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mods you should sticky this as I will update it often

First off yesterday, the 11th in 1973 hip hop was born with much credit due to Kool Herc for that http://www.rapstation.com/td/vBHqvk6i

Today August 12th in 1969, Prince Poetry of Organized Konfusion fame was born in 1969. Ice Cube's cousin Del the Funkee Homosapian was born in 1972 http://www.rapstation.com/thisdayinhiphopandrap

Also, Affion Crockett was born on this day in 1974. This Sunday his show on Fox will premier. Here's looking to getting more of the following treats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPm5tgyTmWU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-j6Z_Loxw4

  

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bumpin this one on my way home, thanks holmes
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To this day I haven't heard that album...
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1. "lol @ "today in hip hop history" & it's prince po's birthday"
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we could probably do hip hop history every day if we're posting B & C level rappers' birthdays

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lot of hip hop legends born in Black August, today August 13th, Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic MCs fame was born as well as Tragedy Khadafi

http://www.rapstation.com/this​;dayinhiphopandrap

Tragedy Khadafi was born Percy Chapman in Queens , New York on this day in 1971.

Khadafi was previously known as Intelligent Hoodlum as a member of The Juice Crew. He also made up one half of the Iron Sheiks with Imam T.H.U.G. He also made up one half of another duo in the beginning of his career as a part of The Super Kids with Hot Day.

Khadafi released his first Self-Entitled album in 1991 on A&M Records as Intelligent Hoodlum. Khadafi has released 10 albums to date on various labels such as Nocturne , Fast Life , Solid , Gee Street and 25 Ta Life Records with the most recent being 2011’s “Thug Matrix 3”

  

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>lot of hip hop legends born in Black August, today August
>13th, Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic MCs fame was born as well as
>Tragedy Khadafi
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>http://www.rapstation.com/this​;dayinhiphopandrap
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>Tragedy Khadafi was born Percy Chapman in Queens , New York on
>this day in 1971.
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>Khadafi was previously known as Intelligent Hoodlum as a
>member of The Juice Crew. He also made up one half of the Iron
>Sheiks with Imam T.H.U.G. He also made up one half of another
>duo in the beginning of his career as a part of The Super Kids
>with Hot Day.
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>Khadafi released his first Self-Entitled album in 1991 on A&M
>Records as Intelligent Hoodlum. Khadafi has released 10 albums
>to date on various labels such as Nocturne , Fast Life , Solid
>, Gee Street and 25 Ta Life Records with the most recent being
>2011’s “Thug Matrix 3”

some more history about the 13th, Cypress Hill.............

On August 13th, 1991, a classic was born. Made up of B-Real, Sen Dog & DJ Muggs, the self-titled debut album from Cypress Hill was a fresh of fresh air. 16 tracks filled with tales of the streets, guns, corrupt cops and, of course, weed.

Rolling Stone ranked their debut at #59 on their top 100 Best Albums Of The Nineties. In their review, they said:

"Cypress Hill's formula has been imitated so much, it's easy to forget how shocking it sounded at the time: crazy L.A. voices, scary Spanglish words, dusted Seventies funk beats that made you laugh out loud. B-Real and Sen-Dog come on as a hip-hop Cheech and Chong, praising the sweet leaf with a devotion rarely seen beyond the parking lot at a Phish concert. While the rappers twist their "Latin Lingo" into vato rhymes about blunts, guns and forties, D.J. Muggs pumps bongloads of bass into paranoid sound collages like "Hand on the Pump," and when you turn it up loud, the beat goes boo-ya."

Spin and Q magazine also praised the debut from Cypress Hill, ranking it high on their lists of the Best Albums Of The 90's. The Source magazine also chose it as one of the 100 Best Rap Albums.

Sampling everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Muddy Waters, to Kool & The Gang and The Isley Brothers, the incredible DJ Muggs went all out to create a wildly original soundscape for B-Real and Sen Dog to rhyme over.

HIPHOPGODS and RAPstation salutes the mighty Cypress Hill and their classic debut album.

Tune in to HIPHOPGODS Radio - Tuesday, August 16th, 8pm EST - where we'll celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their debut.

http://www.rapstation.com/​;news/cypress.hill.20yearan​niversary

  

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Aug.14th – The Fat Boys followed up their motion picture debut in 1985’s “Krush Groove” with a remake of the Jerry Lewis comedy classic The Disorderly Orderly” called “The Disordelies” , which opened in U.S. theaters on this day in 1987.

The Warner Bros. film was directed by Michael Schultz and co-starred Ralph Bellamy , Helen Reddy and Troy Beyer.

  

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Today in hip hop and rap history

Aug.15th – Russian hip-hop star and actor Timati was born Timur Ildarovich Yunasov in Moscow , Soviet Union , on this day in 1983.

Timati became first known to the Russian public via the entertainment reality show “Star Factory 4”. Timati has released 2albums to date ; 2006’s “Black Star” and 2009’s “The Boss”. Timati has also appeared in 6 films to date , most notably 2006’s Art Studio Pictures film “Heat”.

Timati who raps in Russian and English has collaborated with a number of American hip-hop artists such ; Fat Joe , Snoop Dogg , Cam’Ron , Busta Rhymes and P.Diddy.

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None of this is hip hop history. Besides, there's already a great hip hop timeline in the lesson archves.

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>None of this is hip hop history. Besides, there's already a
>great hip hop timeline in the lesson archves.

post the link, meanwhile ignore this thread

Happy born day to KRS ONE who was born today in 1965

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August 22nd: The GZA/Genius of The Wu-Tang Clan was born Gary Grice , in Brooklyn , New York , on this day in 1966.

In the early 1980's The GZA was known as The Genius because of his well rounded knowledge of the 5% teachings. It was during this time that he formed his 1st rap group with his cousins and future Wu members , the late Ol' Dirty Bastard and Wu founder and producer The RZA.

In 1991 , The GZA signed with Cold Chillin' Records and released his debut album "Words From The Genius" , which featured production by Easy Mo Bee , Jesse West and Patrick Harvey. The Genius would only begin to attain success however when with his cousins The RZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard , formed the 9 man crew in 1992 that featured Method Man, Raekwon , Ghostface Killah , U-God , Masta Killa and Cappadonna , known as The Wu-Tang Clan.

When their debut album "Enter The Wu-Tang" was released in 1993 , The GZA as he was now known , was one of the most prominently featured m.c's on the album. His 1995 sophomore joint "Liquid Swords" was produced entirely by The RZA , as were all Wu-Tang solo albums at the time and is still considered until this day as one of the strongest Wu solo efforts ever. "Liquid Swords" spawned the hits ; "Cold World" , "I Gotcha Back" , "Shadowboxin/4th Chamber" and the classic title track. Like the group's collective debut album , "Liquid Swords" retained a martials arts film theme throughout the album. The album's cover was designed by DC Milestone Comics chief artist Denys Cowan.

The GZA has released 3 more solo albums since then , 1999's "Beneath The Surface" , 2002's "Legend Of The Liquid Sword" and 2008's "Pro Tools". The GZA is currently working on a follow-up to his 1995 classic called ; "Liquid Swords 2" - The Return Of The Shadowboxer. The GZA has appeared on all 5 Wu-Tang Clan albums as well as guesting on Wu solo joints by several members including classics by ODB and Raekwon.

In 2005 , The GZA released a collaborative album with Cypress Hill d.j. and producer DJ Muggs called "Grandmasters" on Angeles Records. The albums theme was the game of "chess".

The GZA also appeared with The RZA in the 2003 United Artists film "Coffee And Cigarettes" , in a memorable scene with Bill Murray. The GZA is considered one of the most gifted lyricists in hip-hop history.

  

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August 23rd - Public Enemy released their 5th album “Muse Sick In Hour Mess Age” on Def Jam Records , on this day in 1994.

The album’s heavy focus on live instrumentation would influence The Roots , N.E.R.D and Rage Against The Machine. The album would contain unforgettable tracks like “Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On In The Middle Of Hell” , “Stop In The Name” , “What Kind Of Power We Got” , “I Stand Accused” and the hit-single “Give It Up”. The c.d. version contained an explosive intro track called “Ferocious Soul”.

Where as in the past Public Enemy had gone after mainly white supremacy , racists and enemies of oppressed people around the world , the group had now gone after the Black community itself , holding accountable the Original Man and Woman in the struggle and liberation of The Black Nation.

An almost sci-fi concept known as the “*****trons” were introduced on this album. The goal of “Muse Sick” , to quote lyrics from the track “Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On In The Middle Of Hell” was to “crack the cracka” and “Level the devil”.

The album would also contain a reworking of Minister Louis Farrakhan’s late 60’s hit “A White Man’s Heaven Is A Black Man’s Hell” , renamed “White Heaven/Black Hell”.

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Today in 2004, some Madlib history
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just to catch up on some dates that were missed...

just to catch up on some dates that were missed
August 17th OGC released sophomore album M Pire Strikez Back
http://www.rapstation.com/td/NBHqvk6i
they make an error saying No Fear was on that album but it's Chuck so I'll give him a pass, lol

August 18th, Everlast was born in 1969 http://www.rapstation.com/td/XBHqvk6i

August 19th, Fat Joe was born in 1970 http://www.rapstation.com/td/fCHqvk6i
Aug.19th – Fat Joe was born Joseph Antonio Cartagena in The Bronx , New York , on this day in 1970. Joe released his debut album in 1993 called “Represent” on Relativity Records as Fat Joe Tha Gangsta. The album’s lead-off single “Flow Joe” earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song. Joe released his 2nd album in 1995 called “Jealous One’s Envy”.

The album was produced by D.I.T.C.’s Diamond D. and featured KRS-One as a guest as well as Big Pun who had now joined Joe’s Terror Squad click along with Remy ma , Tony Sunshine , Cuban Link , Triple Seis , Prospect and Armageddon. Big Pun would die tragically from a heart attack in 2000. Joe scored with the hit single “Envy” off the album.

During this time he was also featured on the remix to the LL Cool J single “I Shot Ya” ,along with Prodigy of Mobb Deep , Foxy Brown and Keith Murray. In 1998 Joe switched labels and went to Atlantic Records and released the hugely successful “Don Cartegena” album. In 2001 Fat Joe released “Jealous One’s Envy”(J.O.S.E.) , not to be confused with Joe’s sophomore album of the same name. The album included a slew of guest appearances from N.O.R.E. , R. Kelly , Busta Rhymes , M.O.P. , Ludacris , Petey Pablo and reggae singer Buju Banton.

The album was produced by Irv Gotti and spawned the smash-hit “What’s Luv” , featuring Ja Rule and Ashanti. In 2004 , Joe and the Terror Squad scored with the smash-hit anthem “Lean Back” , produced by Scott Storch from their album “True Story”. Joe would release five more albums since then ; 2005’s “All Or Nothing” , 2006’s ”Me , Myself And I” , 2008’s “The Elephant In The Room” , 2009’s “Jealous Ones Envy 2”(J.O.S.E. 2) and 2010’s “The Darkside” – Vol-1. Joe has also been involved in several business enterprises , opening a clothing store called “Halftime” , a barbershop and launching a clothing line called FJ560.

  

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happy born day to Terminator X

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August 25th – Former Public Enemy d.j. Terminator X. was born Norman Rogers in New York City , on this day in 1966.

Terminator was originally known as DJ Mellow D. when he joined P.E. in 1986. When I suggested to him that that he change his name , to Terminator X. , he originally was not fond of his new name but it eventually grew on him. Terminator meant that he was as a d.j. , putting an end to all the musical nonsense out there. X. stood for the unknown , as in all the knowledge of self taken from the Original Man and Woman.

When I was looking to recruit a d.j. for Public Enemy , I was searching for a d.j. along the lines of the late Jam Master Jay , d.j. for Run-DMC. Jam Master Jay rarely ever made a mistake as a concert d.j. and his precision was legendary. Terminator would fit the same mold.

Terminator was first introduced on a P.E. recording on the closing track of our 1987 debut album “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on a cut called “Terminator X. Speaks With His Hands”. Terminator was again prominently featured on P.E.’s sophomore set “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” on the tracks “Rebel Without A Pause” and “Terminator X. To The Edge Of Panic”. Terminator’s explosive cuts could be especially heard loud in effect on one of the album’s singles “Night Of the Living Baseheads”.

The magnus opus of Terminator’s turn-table work however can be best heard on “Fight The Power” off of P.E.’s 3rd album , 1990’s “Fear Of A Black Planet” and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece picture “Do The Right Thing”. Terminator X. released his debut solo album “Terminator X. And The Valley Of The Jeep Beets” on Def Jam Records. The album was produced by Terminator himself and Public Enemy production team The Bomb Squad. The album was able to feature some of Long Island’s most talented hip-hop artists and spawned the hits “Homey Don’t Play at” by Bonnie N Clyde , “The Blues” by Andreas 13 and the unforgettable “Buck Whylin’” featuring Yours Truly and Sista Souljah.

Terminator X released his sophomore solo joint in 1994 called “Super Bad” by Terminator X. And The Godfathers Of Threatt”. The album spawned the smash-hit “It all Comes Down To The Money” by Whodini. The album also contained the historical collaboration of M.C. Lyte , Ice-T , Ice Cube and yours truly on the anti censorship anthem “Sticka”. Grandmaster Flash put in an appearance on the album on the track “G-Dam Datt DJ Made My Day”.

The historical rivalry of The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Five was revived on the track “Stylewild ‘94”. Hip-Hop inventor Kool DJ Herc was featured on 4 tracks , being the 1st time the hip-hop godfather’s voice was ever heard on record. Terminator recorded 7 albums with P.E. before temporarily retiring to run an ostrich farm in South Carolina.

Terminator is currently working on a new album called “Judgment Day”. Terminator X. is one of the most respected d.j.’s in hip-hop history, whose creative , explosive style had many calling him the Jimi Hendrix of the turn-tables.

  

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Aug.29th – Michael Jackson was born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary , Indiana , on this day in 1958.

Aside from being the biggest and most influential entertainer of all time , with a career that needs no introduction , Michael Jackson has had a connection to culture of hip-hop going back to the early 80’s. Performing Billie Jean on the Motown 25th Anniversary television special on NBC , Jackson performed the famed moonwalk dance practiced for years by New York City break-dance crews like The Rock Steady Crew and The New York City Breakers. Over the years Jackson would express his admiration for rap artists like Run-DMC , 50 Cent and Jay-Z. Jackson would also collaborate with hip-hop artists throughout his career like The Notorious B.I.G. , The Black Eyed Peas , Heavy D. , Kris Kross and Shaquille O’neal.

Michael Jackson in turn also had a major influence in hip-hop , inspiring rap artists like M.C. Hammer , Fat Joe , Dimples D. , Nas , Doug E. Fresh and even Public Enemy. Michael Jackson’s passing in 2009 left a void in entertainment that has not been filled until this day.

  

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Aug.30th – Rudy Pardee of The L.A. Dream Team drowned in a freak scuba-diving accident in Catalina , California , on this day in 1998.

The L.A. Dream Team were one of the front-runners of West-Coast rap and electro hip-hop whose influence would later be heard through groups like J.J. Fad , The Black Eyed Peas and The World Class Wreckin’ Cru which featured a young Dr.Dre.

After The L.A. Dream Team disbanded in 1989 after their 3rd and last album “Back To Black” , Pardee went to work for Universal as a Business Service Analyst and Projects Manager.

  

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Sept.1st – South African m.c. Hip Hop Pantsula releases his 3rd album “O Mang?” on CCP/EMI S.A. Records , on this day in 2003. The album featured the tracks “Danger” , “He Banna” , “On My Own” , “Raise It Up” , “Maxheba” and “Supa Nova” to name a few.

  

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Back on my b.i.

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September 1st – Seattle MC Sir Mix-A-Lot releases his debut album, “Swass”, on his own Nastymix Records, on this day in 1988.

The album would feature the hit singles, “Posse On Broadway”, “Gold”, “Rippin” (featuring Kid Sensation) and a hip-hop remake of the Black Sabbath metal classic “Iron Man”, featuring San Francisco’s Metal Church.

The title track’s hook would be used as the hook for the 2005 Pussycat Dolls chart topper “Don’t Cha” (featuring Busta Rhymes).

  

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Sept.2nd –South Carolina born Young Jeezy released his 3rd album on a major label ; “The Recession” on Def Jam Records , this day in 2008.

The album featured production by Don Cannon , Drumma Boy and Kanye West.

“The Recession” contained the hit singles “Put It On” , “Vacation” and “Crazy World”. The album’s biggest surprise however would be Young Jeezy’s collaboration with one time rival Nas on the smash-hit “My President”.

  

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it's that hip-hop is still too young to have a very prolific and illustrious career.

  

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>it's that hip-hop is still too young to have a very prolific
>and illustrious career.

why do you say that?

  

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>it's that hip-hop is still too young to have a very prolific
>and illustrious career.


  

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...a child is born with no state of mind, blind to the ways of mankind, god is smilin' on you and frownin' too, because only god knows what you gonna do...©melle mel

  

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they only focus on one event each day my dude, if you know of more history you should add on instead of saying where the fuck is so and so. Every year they will pick something different on each day

the following may be confusing for some but that's because Naughty's original name was Nu Style which they released their first album under

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Sept.3rd – New Jersey’s Naughty By Nature released their self-entitled sophomore album on Tommy Boy Records , on this day in 1991.

The platinum-selling debut would feature the hit singles “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”(Ghetto Bastard) and the anthem that propelled them to stardom “O.P.P.”

A reissue of the album featured the hit single “Uptown Anthem” which was featured on the “Juice” soundtrack.

Treach , the group’s lead vocalist would introduce a fast dancehall/reggae delivery on this album reminiscent of KRS-One’s style on the album “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions. Treach would cite reggae greats ; Super Cat and Shabba Ranks as influences.

  

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Sept.4th – Dj and M.C. Kurtis Mantronic was born Kurtis El Hahleel in Kingston , Jamaica , on this day in 1965.

His group Mantronix were an influential hip-hop group in the mid 80’s who influenced other groups in hip-hop , new jack swing , house and electronica.

Their 1985 song “Fresh Is The Word” was an underground hip-hop classic.

Mantronic released 5 albums over the years with Mantronix and 1 solo album ; “I Sing The Body Electro” on Oxygen Music Works Records.

Mantronic has been very prolific in techno and house music in recent years , doing production work for Fatboy Slim , The Chemical Brothers , Liberty X , Junior Senior and Kylie Minogue.

  

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Sept.5th – LL Cool J releases his 8th album G.O.A.T.” on Def Jam Records , on this day in 2000. The album’s title was an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time” The set included guest appearances by Prodigy of Mobb Deep , DMX , Method , Redman as well as r’n’b singers Carl Thomas , Kelly Price and Case.

The album peaked at no.1 and featured the hit single “Imagine That” featuring LeShaun.

  

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Sept.6th – N.O.R.E. a.k.a. Noreaga was born Victor Santiago Jr. in Queens , New York , on this day in 1976.

N.O.R.E. was 1st introduced to the hip-hop world as Noreaga in 1996 with his partner in rhyme Capone as Capone-N-Noreaga. He took his name from former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noreaga.

Capone-N-Noreaga or CNN for short , released their debut album “The War Report” on Penalty Records in 1997. “The War Report” contained the hit-singles ; “Capone Bone” , “Closer” , “T.O.N.Y.”(Top Of New York) , “Illegal Life” and the controversial “L.A. , L.A.”. The album was produced by Tragedy Khadafi , who also was the architect behind the concept of the group.

In 1998 , Noreaga released his Self-Entitled debut solo album ,changing his stage name to N.O.R.E. in the process. The album was hugely successful, spawning the hit “Superthug” , produced by The Neptunes.

In 1999 , calling himself Noreaga again , he released is 2nd solo album called “Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler”. Melvin Flynt , an alter-ego for Noreaga , was a combination of Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt and the Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson character ; Melvin Udall in the 1997 Tri-Star Pictures film “As Good as It Gets”.

In 1999 , Capone-N-Noreaga released their sophomore album as a duo called “The Reunion” on Tommy Boy Records.

In 2002 , Noreaga released another solo album , this time on Def Jam Records called “God’s Favorite” , which contained the smash-hit “Nothin’”.

In 2006 N.O.R.E. released the album “N.O.R.E. Y La Familia…Ya Tu Sabe” , which included the huge reggaeton hit “Oye Mi Canto”.

Since then N.O.R.E. released 2 more solo albums ; 2007’s “Noreality” and 2009’s “S.O.R.E.” as well as 2 more CNN albums ; 2009’s “Channel 10” and 2010’s “The War Report 2”.

  

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>Sept.6th – N.O.R.E. a.k.a. Noreaga was born Victor Santiago
>Jr. in Queens , New York , on this day in 1976.
>
>N.O.R.E. was 1st introduced to the hip-hop world as Noreaga in
>1996 with his partner in rhyme Capone as Capone-N-Noreaga. He
>took his name from former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noreaga.
>
>Capone-N-Noreaga or CNN for short , released their debut album
>“The War Report” on Penalty Records in 1997. “The War Report”
>contained the hit-singles ; “Capone Bone” , “Closer” ,
>“T.O.N.Y.”(Top Of New York) , “Illegal Life” and the
>controversial “L.A. , L.A.”. The album was produced by Tragedy
>Khadafi , who also was the architect behind the concept of the
>group.
>
>In 1998 , Noreaga released his Self-Entitled debut solo album
>,changing his stage name to N.O.R.E. in the process. The album
>was hugely successful, spawning the hit “Superthug” , produced
>by The Neptunes.
>
>In 1999 , calling himself Noreaga again , he released is 2nd
>solo album called “Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler”. Melvin Flynt ,
>an alter-ego for Noreaga , was a combination of Hustler
>Magazine founder Larry Flynt and the Oscar-winning Jack
>Nicholson character ; Melvin Udall in the 1997 Tri-Star
>Pictures film “As Good as It Gets”.
>
>In 1999 , Capone-N-Noreaga released their sophomore album as a
>duo called “The Reunion” on Tommy Boy Records.
>
>In 2002 , Noreaga released another solo album , this time on
>Def Jam Records called “God’s Favorite” , which contained the
>smash-hit “Nothin’”.
>
>In 2006 N.O.R.E. released the album “N.O.R.E. Y La Familia…Ya
>Tu Sabe” , which included the huge reggaeton hit “Oye Mi
>Canto”.
>
>Since then N.O.R.E. released 2 more solo albums ; 2007’s
>“Noreality” and 2009’s “S.O.R.E.” as well as 2 more CNN albums
>; 2009’s “Channel 10” and 2010’s “The War Report 2”.

Foxxy Brown was born today in 1979, singer Macy Gray in 1967 as well

  

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Sept.7th – Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright in Compton , California on this day in 1963.

Eazy-E founded Ruthless Records with long-time rock and roll manager and business partner Jerry Heller in 1987. Ruthless was primarily a label to promote Eazy’s new group N.W.A. , which at the time featured Ice Cube , DJ Yella , Arabian Prince , Dr. Dre and M.C. Ren.

Ruthless Records however would also release hit records by other artists like J.J. Fad , The D.O.C. and Michel’le.

But it would be with N.W.A. that Eazy E. would make music history. The group’s sophomore album “Straight Outta Compton” would put the group on the musical map as they would now share the torch of west-coast hip-hop with Ice-T and Too $hort.

The legendary album would feature the title track which would introduce the group’s neighborhood of Compton to the world as well as depict life and the struggle of Black and Latino People in inner-city Los Angeles. The album also contained the legendary controversial track “F Tha Police” , which caught the attention of both the F.B.I. and The U.S. Secret Service , who both sent letters of disapproval to Ruthless Records.

The group became legendary and still holds an influence on contemporary hip-hop until this day.

Eazy-E would release two more successful albums with N.W.A minus Ice Cube and Arabian Prince who both left in 1989 to pursue solo careers respectively.

Eazy-E also released 5 solo albums between 1988 and 1995 , most notably 1988’s “Eazy-Duz-It” and 1993’s “It’s On”.

N.W.A. disbanded in 1992 , with Dr. Dre joining Death Row Records as an artist and producer , M.C. Ren pursuing a solo career as well as joining The Nation Of Islam and DJ Yella becoming a director and producer in the adult film industry.

Eazy would continue to run Ruthless Records , which by now had quite a lucrative catalogue.

Eazy- E died from complications of the AIDS virus on Mar.26th 1995 at age 31. His death would be a catalyst for awareness of HIV and AIDS in the hip-hop world.

  

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Sept.9th – M.C. Shan was born Shawn Moltke in Queens , New York , on this day in 1965.

M.C Shan , who grew up in the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens , New York , released his 1st single in 1985 on MCA Records called “Feed The World”.

Soon after , Shan switched labels to Cold Chillin’ Records and joined his cousin Marley Marl’s Juice Crew All-Stars.

Shan released a few singles on Cold Chillin’ before putting out his debut album “Down By Law” in 1987. “Down By Law” contained the legendary track “The Bridge” an ode to the Queens neighborhood Shan grew up in , which would spark the musical feud with Boogie Down Productions who represented the South Bronx.

Shan would release 2 more albums on Cold Chillin’ ; 1988’s “Born To Be Wild” and 1990’s “Play It Again Shan” before turning his attention to producing. Most notably among the records Shan produced was Canadian reggae singer Snow’s smash-hit “Informer”.

M.C. Shan remade “The Bridge” on Nas’s 2000 compilation “QB’s Finest” , renaming it “Da Bridge 2001”.

  

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Kane born the day after Shan, funny how that works sometimes

Sept.10th – Big Daddy Kane was born Antonio Monterio Hardy in Brooklyn , New York on this day in 1968.

Kane signed with Marley Marl’s Cold Chillin’ Records in 1987. Kane also joined Marl’s Juice Crew collective as well , which featured Biz Markie , Roxanne Shante , Kool G. Rap , Grand Daddy I.U. , TJ Swan , Masta Ace , Intelligent Hoodlum a.k.a. Tragedy Khadafi and Craig G..

Kane released his classic 1st single “Raw” the same year and his debut solo album followed in 1988 called “Long Live The Kane”. The album spawned the hits “I’ll Take You There” and the classic “Ain’t No Half Steppin’”.

Kane’s smooth lyrical style and debonair fashion sense quickly earned him the reputation as the Billy Dee Williams of rap. Kane also became one of the earliest rappers to incorporate the 5% teachings into his lyrics. His faster than average vocal delivery style also made Kane unique and started a new vocal trend that would influence future m.c.’s like Treach of Naughty By Nature and Twista.

Kane’s sophomore set “It’s A Big Daddy Thing” was released in 1989 and produced more hits like “Smooth Operator” and the Teddy Riley produced “I Get The Job Done”.

Kane also had one of the most memorable verses on the classic Juice Crew posse cut “The Symphony”.

In the early 90’s Kane would have Jay-Z join him onstage during his tour , while he changed his on-stage outfits. These would be some the earliest public performances by Jay-Z.

Kane has released 7 albums to date as well as collaborating with the likes of Patti Labelle , 2Pac , M.C. Hammer , Danny Boy , Jurassic 5 , Morcheeba , The Game and Busta Rhymes.

Kane also became the 1st rapper to pose for Playgirl when he did a pictorial for the magazine in the early 90’s. Kane also posed for Madonna’s 1992 book “Sex”.

Kane has also appeared in the films “Meteor Man” , “Just Another Day” and had a memorable role in Mario Van Peebles 1993 Black western “Posse” as Father Time”.

In 2005 , Kane was honored during the VH1-Hip-Hop Honors with T.I. , Black Thought and Common performing some his classics before Kane himself took to the stage for a performance with his long-time dancers Scoob and Scrap.

  

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>Kane born the day after Shan, funny how that works sometimes
>
>Sept.10th – Big Daddy Kane was born Antonio Monterio Hardy in
>Brooklyn , New York on this day in 1968.
>
>Kane signed with Marley Marl’s Cold Chillin’ Records in 1987.
>Kane also joined Marl’s Juice Crew collective as well , which
>featured Biz Markie , Roxanne Shante , Kool G. Rap , Grand
>Daddy I.U. , TJ Swan , Masta Ace , Intelligent Hoodlum a.k.a.
>Tragedy Khadafi and Craig G..
>
>Kane released his classic 1st single “Raw” the same year and
>his debut solo album followed in 1988 called “Long Live The
>Kane”. The album spawned the hits “I’ll Take You There” and
>the classic “Ain’t No Half Steppin’”.
>
>Kane’s smooth lyrical style and debonair fashion sense quickly
>earned him the reputation as the Billy Dee Williams of rap.
>Kane also became one of the earliest rappers to incorporate
>the 5% teachings into his lyrics. His faster than average
>vocal delivery style also made Kane unique and started a new
>vocal trend that would influence future m.c.’s like Treach of
>Naughty By Nature and Twista.
>
>Kane’s sophomore set “It’s A Big Daddy Thing” was released in
>1989 and produced more hits like “Smooth Operator” and the
>Teddy Riley produced “I Get The Job Done”.
>
>Kane also had one of the most memorable verses on the classic
>Juice Crew posse cut “The Symphony”.
>
>In the early 90’s Kane would have Jay-Z join him onstage
>during his tour , while he changed his on-stage outfits. These
>would be some the earliest public performances by Jay-Z.
>
>Kane has released 7 albums to date as well as collaborating
>with the likes of Patti Labelle , 2Pac , M.C. Hammer , Danny
>Boy , Jurassic 5 , Morcheeba , The Game and Busta Rhymes.
>
>Kane also became the 1st rapper to pose for Playgirl when he
>did a pictorial for the magazine in the early 90’s. Kane also
>posed for Madonna’s 1992 book “Sex”.
>
>Kane has also appeared in the films “Meteor Man” , “Just
>Another Day” and had a memorable role in Mario Van Peebles
>1993 Black western “Posse” as Father Time”.
>
>In 2005 , Kane was honored during the VH1-Hip-Hop Honors with
>T.I. , Black Thought and Common performing some his classics
>before Kane himself took to the stage for a performance with
>his long-time dancers Scoob and Scrap.


http://uniqueheat.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/birthday-profile-big-daddy-kane-a-history-in-brief/

  

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Sept.11th – Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign , Illinois , on this day in 1977.

After studying music management at Georgia State University , Ludacris got a job as a radio-host on Atlanta’s Hot 97.5 fm as Chris Lova Lova.

Ludacris made his recording debut in 1998 , on producer Timbaland’s debut solo album “Tim’s Bio”: Life From Da Basement on the track “Phat Rabbit”.

Ludacris released his debut solo album on his own independent Disturbing Tha Peace label called “Incognegro” the same year.

Ludacris would explode onto the music scene however , when his album was re-released 2 years later minus 3 tracks when Disturbing Tha Peace was picked up by Def Jam and the album was re-titled “Back For The First Time”. The album produced 2 smash-hit singles ; “What’s Your Fantasy?”(Featuring Shawna) and “Southern Hospitality”(Featuring Pharell).

The following year Ludacris released a follow-up album “Word Of Mouf” , which produced the hit-singles “Rollout”(My Business) , “Saturday”(Oooh , Oooh)(Featuring Sleepy Brown) and “Area Codes”(Featuring Nate Dogg).

Meanwhile his special-effects fueled, comical videos became a favorite of fans on video clip outlets like MTV and BET.

In 2003 , Ludacris hit big again with the smash “Act A Fool” from the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures film “2 Fast , 2 Furious” , released the same year.

Ludacris also released his next album that same year as well called “Chicken-N-Beer” which contained the huge hit “Stand Up” which was produced by Kanye West.

Ludacris has released 4 albums since then , most notably 2004’s “The Red Light District” which produced the no.1 hit “Runaway Love”(Featuring Mary J. Blige).

Ludacris is also an accomplished actor , appearing in several films like “Hustle & Flow” , “Max Payne” , “No Strings Attached” , “The Wash” and the Oscar-winning “Crash”.

  

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good one, didn't the Coup's Party Music with the World Trade towers exploding drop that day too?

  

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Today in hip hop and rap history, 15 years ago one of the greatest soldiers we had in hip hop, second generation revolutionary 2pac Skakur died at the young age of 25.........
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Sept.14th – Nas was born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones in Queens , New York , on this day in 1973.

Nas , the son of jazz musician Olu Dara , first used the stage name Kid Wave as a teen.

Nas was first introduced to the rap industry when he appeared on Main Source’s “Live At The Barbeque” in 1991 as Nasty Nas.

Nas would then be managed by MC Serch of 3rd Bass , who then in turn put Nas on the soundtrack to the 1992 Triumph Releasing Corporation film “Zebrahead” , of which Serch was executive producer of. The result was Nas’ 1st solo single “Halftime” , produced by Large Professor.

Nas’ complex wordy rhyme style immediately had heads referring to him as the new Rakim.

Nas , however would enter hip-hop’s history books with the release of his classic debut album “Illmatic” on Columbia Records in 1994. “Illmatic” featured production by Pete Rock , Q-Tip , L.E.S. , DJ Premier and once again Large Professor. “Illmatic” contained the classic singles “The World Is Yours” , “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” , “One Love” , “Life’s a B.” and the album cut “New York State Of Mind”. The album was hailed as an instant classic as well as being an important collection of music that contributed to the New York hip-hop renaissance of the mid-90’s.

Critics and fans alike until this day consider “Illmatic” one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever.

By 1995 , Nas was considered one of the greatest rappers in the industry with guest appearances on now classic albums by Raekwon , Mobb Deep and Kool G. Rap.

In 1996 , Nas switched managers , hiring Steve Stoute to guide his career. Nas released his chart-topping sophomore set “It was Written”. The album was mostly produced by the then red-hot production team of The Trackmasters and featured the smash-hit “If I Ruled The World”(Imagine That)(Featuring Lauryn Hill).

In 1997 , Nas put together the super-group The Firm with AZ , Foxy Brown and Cormega , who was later replaced by Nature. The Firm released their only album entitled “The Album” on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label.

Nas has released 7 solo albums since then ; 1999’s “I Am…” , which featured the hits “Nas Is Like” and “Hate Me Now” , 2001’s “Stillmatic” which contained the tracks “Got Ur Self A…” , “One Mic” and the Jay-Z battle track “Ether” , 2002’s “God’s Son” , which featured the unforgettable “Made You Look” , 2006’s “Hip-Hop Is Dead” , with its controversial title track and 2008’s no.1 album “Untitled”.

Nas also released the collaboration album “Distant Relatives” with Bob Marley’s son Damian Marley in 2010.

Nas as well produced the 2000 compilation “QB’s Finest”, which featured artists from the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens , New York where Nas was raised , like Marley Marl , M.C. Shan , Roxanne Shante , Mobb Deep and Cormega with whom Nas had reconciled with , just to name a few.

Nas has also appeared in the films “John Q.” , “Ticker” , “Uptown Girls” and had a starring role in the 1998 Hype Williams directed cult film “Belly”. Nas is regarded as one of the most gifted lyricist ever.

  

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Sept.15th – Public Enemy release their 5th album “Greatest Misses” on Def Jam Records , on this day in 1992.

Def Jam Records had wanted to do a greatest hits compilation , which Chuck D thought that after only 5 years in the recording industry was premature. So instead “Greatest Misses” became a collection of new songs, unreleased material and remixes of previous hits and album tracks courtesy of Chuck Chill-Out , Sir Jinx , Damon “Dollars” Kelly , Jeff Trotter , Greg Beasley , Shy Skillz and the late great Jam-Master Jay.

“Greatsest Misses” also featured a live U.K. television performance of Pete Rock’s remix to “Shut Em Down” as well as new tracks like the hit single ; “Hazy Shade Of Criminal” as well as “Gotta Do What I Gotta Do” , “Gett Off My Back” , also featured in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film “Mo’ Money” and “Air Hoodlum”.

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>Sept.15th – Public Enemy release their 5th album “Greatest
>Misses” on Def Jam Records , on this day in 1992.
>
>Def Jam Records had wanted to do a greatest hits compilation ,
>which Chuck D thought that after only 5 years in the recording
>industry was premature. So instead “Greatest Misses” became a
>collection of new songs, unreleased material and remixes of
>previous hits and album tracks courtesy of Chuck Chill-Out ,
>Sir Jinx , Damon “Dollars” Kelly , Jeff Trotter , Greg Beasley
>, Shy Skillz and the late great Jam-Master Jay.
>
>“Greatsest Misses” also featured a live U.K. television
>performance of Pete Rock’s remix to “Shut Em Down” as well as
>new tracks like the hit single ; “Hazy Shade Of Criminal” as
>well as “Gotta Do What I Gotta Do” , “Gett Off My Back” , also
>featured in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film “Mo’ Money” and
>“Air Hoodlum”.
>
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qiAFTkKLv0&feature=player_embedded

Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature celebrated another born day on this day as well

  

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September 16th – T La Rock was born Clarence Ronnie Keaton in Manhattan , New York , on this day in 1961.

Rock , the older brother of m.c Special K. of the legendary Treacherous Three began deejaying and rapping in the early 70’s during the earliest days of hip-hop.

Rock’s place in hip-hop was guaranteed , when in 1984 his hit single “It’s Yours” became the 1st release for Def Jam Recordings in a joint release venture with Partytime/Streetwise Records.

Rock’s articulate and complex lyrical style would have an influence on future legendary m.c.’s like LL Cool J and Nas.

Rock released his debut album “Lyrical King”(From The Boogie Down Bronx) in 1987 on Fresh Records.

Rock’s next album would be his last to date when he released “On A Warpath” in 1989.

Rock would suffer a traumatic brain injury while attempting to break up a fight in front of his brother’s apartment building in The Bronx in 1994. After having spent several years recovering , Rock began performing again in 2008 and is currently working on a new album.

  

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>September 16th – T La Rock was born Clarence Ronnie Keaton in
>Manhattan , New York , on this day in 1961.
>
>Rock , the older brother of m.c Special K. of the legendary
>Treacherous Three began deejaying and rapping in the early
>70’s during the earliest days of hip-hop.
>
>Rock’s place in hip-hop was guaranteed , when in 1984 his hit
>single “It’s Yours” became the 1st release for Def Jam
>Recordings in a joint release venture with
>Partytime/Streetwise Records.
>
>Rock’s articulate and complex lyrical style would have an
>influence on future legendary m.c.’s like LL Cool J and Nas.
>
>Rock released his debut album “Lyrical King”(From The Boogie
>Down Bronx) in 1987 on Fresh Records.
>
>Rock’s next album would be his last to date when he released
>“On A Warpath” in 1989.
>
>Rock would suffer a traumatic brain injury while attempting to
>break up a fight in front of his brother’s apartment building
>in The Bronx in 1994. After having spent several years
>recovering , Rock began performing again in 2008 and is
>currently working on a new album.

Frukwan of Stetsasonic/Gravediggaz fame celebrated another born day on this day as well

  

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Sept.17th - M.C. Lyte released her classic debut album “Lyte As A Rock” on First Priority Records on this day in day in 1988. The album featured such Lyte classics like “Paper Thin” , “10 % Dis” and “I Cram To Understand U”.

  

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>Sept.17th - M.C. Lyte released her classic debut album “Lyte
>As A Rock” on First Priority Records on this day in day in
>1988. The album featured such Lyte classics like “Paper Thin”
>, “10 % Dis” and “I Cram To Understand U”.

Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian celebrates another born day today as well

  

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Sept.18th - Xzibit was born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV in Detroit , Michigan , on this day in 1974.

After relocating to Los Angeles as a teen , Xzibit finally made his debut on wax with west-coast rap legends Tha Alkoholics , guesting on the track “Hit And Run” from their 1995 album “Coast II Coast”. Shortly after , Xzibit appeared on the track “Free Style Ghetto” off of King Tee’s album “IV Life”.

During this time , Xzibit signed with Loud Records and released his critically-acclaimed debut album “At The Speed Of Life” , which featured the classic hit-singles “Paparazzi” and “The Foundation”.

After continuing to build his reputation touring alongside The Likwit Crew , Xzibit released his classic sophomore joint “40 Dayz & 40 Nightz” in 1998. The album spawned several hits including ; “What U See Is What U Get”.

By now Xzibit had caught the eye of legendary producer Dr. Dre who paired him with Snoop Dogg on the hit-single “B- Please” from the latter’s 1999 album “No Limit Top Dogg”. Xzibit would next appear on Dr. Dre’s multi-platinum “The Chronic 2001” , released the same year. Xzibit appeared on several tracks on the album including “What’s The Difference” , a smash-hit with Eminem.

Xzibit would release 4 more albums to date , most notably 2000’s hugely successful “Restless”. ”Restless” , considered a west-coast rap classic , featured production by Dr. Dre , DJ Quik , Erick Sermon , Sir Jinx , Eminem , Rockwilder , Soopafly , Rick Rock , Battlecat and Mel-Man. The album featured several hits-singles including ; “X”.

However in 2004 , Xzibit would achieve his biggest fame with the hugely popular MTV show “Pimp My Ride” , which ran for 5 seasons. Xzibit hosted the automobile restoration program which saw young car owners have their less than stellar vehicles souped up and repaired beyond recognition by West Coast Customs and later Galpin Auto Sports. The show was extremely popular and afforded Xzibit international fame and popularity.

Xzibit however was no stranger to the camera. He made his celluloid debut in 1999 in the film “The Breaks”. Xzibit would go on to co-star in several films like “The Wash” , “Derailed” , “Full Clip , “xXx”: State Of The Union and the Eminem biopic “8 Mile” , just to name a few.

Xzibit has also appeared on several televsison programs including “C.S.I. :Miami , “Extreme Makeover” : Home Edition and “The Boondocks”.

Xzibit also had a guest slot on the legendary 2000 “Up In Smoke Tour” as an opening act for Dr. Dre , Snoop Dogg , Eminem , Ice Cube , W.C. , Kurupt , Warren G. and the late Nate Dogg.

  

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Sept.19th – Jedi Mind Tricks released their 5th album “Servants In Heaven , Kings In Hell” on Babygrande Records , on this day in 2006.

The album would be their biggest-selling album to date and would include appearances by R.A. The Rugged Man , Sean Price , Block McCloud , Ill Bill of La Coka Nostra , Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Chief Kamachi and Reef The Lost Cauze of Army Of Pharaohs.

The album also contained the hit single “Heavy Metal Kings”.

  

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Sept.20th – Cowboy of The Furious Five was born Robert Keith Wiggins in The Bronx , New York , on this day in 1960. Cowboy has been credited with creating the term hip-hop while teasing a friend who had just joined the service , about the marching cadence of soldiers. Henceforth the ..hip…hop hip…hop….hip….hop…

  

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Sept.21st – U-Roy was born Ewart Beckford in Jones Town , Jamaica , on this day in 1942.

U-Roy’s distinctive toasting , rapping style over Jamaica’s new music style of the time in the early 1960’s called “Dub” , made him one of the forerunners of rapping and m.c.ing.

U-Roy worked with some of the biggest sound systems of his day in Jamaica like those of Sir Coxone Dodd , Duke Reid and King Tubby.

U-Roy’s 1st single ever released was 1969’s “Earth’s Rightful Ruler” , a duet with Peter Tosh.

U-Roy would release a slew of albums throughout the 70’s and 80’s , most notably 1975’s “Dread In A Babylon” , which featured one of his biggest hits “Runaway Girl”.

U-Roy’s latest album was 2000’s “Serious Matter”.

U-Roy , also known as “The Originator” was awarded Jamaica’s Order Of Distinction in rank as an Officer on Oct.15th 2007.

  

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Sept.22nd – 2 Live Crew release their 6th album “Live In Concert” on Effect Records , on this day in 1990. It would be 2 Live Crew’s only live album ever.

  

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Sept.24th – A Tribe Called Quest release their sophomore album “The Low End Theory” on Jive Records , on this day in 1991.

The album considered one of hip-hop’s finest ever is also considered one of the fore-runners of the hip-hop/jazz fusion movement although most of the samples used are from 1970’s funk records. Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter however does appear on the album , setting a be-bop tone.

The album spawns some of hip-hop’s classic cuts like “Jazz”(We’ve Got) , Check The Rime” and the ultimate posse track “Scenario” featuring Leaders Of The New School.

  

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Sept.25th – T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. in Riverdale , Georgia on this day in 1980.

T.I. was nick-named Tip after his paternal great-grandfather. When he was signed to LaFace Records in 2001 , he changed it to T.I. out of respect for label-mate Q-Tip , formerly of A Tribe Called Quest.

T.I. released his debut album “I’m Serious” , that same year , which contained the single title-track , which featured reggae singer Beenie Man. “I’m Serious” also featured guest appearances by Pharell Williams , Jazze Pha , Too $hort , Bonecrusher and Lil’ Jon.

After a falling out with LaFace , T.I. formed his own record label Grand Hustle Records , whose roster would eventually include , B.o.B , Killer Mike , 8Ball & MJG , Big Kuntry King and Young Dro just to name a few.

In 2003 , T.I. appeared on Bonecrusher’s smash-hit “Never Scared”. Soon after , T.I. inked a distribution deal with Atlantic Records for Grand Hustle and released his successful sophomore set “Tap Muzik”. The hit album featured production work from Kanye West , David Banner , Jazze Pha , Madvac and DJ Toomp. “Trap Muzik” also featured the hits ; “24’s” , “Big Easy” , “Rubberband Man” and “Let’s Get Away”.

In 2004 , T.I. appeared with Lil’ Wayne on the Destiny’s Child hit “Soldier”. In 2006 , T.I. won several Billboard and BET Music Awards , including Best Male Rap Artist at both ceremonies.

T.I. has released 7 albums to date. Most notably ; 2004’s platinum-selling “Urban Legend” , which featured the hit “Bring ‘Em Out” , 2006’s platinum-selling “King” , which contained the Grammy Award winning-hit “What You Know” and 2008’s chart-topper “Paper Trail” ,which featured his biggest hit-single “Whatever You Like” as well as Live Your Life” , featuring Rihanna , “Dead And Gone” , featuring Justin Timberlake and “Swagger Like Us” featuring Jay-Z , Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West.

T.I. also formed Grand Hustle Films which is currently in production for a reality series. T.I also starred in the film “ATL” , which was produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions. T.I. has also appeared in “American Gangster” and “Takers”.

T.I. also has been involved in several humanitarian initiatives like Hurricane Katrina efforts , working with youths at The Paulding Detention Center in Atlanta , providing scholarships for single parent homes at The Boys And Girls Club Of America , and bicycle giveaways for under-privileged youths in Atlanta.

T.I also owns one of Atlanta’s most popular night-clubs called “Club Crucial”.

In 2010, T.I. rescued a man attempting suicide , who was attemting to jump from an office building in Atlanta.

T.I. is also married to Tameka “Tiny” Cottle of r’n’b’ group Xscape.

  

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Today in 1968 - Willard Christopher "Will" Smith is born in Philadelphia, PA. He will become a rapper at the age of 12 and will be known for his hits Nightmare on My Street, Parents Just Don't Understand and Summertime. In 1990 he will start his acting career with a six-year run as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He will go on to become a major motion picture box office attraction, starring in Independence Day, Men In Black 1 and 2, Bad Boys 1 and 2, Ali (Oscar Nomination), I Robot, Hancock, Pursuit of Happyness (Oscar Nomination), Enemy of the State, 7 Pounds and I Am Legend just to name a few.

  

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Sept.28th – After disbanding Boogie Down Productions , KRS-One releases his debut solo album “Return Of The Boom Bap” on Jive Records , on this day in 1993.The album features production by DJ Premier , Kid Capri , Showbiz and KRS one himself. The set also contained the hits “Outta Here” and “Sound Of Da Police”.

  

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Sept.29th – Kurtis Blow releases his Self-Entitled debut album on Mercury Records , on this day in 1980.

The album contained one of hip-hop’s 1st smash its “The Breaks” which has been sampled by dozens of rap artists over the years.

When Blow was signed to Mercury Records the year before , he became the 1st hip-hop artist to be signed to a major label.

  

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Sept.30th – Legendary producer, d.j. and radio host Marley Marl was born Marlon Williams in Queens , New York , on this day in 1962.

Marl was first introduced to the hip-hop world in 1983 co-hosting “The Rap Attack” on New York’s WBLS 107.5 fm , alongside the late Mr. Magic. Marl would later host other radio shows on Hot 97 and Power 105.1 , also both in New York City respectively. One of those radio programs was called “Private Radio” which he co-hosted with Pete Rock and K-Def.

Marl , however would achieve his biggest fame as one of the most influential hip-hop producers of all time. Marl began his career in music production in the early 80’s as an in house producer at one of the earliest independent New York hip-hop labels called Tuff City.

The first record Marl would produce would be “Sucker D.J.’s” by his then girlfriend Crystal Smith , who used the stage name ; Dimples D. Marl’s next big record would be “Roxanne’s Revenge” by Roxanna Shante , an answer record to U.T.F.O’s classic smash-hit “Roxanne , Roxanne” , thus sparking the famous “Roxanne wars” , which produced several answer records by various artists.

During this time Marl also put out records of his own under the moniker NYC Cutter. Soon after , Marl founded Cold Chillin’ Records , which for the next few years released classic singles and albums by Big Daddy Kane , Biz Markie , Masta Ace , Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo , Craig G. , Roxanne Shante and his cousin M.C. Shan , whose classic cult hit “The Bridge” , sparked the famous musical war with the South Bronx’s Boogie Down Productions crew.

These artists made up The Juice Crew and released the classic 1988 posse single “The Symphony” , which Marley of course produced. Around this time , Marl would also assist in the recording of Eric B. And Rakim’s debut album “Paid In Full” , which was recorded at Marl’s home studio.

Marl is also credited with being the first hip-hop artist to utilize digital sampling when he lifted “Impeach The President” by The Honey Drippers for M.C. Shan’s “The Bridge”. This would forever change the way hip-hop beats were made and the way records were produced. Marl was also one of the first producers to comb through James Brown’s entire music catalogue in search of break-beats that would now fuel most rap hits.

Legal matters over ownership of Cold Chillin’s catalogue with the distributor caused Marl to move away from the label in the 90’s but his demand as a hit-making producer grew. Marl would go on the produce hit albums for artists outside of Cold Chillin’ , like LL Cool J , TLC , Lords Of The Underground and King Tee.

The legal battle for Cold Chillin’s catalogue would be eventually resolved in the courts , with Marl retaining ownership of all material ever recorded for the label.

Later on Marl would produce records by Capone-N-Noreaga , Da Youngstas , Fat Joe and a solo Rakim.

Marl has released 4 albums of his own as well as collaboration albums with KRS-One and Craig G. from 1988 to 2010. In addition Marl has also contributed to several compilation collections.

Marl is considered one of the most important producers and figures in hip-hop history.

  

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October 1st – Busta Rhymes released the hit single “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” on Flipmode Records , on this day in 1997.

The hit single was from Busta Ryhymes’ platinum-selling sophomore album “When Disaster Strikes…” The song brilliantly samples “Sweet Green Fields” by Seals And Croft.

  

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1991...........one of the last great years before the counterinsurgency in hip hop took over with Dr. Dre's Chronic and we started embracing black death and disrespect.

October 3rd- Public Enemy released their platinum-selling 4th album “Apocalypse ‘91” – The Enemy Strikes Black on Def Jam Records , on this day in 1991.

Classics tracks like “Shut ‘Em Down” , “Nighttrain” and a remake of “Bring The Noise” with heavy metal bad Anthrax , prompted hip-hop heads to call this set the “birth of hardcore rap”.

Album cuts like “Lost At Birth” , “Rebirth” and “Move” would bring underground hip-hop to a whole other level.

The album produced the hit single “Can’t Truss It”. Pete Rock’s remixes to singles like “Nighttrain” and “Shut ‘Em Down” also ushered in the era of “the hip-hop remix”, which would see rap singles flipped entirely from their original versions which is common place in the industry until this day.

“Apocalypse ‘91” also saw Gary “G” Wiz Rinaldo come to the forefront of The Bomb Squad production sound in regards to P.E. records , bringing in a heavy drum influence as well as meshing it with melodic horn lines while all the while keeping P.E.’s explosive sound.

  

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Oct 5th – SLIMKID3 of Pharcyde was born Trevant Jermaine Hardson in Los Angeles , California , on this day in 1970.

After recording 3 successful and critically-acclaimed albums with the innovative L.A. based Pharcyde , SLIMKID3 went solo and would occasionally used the stage name Tre Hardson in reference to his birth name.

Shortly after SLIMKID3 put together the live band Faqawi with whom he toured. Faqawi blended early school hip-hop with classic soul and r’n’b.

In 2000 SLIMKID3 released the album “The Legend OF Phoenix” , a name he briefly performed under. In 2002 he released the album “Liberation” on his own Flying Baboon Records which was followed up by 2006’s “SLIMKID3’s Café”. SLIMKID3 also produced actor Brian Austin Green’s debut album “One Stop Carnival” in 1996. SLIMKID3 has also collaborated with KRS-One , 311 and Korn.

  

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Oct 6th – Common Sense releases his debut album “Can I Borrow A Dollar?” on Relativity Records , on this day in 1992.

The Chi-Town rapper who would later drop the Sense from his name produced 3 hit singles off his 1st album ; “Take It EZ” , “Breaker 1/9” and “Soul By The Pound”.

  

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would of been nice if that Soul By the Pound video version was on there

  

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I defn need to check it out some time.
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>I defn need to check it out some time.
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>>Trouble/Don Cannon -Green Light
>>Evidence - Cats & Dogs
>>Phonte - Charity Starts At Home

very fun album for the b boys. Some of the styles and lyrics may feel outdated and corny but you can still respect it knowing the time it came out

  

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Oct 7th – DJ Q-Bert was born Richard Quitevis in San Francisco , California , on this day in 1969.

Q-Bert began his career in 1989 with Mix Master Mike and DJ Apollo in a group called Shadow Of The Prophet , later changing their name to FM20.

In 1992 FM20 were invited by legendary b-boy Crazy Legs to join his famed Rock Steady Crew and tour with them as The Rock Steady DJ’s , which garnered the group much attention.

The same year the group took 1st prize at The Disco Mix Club World Championships in the group category.It would be the 1st of several DMC titles Q-Bert would take as part of a group or as a solo d.j..

Q-Bert would later form the Invisibl Skratch Piklz which would consist of Mike and Apollo as well as Dj Disk , Shortkut , DJ Flare , Yogafrog , D-Styles and future Kanye West D.j. A-Trak. The Invisbl Skratch Piklz presented themselves as a band and performed as such with each dj providing different instrumental parts of songs with their turn-table work.

Q-Bert has released2 solo albums ; 1994’s “Demilition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik” and 1998’s “Wave Tistas” which became an animated feature in 2001.

Q-Bert has worked with Vestax to develop an all scratching instrument in one with both the turntable and cross-fader mixer in the same component. Ortofon has also put out the “Q-Bert turn-table cartridge.

In 2009 , Q-Bert launched the online “Q-Bert Skracth University”. Q-Bert has also been credited with inventing the world’s famous “crab scratch”.

  

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Oct.8th – C.L. Smooth was born Corey Brent Penn in New Rochelle , New York , on this day in 1968.

C.L. Smooth quietly entered the hip-hop scene in 1991 along with producer , d,j, and fellow m.c. Pete Rock when the 2 formed a duo and released their under-rated debut e.p. “All Souled Out”on Elektra Records.

But the silence wouldn’t last for long when the Dynamic Duo released their classic debut full-length album “Mecca And The Soul Brother” the following year. The album fueled by Rock’s horn laden production and Smooth’s clear articulate delivery became an instant fan favorite. “Mecca And The Soul Brother” also contained the duo’s biggest hit ever , the classic “They Reminisce Over You”(T.R.O.Y.) , an ode to the late Heavy D. And The Boyz dancer Trouble “T”-Roy , who had died in a freak accident a year prior.

In 1993 , Smooth along with Rock produced and appeared on Run-DMC’s big comeback single “Down With The King”.

Smooth recorded one more album with Rock called “The Main Ingredient” , released in 1994 before the 2 went their separate ways.

In 2004 , the 2 reunited and recorded several tracks together but released no album.

In 2006 , Smooth released his debut solo album “American Me” and followed that up with 2007’s “The Outsider”.

In 2010 , Smooth and Rock again reunited and headlined the “Clean Energy Tour” , which went through California and whose focus was voter mobilization.

Over the years , Smooth has collaborated with the likes of DJ Kush , Public Enemy and J.R. Writer to name just a few.

  

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Oct.9th – The Beastie Boys perform at a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden on this day in 2004 in New York City.

The group hands out several cameras to audience members who in turn shoot the performance from their very own angle , view and perspective.

The footage is used and is released in the 2006 THINKFilm concert motion picture release “Awesome; I…Shot That”. Doug E. Fresh and DMC make a cameo appearance in the film.

  

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Oct.11th – M.C. Lyte was born Lana Michelle Moorer in Brooklyn , New York , on this day in 1971.

Lyte was signed to First Priority Records in 1987 and released her classic debut album “Lyte As A Rock” the following year , becoming the 1st solo female rapper to do so. The classic album featured such hip-hop classics such as “10% Dis” , “I Cram To Understand U”(Sam) , one of the first rap songs about crack addiction , and the hit single “Paper Thin”. Her brothers Milk Dee and Gizmo , who made up the duo Audio Two also appeared on the album as well.

Lyte released her sophomore set “Eyes On This” in 1989. The album produced 2 more Lyte classics ; “Cha Cha Cha” and “Cappucino”.

Lyte has released 5 albums since then , most notably 1991’s “Act Like You Know” which contained the classic “Poor Georgie”,

1993’s “Ain’t No Other” which featured the hit single “Ruffneck” and 1996’s “Bad As I Wanna B” , which featured the smash-hits “Cold Rock A Party”(Featuring Missy Elliott) and “Keep On Keepin’ On” produced by Jermaine Dupri and featuring Xscape.

Throughout her career Lyte has collaborated with a slew of artist like Janet Jackson , Brandy , The Roots as well as appearing on the posse track “Sticka” featuring Ice-T , Ice Cube and Yours Truly off of Terminator X.’s 1994 album “Super Bad”.

Lyte is also an accomplished actress appearing in several films such as “Plays’s Ball” , “A Luv Tale” , “Fly By Night” , “Civil Brand” and “Train Ride”.

Lyte has also done extensive television appearing on “New York Undercover” , “In The House” , “Half & Half” , “The District” and “Moesha” to name a few.

In 2006 Lyte was honored at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors annual gala where fellow lady m.c.’s like Da Brat , Remy Ma and Lil’ Kim performed some of her biggest hits.

  

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Oct.12th - Salt ‘N” Pepa release their 4th album “Very Necessary” on Next Plateau Records on this day in 1993.

It would be their biggest selling album ever, selling 7 million copies world-wide. It would also contain some of their biggest hit singles like “Shoop” and “Whatta Man”(feat. En Vogue) , which peaked at no.3 on the pop charts.

  

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Oct.15th - Digital Underground released their 3rd album “Sons Of The P” on Tommy Boy Records , on this day in 1991.

The title track was co-produced by George Clinton and featured the P-Funk legend on the track as well.

The under-rated album was one of the most innovative musically in hip-hop history also produced 2 hit singles “No Nose Job” and “Kiss You Back”.

  

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>The under-rated album was one of the most innovative musically
>in hip-hop history also produced 2 hit singles “No Nose Job”
>and “Kiss You Back”.


AGREED!!!

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Oct.19th - Handsome Boy Modeling School also release their debut album “So…How’s Your Girl” on Tommy Boy Records also on this date in 1999.

The fictional duo made up of Prince Paul and Dan the Automator had an eclectic list of guests on their album including Del Tha Funkee Homosapien , Sean Lennon and Mike D. of The Beastie Boys.

  

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Krush Groove” wass released in U.S. theaters on this day in 1985. The Warner Bros. film directed and produced by Michael Schultz was a semi-autobiographical account about the life of rap mogul Russell Simmons with Blair Underwood playing the Def Jam Records , Phat Farm clothing line and Rush Management founder.

The film also starred Sheila E as well as rap legends like Run-DMC , Fat Boys , Kurtis Blow , Beastie Boys , Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde as well as a 16 year old LL Cool J.

  

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Oct.26th – Buckshot of Black Moon releases his debut solo album “The BDI Thug” on Duck Down Records on this day in 1999,Producers on the Boot Camp Clik founder’s set include Boogie Brown , Lord Jamar , DJ Akshun , Master Beats , Just Blaze , Chris Ward and Baby Paul.

  

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Oct.27th – Jay-Z end his long-standing feud with Nas at Power 105’s Power House Concert in New Jersey on this day in 2005 , when he invites his one time Queensbridge rival onstage to join him for a performance of “Dead Presidents” , which samples Nas on the hook.

  

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Oct.28th – Nice & Smooth release their 4th and final album together as a duo “IV – Blazing Hot” on Scotti Brothers Records on this day in 1997. The album was produced by DJ Premier , Easy Mo Bee . Kid Capri and Nice & Smooth themselves. The title track is released as a single. Rappin’ Is Fundamental guest on the album.

  

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Nov.1st – Willie D. of The Geto Boys was born
Williams James Dennis in Houston , Texas , on this
day in 1966.

After becoming a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion for
the State Of Texas in 1985 at age 17 , Willie D.
decided to forego a potentially lucrative career
in the squared circle to devote his life to hip-
hop.

Willie D. joined The Geto Boys in 1989 in a
revamped line-up of the now legendary group. The
previous crew included Sire Jukebox , Prince
Johnny and Bushwick Bill. The new Geto boys now
included Willie D. , Akshen(Who would later change
his name to Scarface) and Bushwick Bill.

The new line-up released the group`s sophomore
album “Grip It ! On That Other Level” on Rap-A-Lot
Records. The album received 5 mics in The Source
Magazine and put Houston , Texas on the hip-hop
map.

Willie D. would go on to record 6 more albums with
The Geto Boys , most notably 1990’s Self Entitled
set which featured the cult classic “Mind Of A
Lunatic” and 1991’a “We Can’t Be Stopped” which
featured the classic hit “Mind Playin’ Tricks On
Me”.

Willie D. would also release 6 solo albums as well
from 1989 to 2003 , most notably his debut solo
album “Controvery”.

In recent years , Willie D. has collaborated with
Young Buck , Trae , Bun B. and Rick Ross/

Willie D. is also a favourite on the lecture
circuit in Universities, high schools and youth
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Nov.9th - Wu-Tang Clan release their debut album “Enter The Wu-Tang” – 36 Chambers on Loud Records , on this day in 1993.

The raw grungy sound of the Staten Island 9 member crew was steeped in martial arts , 5% philosophy and street tales.

Wu-Tang would have one of the strongest influences in hip-hop in the mid to late 90’s.

The classic debut set featured bona-fide classics like ”C.R.E.A.M.” , “Protect Ya Neck” , “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Mess Wit” , “Can It All Be So Simple” and “Method Man”.

Oh yeah, Midnight Mauraders dropped this day as well

  

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Nov.25th – Erick Sermon was born in Bay Shore , New York , on this day in 1968.

Sermon who was also known as E-Double , EMD , Erick Onasis and The Green Eyed Bandit because of his eye color , first hit the hip-hop scene as one half of EPMD along with partner in rhyme Parrish Smith.

EPMD was an acronym “Erick and Parrish Makin’ Dollars”.

EPMD released their debut album called “Strictly Business” on Fresh Records in 1988 which spawned the hits “You Gots Ta Chill” , “I’m Housin’” and the title track.

Sermon would go on to release 6 more albums as one half on EPMD ; 1989’s “Unfinished Business” , 1990’s “Business As Usual” , 1992’s “Business Never Personal” , 1997’s “Back In Business” , 1999’s “Out Of Busniess” and 2008’s “We Mean Business”.

EPMD is reportedly working on a new album to be released in 2012 to be called “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.

During EPMD’s heyday they put together a clique consisting of the artists they produced like Redman , K-Solo , Das EFX , Hurricane G. and Knucklehedz.

The duo split in 1993 but reunited for good in 1997.

Sermon has released 6 solo albums starting with 1993’s “No Pressure” with 2004’s “Chill Town , New York” being the latest.

In 1996 , Sermon released “Insomnia” – The Erick Sermon Compilation which featured artists he produced like Keith Murray , Redman , Passion and Tommy Gun to name a few.

Along with Murray and Redman , Sermon formed The Def Squad and released an album in 1998 on Def Jam Records called “El Nino”. The Def Squad also had a hit during this time with a remake of The Sugar Hill Gang’s classic “Rapper’s Delight”.

The high point of Sermon’s solo career however would be the hit single “Music” from the soundtrack to the 2001 MGM film “What’s The Worst That Could Happen” as well as from his own album of the same name. The classic hit single sampled a never before heard Marvin Gaye acapella track from 1983.

Sermon also briefly appeared in the 1992 film “Juice” starring 2Pac Shakur.

  

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Nov.27th – Journalist , hip-hop activist and “media assassin” Harry Allen was born in Brooklyn , New York , on this day in 1964.

Allen , who later grew up in Freeport , Long Island , New York met Yours Truly Chuck D. when we both took an animation class at Aldelphi University in Hempstead , Long Island in 1982.

Allen would then congregate with myself , Flavor Flav , Terminator X. future Def Jam executive Bill Stephney , Andre “Doctor Dre” Brown(who along with Ed Lover would later host “Yo! MTV Raps) and my Spectrum City co-founders Hank and Keith Shocklee(who along with Eric “Veitnam” Sadler) would also form the future Public Enemy production team known as The Bomb Squad , at Adelphi’s radio station WBAU 90.3fm. These musical and political ciphers would shape some of the early musical and ideological philosophies of P.E..

In the early 80’s Allen would also become a photographer , capturing some of hip-hop’s early scenes during this time on film.

Allen later became a journalist with his 1st published piece being on the political ideology of Public Enemy.

Allen would be now known as a ‘hip-hop activist” and “media assassin”. Allen later became Public Enemy’s publicist and director of Enemy relations.

Allen would eventually go on to write pieces for The Village Voice , Essence , Spin , and Vibe Magazine.

Harry Allen has appeared on P.E. tracks such as “Don’t Believe The Hype” from 1988’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” , “More News At 11” from 1991’s “Apocalypse ‘91” – The Enemy Strikes Black” and “Harry Allen’s Interactive Super Highway Phone Call To Chuck D.” from 1994’s “Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age”. Harry Allen also appeared with me in the music video for “Buck Whylin’” from Terminator X.’s 1991 solo debut album “Terminator X. And The Valley Of The Jeep Beets”.

In the 1990’s , Allen set up one of hip-hop’s earliest online presence with the web-zine “Rap Dot Com”.

He also co-founded The Rhythm Cultural Institute with KRS-One and others , which moderates and hosts seminars and researches the methodology necessary to create a fitting Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame.

In 2007 , an exhibition of Allen’s photography entitled “Part Of The Permanent Record : Photos From The Previous Century” opened at The Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in Manhattan , a gallery that specializes in hip-hop-related art , founded and owned by former Def Jam Director Of Media Relations Bill Adler.

Allen currently resides in Harlem , New York and hosts a friday afternoon radio show on WBAI-NY 99.5fm called “Nonfiction”.

Allen has been one of the most important writers and journalists in the history of hip-hop.

  

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Nov.28th – Rawkus Records released the compilation Lyricist Lounge 2 , on this day in 2000.

This was the 2nd installment in Rawkus’ popular compilation series.

The album featured tracks by Erick Sermon , Beanie Sigel , Q-Tip , Mos Def , Dilated Peoples , Royce The 5’9 , Redman , dead prez , Q-Tip , M.O.P. , Kool G. Rap , Saukrates , Ghostface Killah , Macy Gray and the late Big L and The Notorious B.I.G. to name a few.

Producers manning the board for the cuts on the compilation included ; Hi-Tek , the late J Dilla , Nottz , Scott Storch , The Alchemist , Rockwilder , DJ Mighty Mi , Madlib , DJ Roddy Rod , Erick Sermon and DJ Premier and the late Guru of Gang Starr.

“Lyricist Lounge 2” contained the hits “Get Up” by The Cocoa Brovaz and “Oh No” by Mos Def , Pharoahe Monch and Nate Dogg.

  

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Dec.26th – Gang Starr released “Mass Appeal” – Best Of Gang Starr on Virgin Records , on this day in 2006.

The greatest hits package would include some of Guru and DJ Premier’s classic singles like “Manifest” , “Just To Get A Rep” , “Step In The Arena” , “Skills” , “Take It Personal” and the hit title-track.

The limited deluxe edition would include a DVD with music videos for many of these tracks.

  

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Jan.1st – Grandmaster Flash was born Joseph Saddler in Bridgetown , Barbados on this day in 1958.

As a young child , Flash and his family migrated to the United States where Flash grew up in The Bronx , New York which most consider the birth place of hip-hop.

Flash attended Samuel Gompers High School, a public vocational school where he studied how to repair electronic equipment , a skill that would serve Flash well in his career as he became quite adept at repairing discarded stereo and sound system equipment from which he would build his 1st dj sets.

As a child Flash was fascinated by his father’s extensive record collection which consisted largely of jazz , rhythm and blues and calypso recordings.

Flash , the nephew of Sandy Saddler , considered by many boxing experts as the greatest featherweight boxing champion of all time , began deejaying seriously after graduating from high school.

Flash became one of the earliest d.j.’s on the New York City scene as he studied the styles of DJ Kool Herc , Pete Jones and Grandmaster Flowers.

Flash would perfect his d.j. style and mixing and would be responsible for 3 major breakthroughs in turntablism.

One would be the “Backspin Technique” or “beat juggling” which would allow Flash to manipulate two copies of the same record and be able to extend the break-beat part of a record for as long as he wished , thus being a precursor to sampling. A technique to Flash’s own admission annoyed early audiences but soon became a staple part of hip-hop that allowed m.c.’s an uninterrupted percussive passage to rhyme over and breakers a groove to display their best moves for.

The second would be “Punch Phrasing” which would allow Flash to punch in horn , guitar or vocal hits into his mix.

The 3rd would be his perfecting of the art of scratching which was invented by his young d.j. partner Grand Wizard Theodore , whose older brother also was the proprietor of the sound for hire that Flash fronted.

In the early 70’s Flash began working with early m.c.’s like Kurtis Blow and Lovebug Starski who was also a fellow dj as well best known for his work with DJ Hollywood.

In the mid-70’s Flash started his own group with Keith Wiggins a.k.a. Cowboy , Melvin Glover a.k.a. Melle Mel and his brother Nathaniel Glover a.k.a.Kidd Creole. They were known as Grandmaster Flash & The 3 M.C.’s. They were later joined by Eddie Morris a.k.a. Scorpio and Guy Todd Williams formerly of The Funky Four , better known as Raheim and became Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five.

In 1979 , they signed with Enjoy Records and released the hit “Superrappin’”

The following year they switched over to Sugar Hill Records and released a slew of singles before putting out the seminal “Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel”. The track was a 7 minute showcase of a typical Flash live set , cutting up records by Queen , Chic and The Furious Five themselves.

In 1982 , they released the classic single “The Message”, a song that depicted inner-city life in a manner never heard before on record. The group would release their debut album of the same name shortly thereafter. During this time , Flash also appeared in hip-hop’s first film “Wild Style” as himself.

After disagreements within the group , two camps formed. One was Flash , Kidd Creole and Raheim who decided to leave Sugar Hill for Elektra Records and the other was Melle Mel who along with Scorpio and Cowboy decided to stay at the label and add 3 new members and continued to record as Grandmaster Melle Mel And The Furious Five.

After the release of the compilation “Greatest Messages” which featured all of the group’s biggest hits at Sugar Hill including : “Freedom” , “It’s Nasty”(Genius Of Love) , “Scorpio” , “Message 2”(Survival) and “New York , New York”(Message III) as well as the original 1982 “Message” , Flash would release 9 more albums from 1985 to 2009.

Most notable of those releases was 1985’s “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” on Elektra Records which spawned the hits “Girls Love The Way He Spins” , “Sign Of The Times” , “Rock The House`` (Alternate Groove) and ``Larry`s Dance Theme``.

Flash added Kevin LaVon Dukesn a.k.a. Lavon , Jesse L. Dukes a.k.a. Shame , Russell Wheeler a.k.a. Mr. Broadway and Larry Parker a.k.a. Larry Love and a new super-group was formed.

The album would be Elektra`s first hip-hop release.

Flash would continue to tour the world and electrify audiences around the globe with dazzling turn-table work which is still the cornerstone and blueprint of almost all hip-hop and dance music deejays today. Flash`s showmanship as a d.j. is second to none.

In 2006 , Flash was presented with the BET ``I Am Hip Hop`` Icon Award.

In 2007 , Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five became the first hip-hop group inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame when Jay-Z inducted them in a ceremony on Mar.20th in Cleveland , Ohio.

In 2008 , Flash released his memoirs entitled ``The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash : My Life , My Beats.

Flash has also started a clothing line called ``G-Phyre`` and also host a Sirius Satellite radio program called ``Friday Night Fire With Grandmaster Flash``.

Grandmaster Flash is also a playable character in the Activision video game DJ Hero.

Grandmaster Flash is the most influential dj of any musical genre of all time.

  

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Jan.2nd – “Billie Jean” was the second single released off of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album on this day in 1983.

“Thriller” which was released on Epic Records is the biggest selling album of all time and has influenced artists in

Hip-hop also had a profound influence on Jackson as well as evidenced when Jackson performed “Billie Jean” a few months later on the Motown 25 television special and did the ‘moonwalk”, a signature b-boy move.

  

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Today in hip hop and rap history
Jan.5th – “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang becomes the 1st first hip-hop record to enter Billboard’s Top 40 Chart on this day in 1980.

The Sugar Hill Gang consisted of Wonder Mike , Master Gee and Big Bank Hank ,whose verses on the legendary track were reportedly written by Grandmaster Caz , whom Hank used to manage.

  

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Dec.6th – DJ Quik released his debut album “Quik Is The Name” on Profile Records , on this day in 1991.

The extremely talented Compton , California producer and artist was the most expensive signee on the independent Profile Records , reportedly netting a six figure deal.

“Quik Is The Name” would spawn the chart-climber “Born And Raised In Compton” and the single title track as well as the hit “Tonite”.

DJ Quik would go on to be one of the most successful producers in music history.

  

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Jan.10th - Smiff-N-Wessun release their debut album "Dah Shinin'" on Wreck Records on this day in 1995.

The album was a landmark set in the "backpacker hip-hop movement" and was produced by Da Beatminerz of whose members would include DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon , Mr. Walt , Rich Blak and Baby Paul.

The album would see the arrival of the now legendary Boot Camp Clik, which would consist of Smif-N-Wessun and Black Moon as well as Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C..

Singles from the album would include "Wontime" , "Let's Git It On" , "Sound Bwoy Bureill" and the classic "Buck Town"

  

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Jan.12th – Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan was born Corey Woods in Brooklyn , New York , on this day in 1970.

Raekwon also known as Chef Reakwon , Raekwon The Chef , Shallah Raekwon and Lex Diamonds joined the 9 man Wu-Tang Clan in 1992.

His lyrical impact on The Wu could be felt all over their 1999 multi-platinum debut album “Enter The Wu-Tang” – 36 Chambers , especially on their smash-hit “C.R.E.A.M.”

Raekwon has appeared on all 5 of The Wu-Tang Clan albums since , with 2007’s “8 Diagrams” being the latest.

In 1994 Raekwon signed a solo deal with Loud Records while all the while remaining a member of the red hot Wu-Tang Clan and released his debut solo single “Heaven & Hell” which was also featured in the in Miramax film “Fresh” , released the same year.

The following year Raekown released his classic debut album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” , an album that many argue was the best of all solo Wu projects. Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah appeared on all the tracks for “Linx” and received a co-star like credit for the set. Other guests on the album included Nas and Blue Raspberry as well as all of the other Wu-Tang members. Hit singles off the album included “Ice Cream” , “Can It All Be So Simple” – The Remix , “Rainy Dayz” and the cult classic “Incarcerated Scarfaces”. The album like all other solo Wu projects was produced by Wu founder The RZA.

Raekwon has released 4 more solo albums since ; 1999’s “Immobilarity” , 2003’s “The Lex Diamonds Story” , 2009’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..Pt.II and 2011’s “Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang”.

Over the years Raekwon has collaborated with the likes of the late Big Pun , Fat Joe , Jadakiss , Nas , Allure , Tiffany Villareal , Lyfe Jennings and Joy Denalane to name a few.

Raekown has also appeared in the films “Black And White” , “Coalition” , “Hardrock” and the television mini-series “Kingpin”.

  

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didn't see nobody making songs called Sweet about LL when he dropped GOAT now did we? lol Gotta earn that respect

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Jan.14th – LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith in Bay Shore, New York on this day in 1968.

As a child LL Cool J(an acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) began rapping and making beats at 10 years of age. His grandmother bought him d.j. equipment to keep him from riding motorcycles and participating in other dangerous stunts.

Influenced by Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC , LL developed his own rapping style reminiscent of T. La Rock with the long words and extensive vocabulary in his rhymes.

LL Cool J would become the first signed artist to the then brand new Def Jam Records started by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons. His classic debut single “I Need A Beat” would be Def Jam’s first catalogued release.

The track ushered in a new era of rap music with its stripped down production and wordy rhyme play which harked back to the early stripped down raw hip-hop of ols school NYC black parties.

During this time LL even wrote the lyrics to the Run-DMC classic track “Can You Rock It Like This” from their 1985 sophomore album “King Of Rock”.

LL’s chiselled physique and good looks made him hip-hop’s 1st sex symbol. LL Cool J would have a female fan base and support that would last him for the ages.

This new found fame would now set the stage for his classic platinum-selling debut album “Radio”. “Radio” was released in 1985 and spawned the hits “Rock The Bells”, “I Can Give You More” , “You’ll Rock” , “I Need A Beat” and “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” , which he also performed in a film stealing scene in the 1985 Russell Simmons semi-biopic “Krush Groove”.

LL’s new found fame threatened to eclipse that of the then red hot Fat Boys , Whodini and even his heroes Run-DMC. LL’s aggressive and ferocious rhyme style made him an instant favourite as a battle rapper. His lyrical wars over the years with the likes of Ice-T , Canibus , Wyclef Jean and especially of those with the legendary Kool Moe Dee were classic.

LL’s sophomore set “Bigger And Deffer” was released in 1987 and went platinum as well. “Bigger And Deffer” produced the hit singles “I’m Bad” , “Go Cut Creator Go” and rap music’s first commercially successful ballad “I Need Love”. “Bigger And Deffer” also contained the cult favourite album cuts “Get Down” , “Kanday” and “Bristol Hotel”.

LL Cool J has released 10 more albums since , most notably 1989’s “Walking With A Panther” , 1990’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” , 1997’s “Phenomenon” and 2000’s “G.O.A.T.”(an acronym for Greatest Of All Time).

LL’s last album was 2008’s “Exit 13”.

His discography of hit singles spans over 25 years with classics like “The Boomin’ System” , “Going Back To Cali” , “Doin’ It” , “To Da Break Of Dawn” , “Big Ole Butt” , “Imagine That” , “Loungin” , “Jinglin’ Baby” , “Mama Said Knock You Out” , “Headsprung” , “Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings” , “Hey Lover” , “Around The Way Girl” and “I Shot Ya” to name a few.

Over the years Uncle L as he is sometimes known has collaborated with the likes of Boyz II Men , Foxy Brown , Canibus , Jamie Foxx , Ne-Yo , Jennifer Lopez , Mary J. Blige , Total , Lyfe Jennings , Method Man , DMX , Keith Murray and the late Notorious B.I.G.

LL Cool J’s film career has been almost as prolific as his music having appeared in countless films such as “S.W.A.T.” , “Rollerball” , “Wildcats’ , “Deliver Us From Eva” , “Kingdom Come” , “Charlie’s Angels” and “Any Given Sunday” just to name a few.

LL has also appeared on television’s “Oz” , “30 Rock” and “All That”.

From 1995 to 1999 , LL Cool J starred as retired football player Marion Hill on the NBC sitcom “In The House” which later switched over to the UPN network. “In The House” was a spin-off from NBC’s “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”.

LL Cool J currently stars as Special Agent Sam Hanna on CBS’s “NCIS : Los Angeles”.

LL Cool J has won Grammy Awards , MTV Video Music Awards and NAACP Image Awards as well as Billboard, Soul Train and New York Music Awards.

In 2007 , LL was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame.

LL Cool J ha started 2 record labels P.O.G. (Power Of God) Records and Rock The Bells Records which was also the name of the music production company he set up as well.

LL launched his own clothing line called Tood Smith and in the 1990’s was instrumental in helping get FUBU and TROOP off the ground.

LL Cool J published his memoirs in 1998 called “I Make My Own Rules”. He also wrote a children’s book that published in 2002 called “And The Winner Is” as well as a fitness book with his personal trainer Dave Honig called “The Platinum Workout” in 2006. He published his 4th book “LL Cool J”(Hip-Hop Star) co-written by Dustin Shekell with a foreword written by Yours Truly Chuck D.

LL Cool J has had one of the longest and most successful careers in hip-hop history and is truly regarded by many as The Greatest Of All Time.

  

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February 1st – Big Boi of Outkast was born Antwan Andre Patton in Savannah, Georgia, on this day in 1975.

Big Boi studied music at Atlanta’s Tri-Cities High School, a Visual And Performing Arts Magnet School where he met Andre Benjamin who later formed Outkast with the Savannah native.
Benjamin would use the stage name Dre and then later Andre 3000.

Outkast signed a record deal with LaFace Records and released their classic platinum selling debut album “Southernplayalisticadillacmusik” in 1994. Outkast’s futuristic sci-fi funk, heavily influenced by their southern upbringing became an instant fan favorite and placed in a musical category all by itself.

Their double-platinum selling sophomore set “Atliens” released in 1996 was testimony to this, producing unique sounding hit singles like “Elevators (Me & You)” and the title track.

Their third album, 1998’s “Aquemini”, whose title came from the duo’s zodiac signs of Gemini and Aquarius, received 5 mics in The Source Magazine, the magazine’s highest critic’s rating possible.

2000’s “Stankonia” album took creative leaps to yet another level with an extremely versatile collection of songs. With hit songs that sounded like nothing on the charts and like nothing ever heard before in hip-hop.
“Ms. Jackson”, with its hypnotic church organ went to the top of the charts. “B.O.B.” had a break neck pace never heard before in rap music and the cool funk of “So Fresh, So Clean” was reminiscent of 1980’s Minneapolis band The Time.

During this time the duo also opened a recording studio called Stankonia in Atlanta where they would record most of their future work as well as renting out the double studio facility. Their clients have included Sevendust, Goodie Mob and Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz to name a few.

Outkast would release a special album project in 2003. The duo would release a double album made up of two single albums which would both be almost like unofficial solo albums by both members.

Andre’s would be entitled “The Love Below” and contain the new wave-ish smash hit “Hey Ya.”
Big Boi’s collection would be called “Speakerboxxx” and produce the straight ahead cool funk smash “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown), an Earth, Wind And Fire cover.

Outkast would then star in the 1996 Universal Pictures musical fantasy “Idlewood” and released the extremely underrated and musically diverse accompanying soundtrack.

The two decided to take a hiatus from Outkast with Andre pursuing an acting career and Big Boi continuing to produce and release music.

In 2010, Big Boi released his official solo debut album called “Sir Luscious Left Foot - The Son Of Chico Dusty” on Def Jam Records. The album spawned the hit “Shutterbug” (featuring Cutty) as well as guest appearances by George Clinton, Yelawolf, Janelle Monae and Gucci Mane.

Big Boi will be releasing another solo album in 2012 and has told This Day In Hip-Hop And Rap History that a new Outkast album is forthcoming sometime in the near future and that he was also producing tracks for a solo Andre 3000 album.

  

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February 6th – Hip-Hop photographer Joe Conzo Jr. was born in The Bronx, New York, on this day in 1963.

Conzo, who studied photography from a young age and eventually at The School Of Visual Arts in New York City, grew up and went to school with some of the members of The Cold Crush Brothers and eventually became their official photographer and shot the pioneering rap group in the mid-1970`s and early 1980`s capturing the first historical moments of hip-hop.

Conzo would also go on to shoot The Treacherous 3, The Fearless Four and The Fantastic 5 in early historical venues such as The Roxy, Harlem World and Ecstasy Garage.
Conzo also shot historical photographs of Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa and hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc.

Conzo’s father Joe Conzo Sr. was a close friend of Latin music legend Tito Puente, who Conzo also shot extensively as well.

Conzo’s photographs have appeared in films, books and in exhibits around the world, most notably at The Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture in New York City.

Conzo continues to photograph hip-hop artists today and most recently shot pictures of the recent Occupy: Wall Street protest.

  

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February 13th – 2Pac releases his fourth album and first for Death Row Records “All Eyez On Me”, on this day in 1996.

The album spawned two number one hit singles; “California Love” (ft. Dr. Dre and the late great Roger Troutman of Zapp) and “How Do You Want It?” (ft. K-Ci & JoJo).

Other hit singles on this classic set included “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” (ft. Snoop Dogg), “All Bout U” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha.”

Other guests on the album included The Dogg Pound, Danny Boy, Michel’le, Rappin’ 4-Tay, the late Nate Dogg, Method Man, Redman and P-Funk legend George Clinton.

The double disc has sold over nine million copies worldwide and was reportedly recorded in two weeks.

  

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February 14th - The Funky 4 Plus One perform their classic hit “That’s The Joint” on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on this day in 1981, becoming the first hip-hop group to appear on national television.

  

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February 15th - Big L was shot to death in Harlem, New York, on this day in 1999.

Big L, who was born Lamont Coleman in Harlem, began to freestyle at age 12 and soon formed a group called Three The Hard Way. After members of the group went their separate ways, he formed another group called Children Of The Corn with future rap superstars Ma$e and Cam’Ron, whoat the time used the stage monikers Murda Mase and Killa Cam. Cam’Ron’s cousin Bloodshed was also a member.

Around this time Big L met Lord Finesse at an autograph session in a Harlem record store and the two exchanged phone numbers.

After the death of Bloodshed in a tragic automobile accident, members of Children Of The Corn decided to go their separate ways and pursue solo careers.

Big L would first appear on a record when he was featured as a guest on the 1992 Lord Finesse 12 inch single remix for “Yes You May.”

The first album Big L would appear on would be Showbiz & A.G.’s “Runaway Slave” on the track “Represent”, also released in 1992.

That same year Big L won the Nubian Productions Freestyle competition which consisted of 2000 contestants.

In 1993, Big L was signed to Columbia Records and he released his first single “Devil’s Son.”

Three more singles followed over the next year; “Clinic”, “No Endz, No Skinz” and the underground cult classic “Put It On.”

During this time Big L also became part of the Diggin’ In The Crates crew, also known as D.I.T.C., whose members included Fat Joe, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Buckwild and Showbiz & A.G.

In 1995, Big L finally released his long awaited debut album “Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous.” Big L’s previous singles appeared on the album as well as another single “M.V.P.”, which also became another cult classic.

In 1996, Big L left Columbia over creative differences and formed his own label called Flamboyant Entertainment Records and began work on his sophomore joint “The Big Picture.”

In 1998, Big L released the single “Ebonics” as well as appearing on D.I.T.C.’s first single “Dignified Soldiers.”

“The Big Picture” was finally released a year and a half after his murder and featured “Ebonics” as well as another single “Flamboyant.”

Guests on the posthumous release included Fat Joe, Kool G. Rap, O.C., Remy Ma, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, the late 2Pac Shakur and Guru formerly of Gang Starr.

Producers on “The Big Picture” included DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Ron Brown and Ron G. to name a few.

Three more posthumous albums have been released since his death. A documentary entitled “Street Struck – The Big L Story,” is set to be released in 2012

  

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February 17th – The Geto Boys release their debut album “Makin’ Trouble” on Rap-A-Lot Records, on this day in 1984.

The original line-up of the group consisted of Bushwick Bill, DJ Ready Red, Sire Jukebox and Prince Johnny C.

After the release of “Makin’ Trouble”, the label dropped Sire Jukebox and Prince Johnny C from the group and added Scarface and Willie D who along with Bushwick Bill and DJ Ready Red would become the new Geto Boys, with Ready Red eventually leaving the group.

The track “Assassins” would be covered by Insane Clown Posse 10 years later on their album “The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.”

  

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88 not 84

*professional lurker*

  

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>88 not 84

glad somebody's paying attention

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February 21st – 2Pac released the single “Dear Mama” from his album “Me Against The World” on Interscope Records, on this day in 1995.

The song was dedicated to his mother Afeni Shakur, a former Black Panther.

  

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i actually like the ideal.......

good stuff




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February 23rd – Naughty By Nature released their third album, the platinum selling “19 Naughty III” on Tommy Boy Records, on this day in 1993.

The album spawned the hits “Written On Ya Kitten”, “It’s On” and the classic anthem “Hip-Hop Hooray”, whose video was directed by Spike Lee.

The classic set also featured guest appearances by Freddie Foxxx and the late great Heavy D.

  

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February 24th – Jeru The Damaja protégé and Gang Starr Foundation member Afu-Ra released “Afu-Ra Presents – The Perverted Monks” on Reggae Lounge Records, on this day in 2004.

Afu-Ra formed a new musical collective for this project which also consisted of Aqua Monk, Solar Monk and Caged Monk.

“Perverted Monks” contained a collage of hip-hop musical styles and featured production by Mike Rane, P.F. Cuttin’, Ill Will Fulton, Domingo, DJ Tomekk, Baby Dooks, Gang Du Lyon and Afu-Ra himself.

  

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February 28th – After a nearly two year-long battle with cancer, Guru of Gang Starr suffers a heart attack and goes into a coma following surgery on this day in 2010.

Guru would never awaken from his coma and would pass away on April 19th of the same year.

Guru who was born Keith Edward Elam in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1961, graduated for Morehouse, College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in business administration.
Guru, an acronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, began his career in music when he founded Gang Starr in 1987. Gang Starr whose lineup at the time included B-Down a.k.a. Mike Dee, D.J. 1, 2 and Guru who at the time was known as Keithy E The Guru released three 12 inch singles on Wild Pitch Records produced by Mark The 45 King, Donald D and J.V. Johnson.

In 1989, the group disbanded with Elam shortening his stage name to simply Guru and forming a new lineup with DJ Waxmaster C, who later became known as DJ Premier. That same year, the duo released their first single on Wild Pitch called “Words I Manifest”, followed by their debut album “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, which became a cult classic.

Gang Starr would go on to release five more albums on Chrysalis and Virgin Records that would become bona fide hip-hop favorites.

They also founded The Gang Starr Foundation musical collective that would help to launch the careers of Jeru The Damaja, Bahamadia, Freddie Foxxx, Afu-Ra, Group Home and Krumb Snatcha to name a few.

DJ Premier would also go on to become one of the most respected and sought after producers in hip-hop handling production duties on recordings by KRS-One, the late Notorious B.I.G., DAS-EFX, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rakim as well as metal band Limp Bizkit and pop star Christina Aguilera, with a list that goes on.

Both Guru and DJ Premier have been instrumental in the development of the hip-hop/jazz fusion movement.

Besides incorporating jazz samples in his beat-making production, DJ Premier also collaborated with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis on the 1994 album “Buckshot LeFonque” on Columbia Records where the two combined their talents working alongside great musicians like Roy Hargrove, Kevin Eubanks, Albert Collins and Greg Phillinganes.

In 1993, Guru released the first of his “Guru’s Jazzmatazz” series pairing the MC alongside jazz greats like Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers and Branford Marsalis as well as French rap star MC Solaar.

Guru released three more “Jazzmatazz” installments up until 2007.

Guru released his first solo album in 2001 called “Baldhead Slick & Da Click” which was mainly a hip-hop/r’n’b fusion.

Guru followed that up with his second and last solo album “Version7.0 – The Street Scriptures”, released in 2005. Guru has appeared in several films including “Who’s The Man?”, “3 A.M.”, “Train Ride” and “The Substitute 2 – School’s Out”, just to name a few.

Guru had one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop and his contributions to the development of it as an art form can never be overstated.

  

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April 2nd – Prince Paul was born Paul E. Huston in Amityville, New York, on this day in 1967.
Prince Paul began his career with Daddy-O, Wise, Frukwan, DBC, MC Delite and Bobby Simmons in the mid-1980’s as a part of Stetsasonic, one of hip-hop’s first live bands.

The band, originally known as The Stetson Brothers after the “Stetson” hat, released their critically acclaimed debut album “On Fire” on Tommy Boy Records in 1986.

Stetsasonic followed that up with their ground breaking sophomore joint “In Full Gear” in 1988. “In Full Gear” featured the classics rap hits “Sally”, “Float On” and “Talkin’ All That Jazz”, an answer song to an interview musician James Mtume gave on a New York City radio show in which he criticized rap music for sampling.

Stetsasonic released one more album; 1991’s “Blood, Sweat & No Tears” before calling it quits as a group.

Prince Paul, however, would receive his biggest acclaim when he stepped out as a producer and helped musically craft De La Soul’s debut album “3 Feet High And Rising” in 1989 on Tommy Boy.

The album was preceded by an EP released in 1988 which featured some of the classic singles and tracks that would appear on “3 Feet High And Rising”, like “Plug Tunin’” and “Jenifa (Taught Me).”

“3 Feet High And Rising” would feature unlikely music samples for hip-hop by artists such as Johnny Cash, Hall And Oates, Steely Dan and The Detroit Emeralds.

The album also popularized the “album skit” between songs courtesy of Paul collaborator Don Newkirk.

“3 Feet High And Rising” would be lauded by critics and fans alike as a bona fide classic.

Prince Paul would go on to produce two more albums for De La Soul; 1991’s “De La Soul Is Dead” , which received 5 mics in The Source Magazine and 1993’s “Buhloone Mindstate”, which would feature guest appearances by former James Brown sideman Maceo Parker and the late Guru of Gang Starr.

Both albums would continue to push the boundaries in hip-hop for production, creativity and innovation.

Prince Paul would eventually become one of the most sought after producers in the music industry working with 3rd Bass, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Jaz-O, Boogie Down Productions, Groove B Chill, Cypress Hill, Slick Rick, MF Doom, J-Live, Souls Of Mischief, comedian Chris Rock and funk legend George Clinton on his 1990 remix for “Tweakin’”, which featured Yours Truly and Flavor Flav, just to name few.

Prince Paul has released five solo albums; 1996’s “Psychoanalysis; What Is It?”, 1999’s “A Prince Amongst Thieves”, a hip-hop opera which featured some of the biggest names in rap music, 2003’s “Politics Of The Business”, where I had the opportunity to again work with Prince Paul alongside Ice-T, comedian Dave Chappelle, Dave of De La Soul and The Beatnuts to name just a few and 2005’s “Itstrumental” and “Hip Hop Gold Dust” both released the same year.

Prince Paul was also a member of one of hip-hop’s first super-groups along with Wu-Tang founder The RZA, Frukwan and the late Too Poetic in Gravediggaz, who pioneered rap’s “horror-core” sound. Gravediggaz released three albums; 1994’s “6 Feet Deep”, 1997’s “The Pick, The Sickle And The Shovel” and 2002’s “Nightmare In A-Minor.”

In 1999, Paul also collaborated with Dan The Automator and formed Handsome Boy Modeling School and released the album “So…How’s Your Girl”, which again featured contributions by some of the biggest names in hip-hop.

In 2004, Handsome Boy Modeling School released a second album called “White People” which this time along with featuring some of hip-hop’s big guns, also featured big names in pop, reggae, alternative rock and comedy.

Prince Paul has also been involved in collaboration projects and groups who released albums like The Dix, Baby Elephant and Dino 5.

Prince Paul continues to perform and produce music today and is considered one of the most innovative and creative minds in the history of the industry.

  

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