In 1986, Run DMC released the hip hop song "My Adidas", leading to the first endorsement deal between a musical act and an athletic company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
A lawsuit between Gilbert O'Sullivan and Biz Markie over a sampling of "Alone Again" led to the requirement of licensing and fees to sample parts of song, which in turn made it prohibitively expensive to sample multiple songs into a new piece, which had been a common practice in hip hop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Most musicians of the eastern European dance/hip-hop/rock/pop band "Carla's Dreams," even while getting songs onto (Euro-) top airplay charts, have managed to keep their identities secret for almost a decade. They perform while wearing masks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 2003, famous skateboarder Rodney Mullen's right femur and hip began to fuse together. Doctors were wary of treatment, so Mullen used homemade instruments to attack the scar tissue and eventually one night, while twisting himself within the wheelwell of his truck, broke free. vogue.com/projects/134562…
"Baby Huey" was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died in 1970 at age 26 after releasing a single album. The album later became hugely influential on early hip-hop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of tracks over the past ~40 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Hip hop trio House Of Pain's (famous for "Jump Around") name is a reference to H.G. Wells' "The Island of Dr Moreau" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Douglas Glenn Colvin, also known as Dee Dee Ramone, had a short lived hip hop career as Dee Dee King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
The Tragically Hip song, "Fifty Mission Cap" is credited with single handedly reviving the memory of Toronto Maple Leaf's Defenceman Bill Barilko and is so important to the team that they have a copy of hand written lyrics in the player's lounge and use the song at nearly every home game. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
"Ice Ice Baby" was actually the B-side of a single version of a cover of "Play That Funky Music", but rose to popularity after a DJ played it instead of the A-side, ultimately becoming the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Nostradamus was a noted Plague Doctor. His advice was the removal of infected corpses, getting fresh air, drinking clean water, and drinking a juice preparation of rose hips. biography.com/.amp/schola…
The chorus in Asereje by Las Ketchup isn't *complete* nonsense, just a Spanish take on the lyrics of Rappers Delight (I said a hip-hop, the hippy, etc) youtu.be/HCCoZb4m2E0
In 2014, scientists trying to understand dinosaur movement decided to strap artificial dinosaur tails to chickens to change their center of mass. Chickens raised with these tails demonstrated a more hip-driven movement associated with dinosaurs than the knee-driven movement of chickens. journals.plos.org/plosone…
In 1801, Philip Hamilton, the son of Alexander Hamilton, was killed in a duel just 3 years before his father would be killed on the same dueling ground in Weehawken, NJ. Both were shot above the right hip. Both were attended to by the same doctor. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
A hip fracture (meaning broken hip) isn't actually a fracture of your hip. That's a pelvic fracture. A hip fracture is actually a fracture of your thigh bone, the femur. nhs.uk/conditions/hip-fra…
It took over 15 years for hip hop aficionados to determine who Mobb Deep sampled on their breakout hit "Shook Ones Part II." latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
In 1990 when the Chicago White Sox changed their Logo and Hip Hop artists started wearing it, New Era cap company had to stop production of all other team caps and just make White Sox caps to meet the demand. wbez.org/shows/curious-ci…
It is widely disputed that DJ Kool herc was the sole founding father of hip hop, many people attribute it's foundation to a DJ known as Mario the disco king who predated Kool herc's block parties with his own by three years hiphopgoldenage.com/forgo…
The hip hop music video style of the mid nineties to mid naughties was all heavily inspired by one guy, Hype Williams youtube.com/watch?v=hHcyJ…
In 1999, the stock of Computer Literacy Inc. shot up 36% in one day, purely because the company changed its name to the more hip-sounding Fatbrain.com. sddt.com/News/article.cfm…
Today I learned about a hip hop duo called Milli Vanilli, whose vocals were entirely recorded by other people. In 1990, the group won a Grammy for Best New Artist but had it revoked after the truth was uncovered. The frontmen of the duo later said that they were duped into the hoax by their producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The Chorus (AserejΓ©, ja deje tejebe...) of The Ketchup Song (2002) is a spanish gibberish version of the Song "Rapper's Delight" (I said a hip hop, The hippie to the hippie...) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Princeton has a Professor of Hip Hop teaching special topics in hip hop dance with a focus on Breaking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan recieve 100% of royalties and retain sole writing credit on the hip-hop single "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dej…
Today I Learned about Wilson β€œOne-Man Regiment” Watson, a Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. He is credited for being the inspiration of John Wayne’s β€œShooting from the hip” style, along with single-handedly killing 90 Japanese Soldiers during the battle. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson…
Nerdcore is a genre of music characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds with the earliest known recorded use of the term "nerdcore hip hop" being in 2000 by MC Frontalot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
Our ancestors standing up and walking on two feet turned social links into a necessary aspect for Survival (and leading to our current society) due to how this position changed some of women's caracteristics (narrower hips). ynharari.com/book/sapiens…
Researchers played nonstop loops of Led Zeppelin, A Tribe Called Quest and Mozart to cheese wheels to find out how sound waves impacted flavor. Cheese wheels that were exposed to hip hop music had the strongest flavor. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In order 'to satisfy every European's musical taste', Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the EU anthem, has been officially adapted into other genres such as jazz, hip-hop, trance, techno, and Romani folk. All of those versions are free to listen to on the Council of Europe's page. coe.int/en/web/about-us/t…
Today I learned of the golden-era, Long Island hip-hop crew, Young Black Teenagers. They had a single named 'Proud to Be Black' and were endorsed by Public Enemy. None of the group's members were black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Beach Boys lead songwriter and musical icon Brian Wilson made a hip-hop song youtu.be/id4a_eswyvk
A 1950s and 60s Greenwich Village street poet named Big Brown had an enormous influence on Kerouac and the Beats, Bob Dylan, and proto-Hip Hop with Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite) and The Last Poets. Dylan referred to his poems as "the best poetry I ever heard". youtube.com/playlist?list…
Washington DC police ran a fake hip-hop studio to attract criminals and record proof of their illicit deals. "Manic Enterprises" made 70 arrests, snagged $7.2 million in cocaine, and confiscated 161 illegal weapons. Cops shut it down after they heard a gang planned on robbing the studio. nbcwashington.com/news/lo…
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee had a shortlived Hip-Hop solo project featuring Lil Kim and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. youtube.com/watch?v=hqgVY…
The Beastie Boys were originally a four piece hardcore punk band called Young Aborigines. Mike D played drums and later took over lead vocals, MCA joined the band as a bass player, and Ad-Rock was a replacement for the lead guitar player until they made the transition to hip hop in 1983 beastiemania.com/whois/th…
Jo Cameron (71) went her entire life without realizing she didn’t feel pain or anxiety until she got hip replacement surgery. nytimes.com/2019/03/30/he…
The 90’s hip hop group Arrested Development sued the producers of the Arrested Development Fox television series in 2003 over the alleged use of their name. The lawsuit was quietly settled for an undisclosed sum. wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest…
Lucy's Law bans pet shops and dealers in England from selling puppies and kittens. It was named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who developed fused hips, a curved spine, bald patches and epilepsy after years of mistreatment in the puppy farming system. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-452…
Scientists were able to judge whether or not a woman recently experienced a vaginal orgasm simply by observing the movement of their hips as they walked with astounding 81.25% accuracy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
LL Cool J became the Kennedy Center's First Hip-Hop Honoree npr.org/sections/therecor…
The hip hip group The Coup's album Party Music, released November 6, 2001, originally had the destruction of the twin towers as the album cover before promptly being changed after the 9/11 attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Little Richard denied near-death rumors in 2017 and asserted β€˜I’m Still Singing’. He has kept largely away from the spotlight, reportedly living in a penthouse suite at the Hilton in downtown Nashville after hip surgery rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In the late 90’s Eminem played his then unreleased song Just The Two Of Us for Will Smith who said β€œYou’re either gonna be the biggest flop in Hip Hop, or you’re gonna be the biggest thing that we’ve ever seen in Hip Hop.” hiphopdx.com/news/id.2404…
The hip hop term M.C. means Master of Ceremonies and originated from the Catholic Church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
After years of inbreeding by kennel clubs, modern bulldogs' noses are so squashed they can barely breathe, their heads are so big they almost always have to be born via C-section. Their tails can become ingrown, they all have hip dysplasia, and their average life expectancy is 6 years. nytimes.com/2011/11/27/ma…
Today I learned about a man with bones so hard he had several failed hip replacements because they couldn't screw the prosthesis into his bone the-scientist.com/noteboo…
A broken hip has an estimated 30% mortality rate among seniors. aarp.org/health/condition…
The phrase the β€œBees Knees” likely evolved around the 1920s along with the β€œcats pajamas,” the snake's hips", "the kipper's knickers" and "the sardine's whiskers" unlike the others though Bees actually do have Knees (go sciencefocus.com/nature/d…
Hip-hop duo New Boyz were sued by Christian rock group Newsboys because fans would often mix up their names hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
90’s hip hop group Young Black Teenagers had five members, none of them black. wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_…
Sting was originally chosen to sing the opening song to The Emperor's New Groove. He refused stating he was too old, and they should get someone younger and more hip. They went on to choose Tom Jones, 11 years his senior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There was a tie for Miss Universe 1954 crown, the 3rd edition of the pageant. The tie-breaking judgement was decided by Catalina Swimwear, the major sponsor of the pageant. Miriam Stevenson of USA won over Martha Rocha of Brazil as the former has a better physical figure and "fitter hips". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Looting of DJ equipment during a 1977 power outage in New York played a large role in the success of Hip Hop nytimes.com/2006/02/12/ar…
Hamsters temporarily store food in their roomy cheek pouches, which extend to their hips! They can store up to 20% of their body weight and do not produce saliva to keep the food dry. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
China Has Banned Hip-Hop Culture and Tattoos From TV Shows to curb "immoral behaviour" and "foreign influences" following the upshot of Hip Hop culture in 2017 after "The Rap of China" time.com/5112061/china-hi…
Recreational runners had less chance of developing knee and hip arthritis compared to nonrunners, sedentary individuals and competitive runners. cozadpt.com/Portals/0/Run…
Many French Bulldogs require artificial insemination to breed because their hips are too slim to allow the male to mount the female. In addition, 80% of their litters are delivered through C-section. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Scientists say caesarian births are "affecting human evolution" because women with narrow hips are spreading this genetic predisposition to their daughters bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Today I learned of ablaut reduplication, an old grammatical rule which governs the order of terms like 'tick tock', 'flip flop' and 'hip hop'. scienceabc.com/social-sci…
Swedish peace group erected a sign to keep the Russian submarines out of their border - it displays an animated sailor in underwear thrusting his hips with a morse code that broadcasts: "This way if you are gay." edition.cnn.com/2015/05/1…
"Hips Don't Lie" was originally a remix of Wyclef Jean's "Dance Like This", which was recorded for Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Randall Park from 'Always Be My Maybe' and 'Fresh Off the Boat' was In A 90s Hip-Hop Group Called 'ILL Again' huffpost.com/entry/randal…
King Tut had a club foot, feminine hips, an overbite. He had Kohler’s disease. DNA determine that Pharaoh's parents were undoubtedly brother and sister. medicaldaily.com/king-tut…
Phil Collins is an honorary member of the Hip-Hop group, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony due to the international success of their single, β€œHome”, on which Collins is featured. Collin’s moniker for the group is β€œChrome Bone”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Hundreds of hip-hop songs can be traced back to Slick Rick's and Doug E. Fresh's La Di Da Di (1985) genius.com/videos/The-lyr…
Cory from Trailer Park Boys was a 90's Canadian hip hop artist. youtu.be/bdd5EG1RClA
Today I learned of Adrian Carton de Wiart, a vetern of four wars. He survived seperate instances of being shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. bbc.com/news/magazine-306…
Cristal became associated with hip-hop music. Asked if he thought this would harm the brand, Frederic Rouzaud replied, "that's a good question, but what can we do? We can't forbid people from buying it." This resulted in Cristal going from being the rappers' default to being discarded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Today I learned of the John Thomas sign. Used in radiology, it describes when the shadow of the penis points towards a sign of pathology on a pelvic X-ray. For example, if the penis points towards a broken hip, that's a positive John Thomas sign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The 1977 New York City blackout resulted in numerous looters stealing DJ equipment from electronics stores, resulting in the hip hop genre, barely known outside the Bronx at the time, which grew at an astounding rate from 1977 onward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of Adrian Carton de Wiart a British Officer who served in 3 wars; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear; survived 2 plane crashes; tunneled out of a POW camp; tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. He wrote in WW1 "Frankly I had enjoyed the war." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adr…
In 1979, Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in an attempted suicide, only to be blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind. Her only injury was a broken hip. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
While exploring the newly discovered Yellowstone, Truman Everts got separated from the group. His horse then ran away with supplies, he fell on his campfire, fell hip deep into a geyser, and was finally found crawling months later with frostbite weighing a mere 55 lbs. yellowstonepark.com/2007/…
Today I learned about Chap-Hop. A music genre originating from England that mixes the hip hop genre with elements from the Chappist or steampunk subcultures and stereotypical English obsessions such as cricket, tea and the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chap_h…
The early hip hop and punk scenes were heavily intertwined as hip hop was a counterculture based in rejecting disco and punk was a scene about rejecting conventional rock at the time. lemonwire.com/2017/04/24/…
The album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" (2015) by hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan was only limited to one copy upon release. It was sold for $2 million and it's therefore the most expensive album ever en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onc…
Today I learned about 'Splendor & Misery', a Hugo-nominated hip-hop space opera featuring Daveed Diggs rapping about interstellar slavery and human/A.I. love en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
Today I learned about The Edge by experimental jazz musician David Axelrod, which came out in 1968. The whole album sold poorly due to being too far ahead of its time, but became sought out by hip hop artists in the 80s and 90s. It became the sample you hear in The Next Episode by Dr. Dre. youtu.be/6SJe8kbrTiY
Today I learned about "Meow the Jewels" a crowdfunded remix album by the hip hop duo Run the Jewels. The album, a remix of the duo's original album Run the Jewels 2, has all instrumentals replaced with sounds of cats. The campaign raised over $60,000 which were donated to charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
During the 1977 New York blackout, a number of looters stole DJ equipment from electronics stores and as a result, the hip hop genre, barely known outside of the Bronx at the time, grew at an astounding rate from 1977 onward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The popularity of Hennessy cognac in hip hop and African American culture dates back to both world wars where African American troops were introduced to it in France, which celebrated their culture much earlier than the US slate.com/human-interest/…
Psy’s β€œGangnam Style” is a colloquial term refers to the hip, trendy and classy lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea. However, according to Psy, the song pokes fun at (or satirizes) people who are trying very hard to be something that they're not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gan…
Researchers found that the higher rating of voice attractiveness for women correlates with having a smaller waist-to-hip ratio, a body type that is commonly found to be more attractive in women. edition.cnn.com/2017/05/1…
King Tut suffered from a myriad of health conditions bc his parents were brother and sister. He had a club foot, feminine hips, an overbite, pronounced breasts, and a rare genetic condition called Kohler’s disease. He was significantly deformed and led a life of intense physical suffering. medicaldaily.com/king-tut…
Game considers Eminem to be "the most lyrically insane" hip-hop artist alive and when asked what he would do if Eminem started an industry beef with him he simply said, "run." youtu.be/KbHPpdPhlic
This year China banned actors with tattoos and hip-hop culture from television. time.com/5112061/china-hi…
The real "Harlem Shake" is a hip hop dance that originated in 1980's Harlem. However, participants in the 2013 meme of the same name do not perform that dance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of a genre of music called "chap hop" which advocates the wearing of tweed, growing a mustache, drinking gin or sherry, smoking a pipe and generally just living a dandy lifestyle, in a gangster hip hop style en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Hip-Hop Legend and Zulu Nation member Afrika Bambaataa has allegedly been having sex with underage boys for over 30 years noisey.vice.com/en_us/art…
In 1957 Elvis asked his audience at a Seattle concert to please rise for the national anthem. He picked up his guitar, leaned in, shook his hips and began his biggest hit "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog." The crowd went wild. A 15-year old Jimmy Hendrix was there. elvispresleymusic.com.au/…
Hip-hop duo M.O.P's album First Family For Life was the most stolen album from New York City's HMV stores in 1998 redbull.com/sg-en/10-thin…
JDilla and Nujabes, two deceased legends of hip hop, were born on the exact same day 2/7/1974 thewordisbond.com/food-4-…
Today I learned that in 2015, American hip hop duo 'Run The Jewels' released 'Meow The Jewels': a crowdfunded version of their 2014 album, where they replaced all the instrumentals with samples of meowing cats - and donated the $60k+ funds to charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
A British soldier who fought in both World Wars was shot in the face, head, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunnelled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said "frankly I had enjoyed the war." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adr…
Kanye West liked the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind so much that he hired Jon Brion to produce and write Late Registration with him -- even though Brion had no hip-hop experience. m.mic.com/articles/93634/…
80% of French bulldog litters require artificial insemination and caesarean section to give birth. This is because many males are incapable of breeding due to slim hips that make them unable to mount the female. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The phrase β€œno homo” first originated in late 1990’s hip hop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
There was a second "Marlboro Man" cigarette advertising character. To go along with the famous cowboy, there was also a hip, urban, black Marlboro man created to appeal to African-Americans. npr.org/2015/06/15/414561…
Brian Austin Green (90210 TV fame) released a hip hop album in 1996 produced by The Pharcyde. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
A six-second-long drum break from the late sixties has become the most used sample of music to date, as it helped form the basis for both hip hop and drum and bass music. bbc.com/news/magazine-320…

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