Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

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1. Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound
It only takes one listen of "Murder Was the Case" to realize that Snoop Dogg has seen some serious shit, but it wasn't those types of songs that brought Snoop Dogg to the mainstream. Everybody wants to have that tough as nails friend that gives them a little bit of an edge by association, and Snoop Dogg was that for millions of people. With lighthearted joints like "Gin and Juice" and "Drop it Like it's Hot," which transcended multiple generations, Snoop was relatable to anybody looking to have a good, if slightly irresponsible time.






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Joe Tarantino
Joe Tarantino

Kanye's production brought me to hip-hop. Yes, I know he's an asshole.

Derek McElhinney
Derek McElhinney

They influenced me to quit listening to music on the radio (except in my car when commuting to and from work).

Mike Long
Mike Long

No Run-DMC???? They only influenced EVERY act on this list. Without Run-DMC's "King of Rock" crossover success in 1985, not only would there have been no "Yo, MTV Raps" (pretty much every non-coastal, suburban kids gateway to Hip-Hop), but, arguably, no Aerosmith comeback in the Run-DMC/Aerosmith "Walk This Way" video. (I didn't say it was ALL good). Not a bad list, other than it ALSO omits Tupac, The Beastie Boys, The Fat Boys ...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'd give ear to 'christian country gospel' before I EVER listened to ANY rap aside from Aerosmith . 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Mike Long    

You are %100 correct w/ your Aerosmith take . 

As much as I hate to admit it ....

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