Every superstar started somewhere, no one becomes successful overnight, even in the fly-by-night world of mainstream hip hop. The MCs that dominate the conversations of today were newjacks at some point, raw and hungry.
This Friday playlist is dedicated to the dawn of artists who are now staples in the genre. Some have come a very long way since, a few have changed their sound drastically, and others are no longer with us.
Take a trip down memory lane with these five selections.