Jun 10, 2017

T-Hanes Hip Hop Trivia: Vol. 1


Edited: Jun 10, 2017



OK Hip Hop Heads, this is Vol. 1 of my new Hip Hop Trivia (Quiz) for fun! Don't try to google & cheat either! This will only take a few minutes and should be fun! Below are 20 questions. Each Trivia will have 20 questions. We will start off kind of easy this time but Vol. 2 and future Trivia's will be much harder. List your answers and chime in with some thoughts. Lets Go!


Hip Hop Trivia Vol. 1


1. What year did Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five release the legendary song THE MESSAGE?


A. 1985

B. 1982

C. 1987

D. 1980

E. 1988


2. What famous rapper started out as a member of a group called The Treacherous Three?


A. Big Daddy Kane

B. Kool Moe Dee

C. Ice T

D. Kwame

E. Rakim


3. Who was the Executive Producer for NAS debut LP Illmatic?


A. Q-Tip

B. Large Professor

C. MC Serch

D. DJ Premier

E. Pete Rock


4. What Rapper is currently on Death Row for a Bank Robbery that ended with the murder of a Police Officer?


A. K-Solo

B. Cool C

C. Steady B

D. Chi-Ali

E. C-Murder


5. "Stapped like bamboo but I don't sling guns, I got bags of funk and it's sellin' by the tons/Ni$$as wanna know how I live the mack life, making money, smokin' mics like crack pipes" The lyrics above are performed by which MC?



B. Snoop Dogg

C. Biggie Smalls

D. Tupac

E. Rick Ross


6. What Rap Group has a song called "Passin' Me By"?


A. Souls Of Mischief


C. The Pharcyde

D. De La Soul

E. The Jungle Brothers


7. What Underground Rap Group did Jay-Z use to tour with before his record deal?


A. Camp Lo

B. The Boogie Monsters

C. Original Flavor


E. Fu Schnickens


8. What Rapper has a debut album called The Sun Rises In The East?


A. Buckshot

B. Special ED

C. Jeru Da Damaja

D. J. Cole

E. Chubb Rock


9. What Rapper started out in the Atlanta Area as a Radio Personality?


A. Young Jeezy

B. T.I.

C. Andre 3000

D. Ludacris

E. Future


10. Which Hip Hop Artist created the song "Nightmares"?


A. Slick Rick

B. Doug E. Fresh

C. D-Nice

D. Dana Dane

E. Will Smith


11. Who had an album called Ill Na Na?


A. Lil Kim

B. MC Lyte

C. Foxy Brown

D. Jean Grae

E. Eve


12. Who was MC Shan in a Rap Battle with in the late 80's?


A. Masta Ace


C. Kool G. Rap

D. Craig G

E. Run


13. Which Rap Group had a debut LP called Juvenile Hell?


A. Capone-N-Noreaga


C. Mobb Deep

D. Gangstarr

E. A Tribe Called Quest


14. Who was the ONLY guest rapper on Biggies's Ready to Die album?


15. Who was the ONLY guest on NAS Illmatic album?


16. Who was the ONLY guest on Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders album?


17. Who did Busy Bee battle in 1981 at the popular hip hop venue Harlem World?


18. What rapper said " I never sleep 'cause sleep is the cousin of death, beyond the walls of intelligence life is defined" ?


19. What North Carolina Rapper went to St. John's University?


20. Which movie is considered Hip Hop's first Film?


A. Beat Street

B. Breakin'

C. Wild Style

D. Krush Groove









1. B, 2. B, 3. C, 4. B, 5. C, 6. C, 7. C, 8. C, 9. D, 10. D, 11. C, 12. B, 13. C, 14. Method Man, 15. AZ, 16. Large Professor, 17. Kool Moe Dee, 18. NAS, 19. J. Cole and 20. Wild Style

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