Hip hop has reached the grand old age of 44, having begun with a birthday party on 11 August 1973, in the recreation room of an apartment building, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, in the west Bronx, New York City, hosted by Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc.
Happy birthday, hip hop!
And what better way to celebrate this most colourful, confrontational and controversial of musical artforms than by rounding up the definitive 30 greatest hip hop albums of all time.
You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge…
You can listen to a Spotify playlist of the key tracks here.