The Most Important Moments in The Tanning of America

  • Blondie Raps on “Rapture”

  • Run—D.M.C. and Aerosmith Collaborate on “Walk This Way”

  • Yo! MTV Raps Goes On-Air

  • Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg Cover Rolling Stone

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. Wins an Oscar

  • Tyra Banks Covers Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

  • LL Cool J Wears FUBU in a Gap Ad

  • TIME Reports on Hip-Hop

  • Jay Z Moves to Nets to Brooklyn

  • Barack Obama Is Elected President

Our week of The Tanning of America content concludes tonight with the fourth and final episode of the VH1 Rock Docs special at 11 PM ET. We’ve already taken a look at The Most Colorful People in The Tanning of America, but it’s also essential to look past individual personalities and consider the wide and far-reaching implications of several very specific events. Whether it was gangster rap making it to the cover of Rolling Stone or one entrepreneur from Brooklyn moving more like a mogul than a rapper, there are a handful of movements since the advent of hip-hop that have completely shifted the landscape of mainstream culture. Let’s explore those groundbreaking instances now with The Most Important Moments in The Tanning of America. Who would’ve thought that hip-hop could take it this far?