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Today in Hip-Hop History: Nas’ Second LP ‘It Was Written’ Turns 25 Years Old!

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On July 2, 1996, Nas unleashed the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, 1994’s Illmatic entitled It Was Written, the album featured production from DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, and Havoc. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information This time around, the fresh-faced, 22-year-old Brooklyn-born emcee consciously pushed the album in a more mainstream direction, hoping to secure a wider fan […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Jay-Z’s Classic Debut Album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Turns 25 Years Old!

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On June 25, 1996, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke embarked on a creative journey that has morphed into a billion-dollar movement today with the release of the Reasonable Doubt LP. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Released courtesy of their independent Roc-A-Fella imprint, Jay’s premier album was promoted and sanctioned by the […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Raekwon’s Infamous ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ Album AKA “The Purple Tape” Turns 25 Years Old!

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Exactly a quarter century ago, one of the greatest conceptual albums in the history of Hip Hop was released. Raekwon The Chef released his debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, guest starring his right hand man, Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Released on the Loud/RCA imprint and produced exclusively […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s ‘E. 1999 Eternal’ Turns 25 Years Old!

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On this date in Hip Hop history, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, released their 2nd LP E. 1999 Eternal on Ruthless Records Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Four months after the death of rapper/executive producer Eazy-E, Cleveland rap quartet Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their 2nd studio album East 1999 Eternal. Today marks a quarter-century since the release of the […]

Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ Receives 25th Anniversary Re-Issue with Bonus Tracks

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Sony Music is commemorating the 25th anniversary of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous with a digital-only expanded edition of the groundbreaking East Coast rap masterpiece available online Friday, April 24. The Infamous – 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition includes bonus tracks “Shook Ones, Part I” (Original Version), and Infamous Sessions Mixes of “The Money (Version 2)” and […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Ol’ Dirty Bastard Released ‘Return Of The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version’ 25 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard released his debut solo LP, Return of the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. Released by Elektra Records, Return of the 36 Chambers was only the second solo LP by any Wu-Tang member. Largely produced by fellow Wu-Tang emcee RZA, the album had a mostly positive commercial reception. […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Big L’s Debut Album ‘Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous’ Turns 25 Years Old!

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On this date, a quarter-century ago, Big L dropped his debut and only full-length studio album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous on Columbia Records. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Aside from, eloquently stated by The Source Magazine at the time, “[coming] with ill animated lyrics, combined with metaphors that stun; a combo sure to […]

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