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Today in Hip Hop History: The Roots Release ‘Things Fall Apart’ 17 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop history The Roots released their fourth studio album Things Fall Apart. This project is considered by many publications at the Roots “breakthrough” album, gaining them coverage in major publications and expanding their fan base. It also came at a time when the whole Soulquarian collective (D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, […]

Best Hip Hop Moments of #BMH: Happy Birthday Dr. Dre

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Today we celebrate the birth of one of the most influential figures in Hip Hop. Not only was this man the first rap billionaire, he was an instrumental part (literally and figuratively) in the creation of a new sub genre of rap known as G-Funk. The living legend being described is none other than Dr. […]

Hip Hop Moments in #BHM: Happy Birthday Lupe Fiasco

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On this day in Black History we celebrate the birth of one of Hip Hop’s most passionate revolutionaries. Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco, was born today [February 16] in 1982. Lupe Fiasco is an American rapper, producer, and entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. Fiasco was born to a family with eight other children. […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Tupac Drops ‘Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z…’ LP 23 Years Ago

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On this date in 1993, Tupac Shakur released his second full length studio album Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z… on Jive Records and T.N.T. Recordings. With the ‘N’ word always having a negative connotation, ‘Pac flipped it to an acronym, meaning  Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished with the “Z” in the title making it plural. This album continued on […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Big L Was Shot And Killed 17 Years Ago

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Crowned as one of the most prolific lyricists to ever get in the booth, Lamont Coleman, better known to the rap world as Big L of the legendary Diggin’ In The Crates crew, was shot and killed on the streets of Harlem in a drive-by shooting by unknown assailants. He was only 24 years old. […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Erykah Badu Releases ‘Baduizm’ 19 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop History, one of the originators of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu, released her award winning, triple platinum, debut LP, Baduizm.  In 1993, Badu discontinued her enrollment at the historically Black university Grambling State University to concentrate on her music full time. She began working and touring with her cousin Robert […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Remembering J Dilla 10 Years Later

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On this date in 2006, James Dewitt Yancey better known as J Dilla lost his battle with Lupus and died from cardiac arrest in his home in Los Angeles. The Detroit beatmaker extraordinaire was only 32 years old. He passed away just three days after his 32nd born day, but managed to release his final album, […]

Today in Hip Hop History: Sir Mix-a-Lot Releases Mack Daddy 24 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop history, Sir Mix-a-Lot released his third LP, Mack Daddy. This was the Seattle-born rapper’s most successful project, housing his timeless hit single, “Baby Got Back.” Although the shine of “Baby Got Back” gave Sir Mix-a-Lot his claim to fame, it wasn’t the strongest track on the project. As much […]

5 Tracks That Made You Forget Twista Was From The Old School

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Today in Hip Hop history, Twista released his Kamikaze album, the Chi-Tow MC’s fourth studio LP, in 2004. As Twista’s only platinum release, it was his most successful album to date. During this era, Twista’s Guinness Book of World Records rap speed was chic in the rap game, which made many forget that he began […]

Today In Hip Hop History: D’Angelo Drops ‘Voodoo’ LP 16 Years Ago

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On this date in 2000, neo-soul veteran D’ Angelo released his sophomore album Voodoo. Released on Virgin Records ,this sophomore smash from the VA-born singer was recorded betwen 1998 and 1999 in Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the same studio made famous by Jimi Hendrix, the iconic artist that D’Angelo was often compared with. […]