Hip hop, it was '88

from Cannibal Ox – A B-Boy's Alpha Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

1988 is know as the year when rap music really came into it’s own and is perhaps the peak of the “Golden Age” of hip-hop

Albums released in 1988 include Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, BDP’s By Any Means Necessary, EPMD’s Strictly Business, Slick Rick’s Great Adventures of Slick Rick, and many many other classics (too many to list here)

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