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Today In Hip Hop History: Mobb Deep Dropped Their ‘Infamy’ LP 17 Years Ago

On this date in 2001, NYC kings of crime rhyme Mobb Deep released their fifth full length studio album entitled Infamy on the Loud/Columbia imprint.

As the QB duo’s first album following their publicized beef on wax with Jay-Z, the controversy helped to bolster the album’s sales, recognized by the RIAA as certified gold, despite being created during the advent of the internet, in an era that will forever be known as ringtone music.

As one of the last full length projects from the Mobb, Infamy offered up one of the few albums during that era that was approved by the streets as well as the industry. Tracks like “Get Away” and “Hey Luv”, which featured Bad Boy R&B group 112 spearheaded the album to commercial success with a more “acceptable” sound, while tracks like “The Learning (Burn)” featuring Rapper Noyd and Vita is an example of their ability to show you that the Mobb is still “Infamous”.

Salute to Prodigy(RIP), Havoc, Noyd and the rest of the Mobb who helped create this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Cam’Ron Drops His ‘Purple Haze’ Album 14 Years Ago

On this date in 2004, Cam’Ron released his fourth solo album entitled ‘Purple Haze’ released on the Diplomats, Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam imprints.

This was the first solo album from the Dipset capo following the Dipset craze, where he switched from his obsession with the color pink to the more regal purple. Songs such as the anthemic “Down And Out” featuring a fairly new artist named Kanye West and Syleena Johnson, “Bubble Music” and “Adrenaline” featuring Twista and Psycho Drama help to popularize the highly anticipated album that took about a year to be released following several label delays during the Roc-A-Fella break up.

The album was propelled by samples from old soul and reggae music, which only helped to add to the LP’s popularity.

Salute to Cam, Dipset and everyone involved with this timeless Hip Hop gem!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Death Row Records Releases ‘Christmas On Death Row’ LP 22 Years Ago

On this date in 1996, Death Row Records, led by then CEO Suge Knight, dropped an exclusively X-Mas project for the holiday season of 1996. Sadly, this album was released just shy of three month after the tragic shooting death of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.

The album featured all of Death Row’s favorite acts including Michel’le, who at the time was involved with Knight, Snoop Dogg and The Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Danny Boy and several other up and coming artists on the label. The star studded line-up rehashed many Christmas soul classics and carols including ‘Silver Bells”, “Frosty Thwe Snowman” and “White Christmas”. With 200K in sales, the virtually unheard of album didn’t do too bad. The best part was that it was reportedly all for charity.

Salute to the entire Death Row for releasing this under the radar Hip Hop classic!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Brand Nubian Drops Their Debut Album ‘One For All’ 28 Years Ago

On December 4, 1990, Brand Nubian released their classic Five Mic debut album One For All on Elektra Records. Boasting production Dante Ross, Skeff Anslem, the SD 50s(Stimulated Dummies), Jam as well as their own hands on the boards, Brand Nubian arguably released one of the most influential debut albums in Hip Hop history. The Source Magazine‘s Record Report of All For One gave the LP a perfect rating ,stating AFO, “overflows with creativity, originality, and straight-up talent. […] the type of record that captures a whole world of music, rhymes and vibes with a completely new style.”

Almost 30 years ago, Grand Puba Maxwell of the Masters Of Ceremony linked up with the Gods Derrick X and Lord Jamar Allah, recruited X’s childhood pal Alamo as the DJ to form the four man crew of Brand Nubian. The crew pioneered the sound of the Gods, infusing the knowledge and wisdom of the 5% Nation in their lyrical content and used the music to attract many young Black youth of that era to Black consciousness. Together the quartet have only released this album, but Lord J and Derrick X, who is now known as Sadat X, have dropped two additional projects under the Brand Nubian flag. Even with all of their respective solo endeavors, their collective impact on the culture of the rap game is forever embedded in the fabric of Hip Hop.

Salute to Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat, Alamo, Stud Dougee, Dante Ross, Skeff and everyone at Elektra who was involved in bringing the people such an important part of Hip Hop history!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JHw1sl5hjs

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Today In Hip Hop History: 2Pac Dropped “California Love” Featuring Dr. Dre 23 Years Ago

On this date in 1995, Death Row Records released one of the label’s most successful singles featuring Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Zapp frontman, the late Roger Troutman aptly titled “California Love” from ‘Pac’s All Eyez On Me LP.

As Tupac’s first single as a Death Row artist and as a free man after his 1994 rape conviction, California Love dropped during the height of the the East Coast/West Coast rivalry and helped to propel Death Row to the top of the Hip Hop food chain, featuring the game’s hottest rapper and the most sought after producer. The B-side to the Jodeci powered “How Do U Want It?” posted up in the Billboard pole position for a solid two weeks and ‘Pac was posthumously nominated for Grammys in the Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group categories.

“Only In Cali where we riot not rally, to live and die/ In L.A., we wearing Chucks, not Ballys(yeah, that’s right)..”

Salute to the late, great Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, the entire Death Row staff, the legend Roger Troutman and everyone involved with this smash single that will forever live in Hip Hop history.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force Dropped ‘Planet Rock: The Album’ 32 Years Ago

On this day in 1986, founder and leader of the Almighty Zulu Nation Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force released Planet Rock: The Album on Tommy Boy Records. The LP was a collection of seven songs recorded by the group, with the main single being the group’s most recognizable hit, “Planet Rock”.

Members of the international music pioneers Kraftwerks as well as contributions from rap legend Melle Mel and go-go music icons Trouble Funk added on to the eclecticism of this project. Kraftwerks’ “Trans-Europe Express” and “Numbers” were sampled, or interpolated as it was done on analog, for the lead single and title track, which was recorded and released four years before the album dropped.

Salute to Afrika Bambaataa and the entire Soulsonic Force for this classic piece that will forever be a part of Hip Hop history!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Tupac Shakur Shot And Robbed In Quad Studios 24 Years Ago

It was on this day in Hip Hop history that many may argue that the legend of Thug Life and Tupac Shakur began.

On this date in 1994, rapper was headed into the building on 7th Avenue in Manhattan that houses Quad Recording Studios with his manager Freddie Moore and friend Randy “Stretch” Walker(RIP) of the Live Squad the day after deliberations for ‘Pac’s rape case. When Tupac and his crew approached the elevator, they were approached by three gunmen who demanded their money and jewelry. Moore and Walker obeyed the commands, but ‘Pac began cursing at the gunmen, resulting in him being shot five times and robbed of $40K worth of jewelry before being dragged into the elevator to safety by Walker.

Many people, including Shakur, have suspected Lil’ Cease, who called ‘Pac from the 8th floor window before he was shot, Diddy and the late Notorious B.I.G. for the hit/robbery attempt, however, that theory was denied by Cease, Diddy and B.I.G. and no proof of their involvement has ever surfaced. Others have suspected Brooklyn street legends Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant, James “Jimmy Henchmen” Rosemond and Walter “King Tut” Johnson of being involved in orchestrating the shooting, which hasn’t amount to much more than a great hood fable. One thing is for sure. After the shooting, the relationship between the East Coast and West Coast Hip Hop communities was never the same again.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Mary J. Bligew Dropped Her Second LP ‘My Life’ 24 Years Ago

On this day in 1994, the Queen of Hip Hop/R&B Mary J. Blige released what is possibly her best work to date, he sophomore ‘My Life’ album.

Produced by Diddy, who was then recognized as Sean “Puffy” Combs on his skyrocketing Bad Boy imprint, MJB’s album appealed to so many because of her relatable experiences with drug abuse, domestic abuse and depression. Very similar to her debut ‘What’s The 411?’, My Life has an extremely familiar Hip Hop feel, as did the other Bad Boy R&B acts such as Jodeci, Carl Thomas and a then unknown Faith Evans.

Some of the album’s unforgettable hits include the metamorphic “Be Happy”, the Rick James fueled “Mary Jane”, “I’m Goin’ Down” and the classic, Roy Ayers influenced title track. Alongside Puffy, producers such as Chucky Thompson, Herb Middleton and the Trackmasterz’ Poke held it down behind the boards for Mary.

This triple platinum selling album was named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums(279) and Time Magazine named it in their Top 100.

Salute to MJB, Diddy, and everyone else at Bad Boy who was involved with this timeless classic!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Queen Latifah Dropped Her Debut Album ‘All Hail The Queen’ 29 Years Ago

On this date in 1989, Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah dropped her first full length studio album All Hail The Queen on the now defunct Tommy Boy Records.

As the first artist on the N.J. based Flavor Unit collective, Latifah filled a void for female emcees with her regal appearance and her commanding rhyme style, which at that time, was only rivaled by the males. Social consciousness, African awareness and civilization were at the forefront of Latifah’s image and music, thus, the album’s title, All Hail The Queen.

The songs that led and propelled thr album’s momentum include the lead single, “Wrath Of My Madness”, which was actually released the year before the album dropped and “Ladies First”, an anthem celebrating femininity within Hip Hop culture, while introducing a British accented Monie Love spitting a verse alongside Latifah.

Salute to Queen Latifah, Shakim, Mark The 45 King and the rest of the Flavor Unit for this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!

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Today In Hip Hop History: No Limit’s Soulja Slim Shot And Killed 15 Years Ago

On this day in 2003, James Tapp Jr., who is better known to the Hip Hop community as Soulja Slim, was shot and killed in front of his mother’s residence the night before Thanksgiving in his hometown of New Orleans. He was 26 years old.

Slim’s killer, 22 year old Gerelle Smith, was arrested on New Year’s Eve for the shooting, but was released after no witnesses would come forward, even though the murder weapon was found in Smith’s possession. In August 2011, Smith was also shot and killed.

The New Orleans District Attorney’s office still have Slim’s murder listed as a cold case.

Soulja Slim is best known for his Juvenile assisted “Slow Motion”, which was the premiere track that featured both of New Orleans’ Hip Hop first families; No Limit Records and Cash Money Records.

Salute to Slim(RIP) and the city of New Orleans for giving the world a chance to hear the voice of one of its kings.

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