Experimentation has always been a key element in hip-hop. From newer artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Trippie Redd, and XXXtentacion who continue to push new and groundbreaking elements into the genre, they’ve shown that hip-hop is an ever-changing style of music that is constantly developing a new sound. However, this isn’t a new trend. Older artists have been doing this since the 80s. While some consider the Beastie Boys to be one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time, many forget their first project. In 1982 the band released their EP titled Polly Wog Stew. This eight-track release was a punk album that is a stark contrast to their later work and subsequent success. 35 years later we are still seeing the dynamic of experimentation of different genres becoming very prominent in today’s rap music. Continue reading