Co-founder of Stetsasonic, Glenn "Daddy-O" Bolton now lectures on the similarities between the rap game and the tech startup game.
2. Chuck D
Public Enemy dropped two albums in 2012, and have been touring with LL Cool J, De La Soul, and Ice Cube this year.
3. Too $hort
Short Dog had some troubles with the police earlier this year, but his feature on Kid Cudi's Indicud put the spotlight back on his talents.
4. Heavy D
The overweight lover passed away on Oct. 29, 2011 due to a pulmonary embolism. RIP.
5. Kool Moe Dee
The former member of the Treacherous Three hinted at a new album in 2009, but the largest project from the Harlem MC is slated to be a memoir.
6. Grandmaster Flash
Hip-hop's OG turntable technician continues to tour the world by virtue of his excellence on the ones and twos.
7. Large Professor
The Main Source rapper/producer released his fourth solo album, Professor @ Large last year, and produced "Built Pyramids" for N.O.R.E. this year.
8. Afrika Bambaataa
The Zulu Nation founder still rocks the party at venues worldwide. Last year, he was named a visiting scholar at Cornell University.
9. DJ Jazzy Joyce
A renowned Bronx DJ who first appeared on record with Sweet Tee in 1986, Joyce spins around New York on the regular.
10. Prince Po
Pharoahe Monch's former partner in rhyme now owns Nasty Habits Ent. and has reportedly finished his fourth solo album.
11. Mike D
This year, the New York Times told all of us exactly where Beastie Boy Michael Diamond is—in an impeccably decorated Brooklyn townhouse.
12. Mike G
Reunited with his Jungle Brothers groupmates, Mike G has been performing in smaller venues for nostalgic hip-hop heads this year.
13. Afrika Baby Bam
One of the three founding members of the Jungle Brothers, Baby Bam partnered with '80s act Neneh Cherry earlier this year for the one-off "Nina."
Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz is writing a memoir with his fellow Beastie Boy Mike D, with the help of ego trip founder and White Mandingos guitarist, Sacha Jenkins.
Beloved Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch succumbed to cancer on May 12, 2012. A public park has been named after him in Brooklyn Heights.
One of the many individuals shouted out on "8 Million Stories," Litro is Tribe's long-time road manager. He's been down since day one.
In addition to touring with De La Soul, Plug Three has been working on his long-in-the-making solo album, DJ Conductor.
Plug One, alongside the rest of De La Soul, toured with LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Ice Cube this year, keeping classic hip-hop alive.
The quick-footed Rock Steady Crew dancer currently tours the world, holding workshops on how to pop, drop, and party rock.
20. Doug E. Fresh
The legendary beat-boxer is now serving up fried food instead of lyrics, running Doug E.'s Chicken & Waffles in Harlem.
21. MC Lyte
One of hip-hop's pioneering feminists, MC Lyte is the founder and CEO of Hip Hop Sisters foundation.
Ironically, the rapper who made the song "Cop Killer" now plays a detective on TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
23. Grandmaster D
Whodini's DJ now lives and performs in Atlanta, where he can still reportedly "scratch" with almost every conceivable part of his anatomy.
24. Diamond D
The legendary D.I.T.C producer spins 45s at clubs across America. He also toured with Philly rapper Freeway this year.
25. Busta Rhymes
The former member of Leaders of the New School released his most recent solo album, Year of the Dragon, in August 2012.
One-half of the Garden State crew Lords of the Underground, Du "Doitall" Kelly recently produced the all-N.J. hip-hop doc Can't Forget New Jersey.
27. 5ft. Accelerator
5Ft. honored the 20th anniversary of Black Moon's 1993 debut album, Enta Da Stage, by performing with Buckshot and Evil Dee at SXSW earlier this year.
28. Crazy Legs
The original breakdancing legend of the Rock Steady Crew retired as a competitor in 2012, but is still an ambassador for the art form, hosting battles and workshops.