Since its emergence in the 1980s, rap and hip-hop music has grown from an underground form of expression into a mainstream genre where artists of all backgrounds shed light on their lives through rhythm and poetry. The musical innovations of pioneering rappers, such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Queen Latifah, helped spark the fire for rap to grow into the hot genre that it is today. Browse through a collection of famous rappers who have influenced the hip-hop scene.