Share Your Favorite Hip-Hop Lyrics

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact birth date of a musical revolution. But if you ask most experts when hip-hop burst onto the scene, they’ll tell you it all started with a block party in the Bronx on Aug. 11, 1973.

Since that auspicious day, hip-hop has spread from Sedgwick Avenue to every corner of the globe, becoming a multibillion-dollar industry and a cultural touchstone for generations of music lovers.

As The New York Times prepares to commemorate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, we want to hear from you. Please share with us:

  • Lyrics that are at least a couple of lines long

  • Less popular lyrics that mean something to you

  • The artist’s name for each lyric