Hip Hop History

Today in Hip-Hop History: D’Angelo Drops Debut ‘Brown Sugar’ LP 24 Years Ago

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On this date in 1995, Richmond, Virginia native and neo-soul trailblazer Michael Eugene Archer a.k.a. D’Angelo released his debut album Brown Sugar on EMI Records. This landmark project boasted production from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest’s DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Kedar Massenburg, Bob Power, and Tony Toni Tone’s Raphael Saadiq, however, the majority […]

Museum Exhibit in Oakland Chronicles the ‘Style and Wisdom’ of Hip-Hop Culture

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Is there a general universal understanding on how Hip-Hop culture changed the face of American music? There are a hoard of paintings, videos, and photos with the culture’s aptitude on display. Stationed at the Oakland Museum of California is the profound exhibit, “Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom,” aims to narrate the story of Hip-Hop’s esteemed […]

The History Behind Hip-Hop Grammy Categories

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Hip-hop’s presence in what was once called the Gramophone Award now known as the exalted Grammy Award is one founded in an adventure. Presented by the Recording Academy in 1958, the Grammy Award honors musicians whose craft is primarily done in the English language and have achieved mass popular appeal. Such analysis appears to be […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Troy Ave Was Shot Twice in His Car on Christmas Day

Today in Hip Hop History: Troy Ave Was Shot Twice in His Car on Christmas Day

Today marks a year since Troy Ave was shot, while heading to visit his family in Brooklyn on Christmas Day. Around 4:20 p.m on December 25, 2016, the Brooklyn rapper was sitting in a red Maserati at East 91st Street and Linden Boulevard, while someone walked up to the vehicle and fired multiple shots. The “She […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Dr Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Was Released 25 Years Ago

Dr. Dre's Classic Debut 'The Chronic' to be Archived in Library of Congress

The Chronic is the debut studio album by Hip Hop legend, Dr. Dre. It was his first solo project after parting ways with NWA over financial disputes. It was released on December 15, 1992 through Death Row Records, and distributed through Interscope Records and Priority Records. The album’s name was inspired by the slang term for […]

De La Soul Drops ‘Stakes Is High’ 20 Years Ago Today

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Today [Saturday, July 2] marks the 20th anniversary of De La Soul‘s fourth album, Stakes Is High. The title accurately describes the point in Posdnous, Dave and Maseo‘s careers where they were at a crossroads. Stakes Is High would be the first album that wouldn’t feature longtime producer Prince Paul behind the production board. After all, […]

The First Ladies Of Rap: MC Lyte

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The First Ladies of Rap and Hip Hop culture are all forward-thinking pioneers whose legacies, both individual and collective, are undeniable. While these women don’t technically require a proper introduction at this stage in their careers as veterans, there’s no better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate the achievements, challenges overcome and contributions each have made over the […]