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Today In Hip Hop History: 2Pac Dropped His Second LP ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’ 26 Years Ago

Today in Hip Hop history 25 years ago, February 16, 1993, the legendary pop culture icon Tupac Shakur released his second studio LP entitled ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’. 2Pac created the acronym ‘N.I.G.G.A.’ stands for “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished”. It showed the political stance of Pac with a message that was clear and in your face.

Though it was released by T.N.T. Recordings, Interscope Records and EastWest Records America, in 1997 the album’s rights were inherited by the label his mother Afeni Shakur founded, Amaru Entertainment. The album includes classics like “Keep Ya Head Up”, “I Get Around” and “Holler If Ya Hear Me”. Since its release it has reached double platinum, selling over 1,639,584 copies in the US alone. Features include the group Live Squad, 2Pac’s brother The Wycked (now known as “Mopreme”, later a member of 2Pac’s groups Thug Life and The Outlawz), Ice-T, Ice Cube, Treach, Apache, Poppi, Deadly Threat, R&B singer Dave Hollister and Digital Underground. Production was done by the late Jam Master Jay, Special Ed and more.

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Today In Hip Hop History: The Fugees Released Their Second Album ‘The Score’ 23 Years Ago

On this day in 1996, Lauryn Hill, Pras and Wyclef Jean decided that Blunted On Reality would not be the beginning and ending of their illustrious careers and dropped their second, classic LP The Score.

Even though the explosive success of their sophomore album was unexpected, resulting in the crews breakup, the impact of the project catapulted the careers of all three members. The Score’s apex came during a time when gangsta rap was making its way East, giving any other form of lyricism a narrow lane to success.

The commercial success of the album came from singles such as the bubbly “Fu-Gee-La”, the Hip Hop remake of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly’, “Ready Or Not” and the album’s Diamond D-produced title track.

Salute to Pras, Clef, Ms. Hill, John Forte, Salaam Remi, Young Zee, Rah Digga and everyone involved in this monumental piece of Hip Hop history!

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Tupac Shakur’s Fourth LP ‘All Eyez On Me’ Dropped 23 Years Ago

23 years ago today, the Hip-Hop legend Tupac Shakur officially released his fourth album All Eyez On Me on Death Row Records and Interscope Records.

The album featured five singles with two topping number one on the Billboard Hot 100; “How Do U Want It” and “California Love”. It made Hip Hop history as the first double-full-length solo Hip-Hop studio album released. It was the second album from Tupac Shakur to hit number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling 566,000 copies in the first week. The album then won the 1997 Soul Train R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Award shortly after his untimely death. Shakur also won the Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the 24th Annual American Music Awards. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA on July 23, 2014.

All Eyez On Me the biopic about Pac’s life with the same name was released on June 16, 2017.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Erykah Badu Dropped Her Debut LP ‘Baduizm’ 22 Years Ago

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.

Produced primarily by Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Powers, who is known from ATCQ’s Low End Theory album, as well as various live tracks from the famed Hip Hop band The Roots, this project brought the smoky jazz lounge sound to Hip Hop circles via the language of the 5% Nation. Badu’s naturalista fashion and overall aura not only made lanes for artists like India Irie, Jill Scott and even Janelle Monae, but brought that positive energy that she called “izm” into the living rooms around the globe.

Storytelling tracks such as “Next Lifetime” and “Otherside Of The Game” showed what would be her cult like following her feminine vulnerabilities, which made her even more audibly attractive to her listeners. The timeless “On & On” will forever be recognized as the hit that made the three times platinum album the cherished musical gem that it still stands as 20 years later.

Thanks to Ms. Badu, Kedar Massenburg, The Roots and everyone else involved in this very intricate piece of Hip Hop history!

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Today In Hip Hop History: WTC’s Ghostface Killah Released His ‘Supreme Clientele’ LP 19 Years Ago

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.

RZA oversaw the production of the album, but it also included tracks from the Beatnuts’ Juju as well as in-house production from Inspectah Deck and DJ Allah Mathematics. Mainstream songs such as “Apollo Kids” and “Cherchez La Ghost” helped the album reach gold status within two months of its release.

Salute to Ghost, RZA and the entire WTC for their contribution to this Hip-Hop classic!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Lyrical Legend Big Pun Passed Away 19 Years Ago

On this date in 2000, the Hip Hop community was both shocked and saddened by the untimely death of lyrical giant Christopher “Big Pun” Rios. As the premiere artist for Fat Joe’s Terror Squad, Pun became the first Latino Hip Hop artist to go platinum and discovered TS’ First Lady, Remy Ma.

Pun is regarded as one of the game’s best lyricists to ever do it, or as he is aptly described, one of the best “dead or alive”. His only two full length releases, Capital Punishment and Yeeahhh Baby, are considered classic albums among true Hip Hop aficionados and continue to get radio play on his smash singles “I’m Not A Player” and the posthumous “It’s So Hard”.

Rest In Peace to Pun and sincere condolences to the Rios family from the entire Mind Squad.

#RIPBIGPUN

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Today in Hip-Hop History: 50 Cent Drops His Debut ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ LP 16 Years Ago

On this date in 2003, 50 Cent released his second and most critically acclaimed album to date Get Rich Or Die Tryin on Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.

After his street certified buzz from his Guess Who’s Back mixtape, a meeting with Eminem eventually turned into a million dollar deal on Dr. Dre and Em’s Shady/Aftermath imprint. With the album executive produced by Dre and Fif, this project became probably the most anticipated release of any debut Hip-Hop album of the new millennium.

Debuting at the pole position on Billboard 200, GRODT sold almost 900K units its first week and is now certified 6x platinum. The commercial success of the album in terms of radio and video plays as well the movie that launched starring 50 Cent with the same title helped earn the album a Grammy nod in 2004.

Some of the albums forerunning singles include the ever-popular “In Da Club,” “21 Questions” featuring the late Nate Dogg and “P.I.M.P.,” which became an international hit.

Salute to 50, Dre, Em and the entire G-Unit for this timeless piece of Hip-Hop history!

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Today In Hip Hop History: Wu Tang Clan’s ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ Turns 25 Years Old!

On this date in 1994, the legendary Staten Island, NY collective known as the Wu Tang Clan released on of the crew’s most memorable songs to date; “C.R.E.A.M.(Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” from their debut album Enter The 36 Chambers.

Recorded in Firehouse studios in NYC, Wu Tang Clan leader/advisor The RZA sampled The Charmels’ 1967 song, “As Long As I’ve Got You”. Since the WTC’s creation of this hit, “cream” became a slang term used for money in hoods all ocroos the country and eventually the globe.

On January 29, 2009, “C.R.E.A.M.” was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 units, 15 years after it was first released.

According to groundbreaking publications such as Time Magazine and Rolling Stone, C.R.E.A.M. is regarded as one of the best rap songs of all time.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Dr. Dre Assaults Dee Barnes In Hollywood Club 28 Years Ago

Before Dr. Dre was a billionaire music legend, he was the producer and founder of “America’s Most Dangerous Group”, committing one of the most malicious acts in Hip Hop during its Golden Era.

On this date in 1991, the host of Hip Hop video show Pump It Up Dee Barnes was attacked by the N.W.A. producer at a Bytches With Problems release party at the Po Na Na Souk Club in Hollywood.

According to the rumor mill, Dre brutally attacked the petite pundit because of two separate interviews that aired together in the same segment on Pump It Up with Ice Cube and N.W.A. Barnes says it was the producer’s idea to put the two beefing artists’ interviews together, but Dre wasn’t trying to hear any of that.

According to Dee,

“He picked me up by my hair and my ear and smashed my face and body into the wall,,,next thing I know, I’m down on the ground and he’s kicking me in the ribs and stomping on my fingers. I ran into the women’s bathroom to hide, but he burst through the door and started bashing me in the back of the head.”

Promoter Doug Young tried to step i nan defend Barnes, but Dre’s bodyguard pistol-whipped Young, knocking out two of his teeth.

Barely a year before the advent of the #MeToo movement, which neutralized several high-profile male celebrities for malicious behavior against women, the Apple Music mogul apologized to Barnes in the Defiant Ones documentary.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Ghostface Killah Dropped His ‘Supreme Clientele’ LP 19 Years Ago

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.

RZA oversaw the production of the album, but it also included tracks from the Beatnuts’ Juju as well as in-house production from Inspectah Deck and DJ Allah Mathematics. Mainstream songs such as “Apollo Kids” and “Cherchez La Ghost” helped the album reach gold status within two months of its release.

Salute to Ghost, RZA and the entire WTC for their contribution to this Hip-Hop classic!

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