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Today in Hip-Hop History: Big Pun Dropped His Debut Album ‘Capital Punishment’ 23 Years Ago

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23 years ago on this date, Christopher Rios aka Big Punisher put out his first LP, Capital Punishment, on Loud Records. Visit for more information Released by Fat Joe and the Terror Squad on Loud Records, Pun’s highly anticipated album showcased Pun’s unequaled lyrical ability, comedic punchlines, and his ever-evolving style that his son […]

Today In Hip Hop History: A Tribe Called Quest Dropped Their Debut Album ‘The People’s Instinctive Travels And The Path To Rhythm’ LP 31 Years Ago


Ahead of its time to say the least, A Tribe Called Quest‘s experimental, alternative, jazz rap was originally unappreciated by mainstream audiences. It took six years for the Tribe’s first album to hit gold. The album might not have been a huge commercial success at first, but their innovative and comedic sound beautifully balanced the light-hearted […]

Happy 57th Birthday Biz Markie!

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Today the Hip Hop community celebrates the born day of “The Human Orchestra” Biz Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, one of the game’s most respected and successful all-around entertainers. Growing up in Harlem, New York, The Biz has been moving the crowd with his unique style of rhyming since he was 14. From his earliest […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: ‘Above The Rim’ Soundtrack Dropped 27 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, Death Row Records in conglomeration with Interscope Records released the soundtrack to the popular film, Above the Rim. Winning the 1995 Source Award for Soundtrack of the Year, this album featured so many hits that it could have stood alone from the movie as a compilation album. Visit […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Erykah Badu Dropped Her Debut LP ‘Baduizm’ 24 Years Ago

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On this date in 1997, the debut album from neo-soul queen Erykah Badu entitled Baduizm was released on Universal Records through the Kedar imprint. This LP catapulted the Texan songstress into the Grammy Award-winning music icon that she has become two decades later. Visit for more information Produced primarily by Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Powers, […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Digable Planets’ Released Their Debut Album ‘Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)’ 28 Years Ago

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Jazz has again begun to find its way into mainstream Hip-Hop. With the success of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, more artists have started to incorporate the classic brass and string jazz sound. On this day in Hip Hop history, one of the first jazz-fusion Hip-Hop albums, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: WTC’s Ghostface Killah Released His ‘Supreme Clientele’ LP 21 Years Ago

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On this date at the turn of the millennium, Ghostface Killah of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan released his second full-length album, Supreme Clientele. This album was the anticipated four-year follow-up to his critically acclaimed Iron Man debut. According to critics, this album has been ranked as Ghost’s best album to date. Visit for more […]