best productions.
Early rap hits from the days when all a rapper needed was two turntables and a microphone.
From crunk classics to modern baller anthems, this is the boisterous sound of Southern rap songs that are guaranteed to tear the club up. Get low!
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz,
Turn after-work drinks into an all-night thing with this mix of seductive and fun pop rap and R&B.
From Dr. Dre and Timbaland to Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, these are the greatest modern hip-hop super-producers who create rap superstars and pump out hip-hop anthems.
All right B-boys and B-girls, time to windmill over to the Planet Rock where these essential '80s electro hop breakdance jams can help keep your "airswipes" and "l-kicks" looking fresh.
From '73 to '81, the Wigan Casino in Lancashire, England helped to define the northern soul sound. DJs, armed with ultra-rare soul singles that featured stomping, mid-'60s-style beats, would spin from 2 a.m. to the "three before 8" that ended the night.
The Five Stairsteps,
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons,