Eight Years: A History of Hip Hop During The War In Iraq

What was once slated as a simple seek-and-destroy mission, and even touted to be “complete” within just a few months, has now turned into one of the most drawn-out, tumultuous and deadly military operations in U.S. history.

The men and women of the U.S. armed forces have been engaged in the War in Iraq for eight full years, as of March 20, 2011. In that time, we’ve lost nearly 5,000 U.S. soldiers and thousands more have been injured, forced into multiple tours and redeployed after promises of troop withdrawal.

As we, as civilians, go about our daily lives, dealing with the struggles of a faltering economy, poor housing market and shuttered financial sector, it becomes all too easy to forget that the war has raged on in Iraq 24-hours-a-day for the last 96 consecutive months. It becomes all too easy to lose track of the time that our troops have selflessly abandoned for the sake of serving our country.

For our part, we hope to add some perspective to the time that’s been dedicated to the war to this point with the construction of this timeline, drawing from what we know best: Hip hop. From the release of the first Little Brother record, all the way up until Pharoahe Monch’s W.A.R., many classic and iconic records have come to fruition since the start of the war, and it seems likely that many more will continue to be released before the war’s end.

Check out the timeline below by scrolling left-to-right, click to “+” signs to view additional events and album releases.

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