Green Frame

1. Daddy-O
Age: 52
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
Age: 52
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
Age: 47
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
Age: Deceased
The overweight lover passed away on Oct. 29, 2011 due to a pulmonary embolism. RIP.

5. Kool Moe Dee 
Age: 50 
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
Age: 55
Hip-hop's OG turntable technician continues to tour the world by virtue of his excellence on the ones and twos.

7. Large Professor
Age: 40
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 
Age: 56 
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
Age: 46
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
Age: 44
Pharoahe Monch's former partner in rhyme now owns Nasty Habits Ent. and has reportedly finished his fourth solo album.

11. Mike D 
Age: 47
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 
Age: 44
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
Age: 43
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."

14. Ad-Rock
Age: 46
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.

15. MCA
Age: Deceased
Beloved Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch succumbed to cancer on May 12, 2012. A public park has been named after him in Brooklyn Heights.

16. Litro
Age: 45
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.

17. Maseo
Age: 43
In addition to touring with De La Soul, Plug Three has been working on his long-in-the-making solo album, DJ Conductor.

18. Posdnuos
Age: 44
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.

19. Mr.Wiggles
Age: 48
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
Age: 47
The legendary beat-boxer is now serving up fried food instead of lyrics, running Doug E.'s Chicken & Waffles in Harlem.

21. MC Lyte
Age: 41
One of hip-hop's pioneering feminists, MC Lyte is the founder and CEO of Hip Hop Sisters foundation.

22. Ice-T
Age: 55
Ironically, the rapper who made the song "Cop Killer" now plays a detective on TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

23. Grandmaster D
Age: 51
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
Age: 44
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
Age: 41
The former member of Leaders of the New School released his most recent solo album, Year of the Dragon, in August 2012.

26. Doitall
Age: 42
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
Age: 40
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
Age: 47
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.