'80s & '90s Hip-Hop Party Themes

by Donni Jones
Play DJ for the night at your '80s or '90s hip-hop party.

Play DJ for the night at your '80s or '90s hip-hop party.

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One enjoyable party idea is an '80s or '90s hip-hop theme. Not only will these themes provide a welcome change from the typical and expected get-together, but everyone will enjoy rapping along with and getting nostalgic about their favorite hip-hop songs from yesteryear.


Decorate by hanging streamers, balloons and big musical notes cut from construction paper. Look online for covers from chart-topping hip-hop albums from the decade you're showcasing and have them blown up to poster size to hang around the party location. Hang a banner stating, '80s Hip-Hop Bash or '90s Hip-Hop Party. At an '80s party, turn guests into part of the décor by inviting them to come dressed in '80s fashions.


Play first notes of a song or notes from the chorus and see who recognizes the song first. Jumble up the names of hip-hop bands and give everyone five minutes to see who can unscramble the most. Read a line or two from a hit song and see who can say the lyric that comes next. Play musical chairs to '80s or '90s songs or have a dance contest. As party favors, give out CDs you made that have all the hits played at the party on them.


Give everyone a turn at karaoke, rapping a favorite hip-hop song. For an '80s party, use such songs as "Freaks Come Out at Night," by Whodini; "Don't Believe the Hype," by Public Enemy; "Paid in Full," by Eric B. & Rakim; and "Straight Outta Compton," by NWA. For a '90s party, include "Gangsta's Paradise," by Coolio; "Hip Hop Hooray," by Naughty by Nature; "They Reminisce Over You," by Pete Rock & CL Smooth; and "Humpty Dance," by Digital Underground.

Food & Drink

For each dish and beverage, incorporate the name of a band. Place a little flag next to the dish bearing the musical name. At an '80s hip-hop party, options include Slick Rick sandwiches, Sugarhill Gang shrimp skewers, chips with De La Soul dip, Fat Boys fudge brownies and Run DMC rum and cokes. For a '90s hip-hop party, try Cypress Hill Sliders, Onyx egg rolls, Nas nachos, MC Lyte macaroni salad, Black Sheep brownies and Wu-Tang White Russians.

About the Author

Donni Jones has been an editor and writer since 1996. She has edited articles for and contributed content to numerous publications, magazines and online businesses such as FootSmart.com and KateAspen.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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