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Hardcore hip hop

Stylistic origins

Hip hop

Cultural origins

Mid-1980s

Hardcore hip hop is a subgenre of hip hop music that developed through the East Coast hip hop scene in the mid-1980s. Pioneered by artists such as Classical Two, Just-Ice, Run-D.M.C., Schoolly D, Spoonie Gee, Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy, it is generally characterised by anger, aggression and confrontation.
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