The golden age of hip hop The golden age of hip hop, derivative of old school hip hop, began with the popularity of Run-DMC's album Raising Hell in 1986 and ended with the popularity of G-Funk around 1993.
Another Gangsta Warfare: 50 Cent and Ja Rule The hip-hop world is at war. Vicious rhymes are flying between 50 Cent and Ja Rule, both products of the mean streets of southeast Queens. Bullets are flying, too-50 was famously shot nine times-though no one can prove who's shooting. All this violence has helped to sell records. But when is the price too high?