Cunninlynguists masterfully use the seasons of the year as a metaphor for the phases of hip-hop. Spring is the beginning of the genre, summer is the early 90’s and late 80’s, or the “Golden Age”. Fall is used to describe the late 90’s. Finally, winter is used to describe the current state of hip-hop. They call it the “ice age” because of all the jewelry, or “ice”, worn by rappers today.