90’s Hip-Hop is Officially Dad-Rock.

It’s official, if you were born before 1990 and cherish the sounds of 2Pac, Dre, Snoop Dogg, Biggie, or NWA, you’re either a dad, or all your friends are.

Dad-rock is a genre of music typically enjoyed by dads while consuming beers in a comfortable chair, mowing the lawn, working on a car, building a random object with wood, or general activities that require an outfit you’re not afraid of ruining.

I know what you’re thinking, it’s rap. Read on.

Music by The Rolling Stones, Led Zepellin, Tom Petty, The Bee Gees, or The Beatles has been relegated to Grandpa-rock. If you’re looking for a way to define it, research when the last time a single was released by a classic rock band. The Beatles, for example, haven’t released a new record in 50 years.

Case in point; The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

• Jay-Z; Inducted in 2020

• Beastie Boys; Inducted in 2012

• Public Enemy; Inducted in 2013

• NWA; Inducted in 2016

• 2Pac; Inducted in 2017

• LL Cool J; Inducted in 2020

Classics Officially in the Dad-Rock category:

2pac; California Love ft Dr. Dre (1995) (Released 26 Years ago)

Eminem: My Name Is (1999) (Released 23 Years ago)

Dr Dre : Still D.R.E (1999) (Released 23 Years ago)

JayZ: Hard Knock Life (1998) (Released 24 Years ago)

NWA: Straight Outta Compton (1988) (34 years ago)

Beastie Boys; Intergalactic 1998 (Released 24 Years Ago)

Notorious B.I.G: Juicy (1994) Released 27 Years Ago

Biz Markie; Just A Friend (1989) (31 Years ago)

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Written by Dan

Dan is a long-time audio reviewer and audiophile. He also maintains the role of Deputy Editor at and oversees operations and editorial initiatives. Dan has worked in digital media for the past decade and specializes in creating supportive content for consumers.

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