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Today in Hip-Hop History: MF DOOM Dropped His Fifth LP ‘MM…FOOD’ 16 Years Ago

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On this date in 2004, MF DOOM dropped his fifth full-length studio release MM..FOOD. Put out on the underground Rhymesayers Entertainment label, some songs from the project were previously released under the name Madvillian on another label. The album featured classic samples from several superhero cartoons including the Fantastic Four, Spiderman and Superman. The album […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Wu-Tang Clan’s ODB Passes Away 16 Years Ago

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On this date in 2004, Russell Jones, who is better known to the world as Ason Unique aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was found unresponsive in an NYC recording studio and died moments later; merely two days before his 36th birthday. According to the medical examiner, Dirty died from an apparent drug overdose, a fatal mixture […]

Today In Hip-Hop History: ‘Belly’ Released in Theaters 22 Years Ago

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On this day in film history Hype Williams’ 1998 masterpiece Belly was released in theaters. Starring New York legends Nas and DMX, Belly follows the life and times of Tommy Bunds (DMX) and Sincere (Nas). The two get by as run-of-the-mill professional criminals ducking and dodging their way to their idea of a better life. […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: The Firm Released ‘The Album’ 23 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip-Hop History, New York-based supergroup The Firm released the sole studio album, The Album. As a collaborative effort made by Nas, Aftermath label-head Dr. Dre and marketing genius Steve Stoute, The Album was designed to boost the commercial and mainstream appeal of four of New York’s most prolific emcees: Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and […]