[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Second Time Around via @TenthLetterMed


The movement known as Hip-Hop has spawned some of the most memorable duos and factions. With The Sugar Hill Gang setting the blueprint, the genre has been just as successful in being both relevant and dominate over the past 40 years. From Run-DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A. and countless others, the mantra of strength in numbers will always show and prove the lifestyle and culture that is Hip-Hop.

With another #ThrowbackThursday upon us, both we and Straight Official Magazine like to go back in the day to check out album releases that added to the lineage of this movement. This week we highlight three acts stepping back in the booth for sophomore efforts. Be sure to check in with us each Thursday for more #TBT and be sure to share and comment down below! #GetSOM #DueSeason

July 25th 1995: Bone Thugs n Harmony Releases E. 1999 Eternal

The Midwest emerged into Hip-Hop during the haze of the East Coast/West Coast “feud” and was well represented by the quintet out of Cleveland. BTNH would produce their second album under Ruthless/Relativity Records just four months after the death of their mentor Eazy E. There’s a saying in Hip-Hop about a “sophomore jinx” where you’re 2nd album won’t be as successful as the 1st. The brothers Bone shattered that concept as they would sell a combined 16 million records (U.S. and worldwide) and hold the Billboard 200 charts hostage for two weeks. Iconic singles like “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads” in which the latter would serve as tribute to their mentor, will forever cement their legacy in Hip-Hop as more than just a one-time act but a mainstay in the movement.

July 26th 1988: Eric B. And Rakim Releases Follow The Leader

The Golden Era of Hip-Hop was truly that as legends in the industry shined both metaphorically and physically. The Long Island duo of Eric B. and Rakim would bless the booth again one year prior to their Paid In Full debut. The self-produced project would feature the single “Microphone Fiend” which displayed Rakim’s lyrical prowess. The sophomore jinx was absent from this group as they would reach gold status in sales as well as a #22 spot on U.S. Top Pop charts. In most circles, the album was received well amongst critics and considered more diverse than their first album. Talk about progression!

June 27th 1999: The Hot Boys Release Guerilla Warfare

The summer of 1999 was indeed a hot one for them Cash Money brothers! Fresh off the “universal” deal from Universal Records and their first project Get It How You Live!, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG and Turk would feature the Big Tymers this go round to produce another classic album! With the great Mannie Fresh on production, the album boasted that Southern style of Hip-Hop with hit singles like “We On Fire.” For all those who anticipated the release were anything less than disappointed as the album debut at #1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and #5 on Billboard 200 respectively. Had to make sure I put some respect on that!!

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Summer Milestones via @TenthLetterMed


When you have a genre of music that is so diverse and influential as Hip-Hop, you are going to have an infinite number of milestones and breakthroughs. Granted they may not happen everyday but, with the movement already spanning 44 years the coincidence that it could happen isn’t far-fetched. Take today for example, It’s July 20th. Kool G Rap and DJ Screw were both born on this day three years apart. Shout out to these legends in Hip-Hop.

In bringing you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, we are back at you with #ThrowbackThursdays where each week we take a look at album releases from Hip-Hop’s heyday that further cultivated this musical revolution. TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine thank you for rockin with us and make sure you like, share and comment below!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO

July 17th 1990: BDP Releases Edutainment

Legends of South Bronx and in Hip-Hop, Boogie Down Productions would bless us again with their fourth studio album under Jive/RCA Records. Though skit-heavy, the project fails to disappoint as both KRS-One and D-Nice would handle all production of the EP alongside Pal Joey. Edutainment would peak in the Top 10 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and secure gold status months later. “Ya Know The Rules” was one of the lead singles that the album’s known for, but “Beef” was a personal favorite as KRS-One’s lyrical technique was on full display!

July 19th 1994: MC Eiht Releases We Come Strapped

The West Coast rode with Hip-Hop unlike any other region. Making his debut on the scene, MC Eiht would stake his claim in the culture with his first project under Epic Street. Tony Smalls kept good company as the album featured Compton’s Most Wanted and production by both Eiht, DJ Slip and Master Ric Roc. The timing of his release couldn’t be better as it came in the height of a beef with DJ Quik, which he made mention on “ Death Wish III.” Many would say that his debut album was his most successful, and they would be right as the project landed at #1 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop and #5 on Top Billboard 200 charts. Now that’s how you make an entrance!

July 20th 1993: Cypress Hill Releases Black Sunday

Two years removed from their self-titled debut, the quartet of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace would provide their sophomore effort under Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. With production by Muggs and T-Ray, the album wouldn’t show any signs of a “sophomore jinx” as hit singles like “Insane in the Membrane” and “Lick a Shot” would shoot the album to heights higher than their marijuana clouds could ever climb. Not only would it debut at #1 on Top Billboard 200 with over 250K sold in a week, the album hit a milestone with Soundscan that at the time, was not met by any other rap group. The result of their second at-bat? Triple platinum status and a permanent staple in the fabric of Hip-Hop for the Latino community.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Way Back When via @TenthLetterMed


For over 40 years, Hip-Hop has and will continue to be the most influential genre of music. From its inception to where it stands today, this movement swept the nation and the world as a phenomenon unlike any other.

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine like to take the 5th day of the week to go back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays to highlight album releases of some of Hip-Hop’s most notable artists. Be sure to check in with us every Thursday as we dig in the crates to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO!!

July 13th 1999: Gang Starr Releases Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr

One of Hip-Hop’s most prominent duos, Guru and DJ Premiere would compile over 30 songs from their extensive catalog to produce a double CD. Released under Virgin Records, the jazz-infused style of East Coast Hip-Hop was well received by music critics all over. The compilation album would feature three singles in “Full Clip”, “All 4 the Ca$h” and “Discipline” that were not only brand new but would also propel the album to #11 on Billboard charts as well as gold certification. Features on the compilation include Inspectah Deck, M.O.P., K-Ci & JoJo and Nice and Smooth to name a few and serves as a classic on Hip-Hop.

July 14th 1998: Beastie Boys Releases Hello Nasty

Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D would return to the studio to bless us with their fifth studio album under Capitol Records. Known for being the party group, the Beastie Boys would make a few changes to their personnel and in this case, change would be a great thing! The album would sell over 650,000 units in the first week along with a debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Hit singles such as “Intergalactic” would not only warrant success on the charts but also two Grammy awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The album would reach triple platinum status and further complement their place in Hip-Hop as pioneers.

July 13th 1998: Noreaga Releases N.O.R.E.

One half of the duo known as C-N-N, Noreaga would make his solo debut under Penalty Recordings. The project would feature a plethora of producers from The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Marley Marl and Dame Grease and have features from fellow NY MC’s such as The LOX, Busta Rhymez and Cam’ron. The album was a success as it reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and with the hot single “Superthug” the debut would prove that Noreaga would be able to flourish as a solo artist. “Banned From T.V.” is my personal favorite and in some circles, the debut as a whole was a classic.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Icons In Time via @TenthLetterMed


What do The RZA, Royce Da 5’9, 50 Cent, Charizma, Inspectah Deck, Rhymefest and Joell Ortiz all have in common? Besides the fact they are some of Hip-Hop’s most noteworthy MC’s, they all are celebrating birthdays this week and we give shouts out to these leaders in the movement!

One day closer to the weekend, we like to take you back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays. This week, we’re diggin’ in the crates to take a look at three album releases from some of our favorite artists both then and now! We thank you for rocking with us and check in with us every Thursday as Straight Official Magazine and TenthLetterMedia bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO

July 2nd 1996: Nas Releases It Was Written

Remember when 50 told us about switching the style up? Nas would implement this way of thinking on his second effort under Columbia Records. Though Illmatic was revered a classic debut by many, the Queensbridge MC would abandon the raw and gritty style and aim for the mainstream with production primarily handled by Trackmasters. While some fans moaned and groaned, he would eventually solidify himself amongst other artists such as Raekwon and Jay-Z at that time. To say it was his most successful album is an understatement. Timeless singles like “If I Ruled The World” and “Street Dreams” would see the album debut at #1 on Billboard charts and eventual double-platinum status with 2 million units sold in the U.S. alone!

July 2nd 1991: Slick Rick Releases The Ruler’s Back

The original storyteller of Hip-Hop would also give us his sophomore effort 5 years before Nas doing so. The British-born MC would also pull double duty on this project, working on production with Mr. Lee and Vance Wright. While the album was received well by critics, it would have that “rushed” feel to it as it and all visuals for the project were done before Rick the Ruler would serve a 5-year prison stint. While singles like “I Shouldn’t Have Done It” would reach as high as #2 on Rap Singles charts, the overall placement on Billboard charts saw the album sit at #’s 18 and 20 respectively.

July 2nd 1991: Geto Boys Releases We Can’t Be Stopped

Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill are forever an institution to the Gangsta style of Hip-Hop. One the same day as Slick Rick, the Geto Boys would release their fourth album under the iconic Rap-A-Lot Records. The trio would handle production alongside Roland and Simon. The album cover for this project was controversial as it portrayed an actual incident in Bushwick’s personal life. Perhaps the most memorable song from the album is “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” which in some circles, proved without a shadow of doubt that no one could get dark and dirty like the South.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Breaking On the Scene via @TenthLetterMed


There are several milestones in the genre of Hip-Hop that are noteworthy to say the least. Besides the over 40-year tenure that some said wouldn’t last one year, this movement has produced some remarkable highs as well as some unforgettable lows. One event in particular is when an artist makes their debut, as it serves as the launch pad for their respective career.

With today being #ThrowbackThursday, TLM and Straight Official Magazine like to dig in the crates to highlight some of Hip-Hop’s memorable moments. This week we’ll take a look at three debuts from artists that aided in the cultivation of the genre. Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop…LEGGO!!!

June 25th 1996: Jay-Z Releases Reasonable Doubt

Revered by many as one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time, Reasonable Doubt is the debut album from Jay-Z. The album was released under Roc-A-Fella/Priority Records and featured production from DJ Clark Kent and DJ Premiere to name a few. The Marcy MC provided us with his “mafioso rap” which boasted a lifestyle filled with Cristal and resembled something from Carlito’s Way. The debut would receive great acclaim and praise from the critics as well as make major moves on the Billboard charts (#23 on Billboard 200 & #3 on Top Hip-Hop/R&B) before reaching platinum status. Singles like “Feelin’ It” and “Can I Live” are timeless and “Regrets” still goes hard to this day!

June 25th 1991: Pete Rock & CL Smooth Release All Souled Out

The Golden Era of Hip-Hop would still be represented as two MC’s from New York would also make their debut. Pete Rock & CL Smooth would break onto the scene under Elektra Records. Produced solely by Pete Rock, the album would receive rave reviews and would even land on the Billboard charts. The classic single “The Creator” would be the only track that you would hear Pete Rock spit as CL Smooth covered the rest of the project. A deluxe edition would be released in 2014 with new instrumental mixes of the most popular songs on the album. The debut would serve as the perfect icebreaker for their 2nd album Mecca and the Soul Brother.

June 27th 2000: Nelly Releases Country Grammar

The new millennium would produce a new wave of artists from across the country. The Midwest would emerge as a force in Hip-Hop and St. Louis’ own Nelly would give us his version of slang. The album was released under Universal Records and featured production from City Spud, Basement Beats and Jay E. An instant hit, Country Grammar would sit atop Billboard charts for weeks backed by hot singles like “E.I”, “Ride Wit Me” and “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”. The album would also join élite company as one that would achieve diamond status and would also make Nelly one of the most successful acts of 2000.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Summertime in Hip-Hop via @TenthLetterMed


At long last, summer is officially here! This time of year brings not only hotter temps but also some of the hottest albums from our favorite Hip-Hop artists. Shout out to DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince for giving us the undisputed champion of anthems with their hit “Summertime.” Once I hear that song over the airwaves it makes it officially summer for me.

Nostalgia is king here at TLM and we alongside Straight Official Magazine like to take the 5th day of the week to go back in the day for #ThrowbackThursdays. This week we take a look at a few debuts in the game as well as final curtain call for one of the genre’s premier acts. Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to display Hip-Hop’s greatness….LEGGO!!!

June 21st 1988: Big Daddy Kane Debuts with Long Live the Kane

During the genesis of Hip-Hop’s Golden Age, BDK would step on the scene and leave an impression that could never be duplicated. His debut album, released under Cold Chillin’ Records was over 40 minutes of lyrical prowess and coverage of an array of different topics. The project was solely produced by the legendary Marley Marl and boasted several classic singles like “Ain’t No Half Steppin”, “Word to the Mother” and “Raw” (my personal fav). LLTK would go on to not only be certified gold status but also highlighted in Check The Technique, a novel that breaks down the making of 36 classic Hip-Hop albums

June 22nd 1993: Intelligent Hoodlum Releases Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum

Three years after his self-titled debut album, the sophomore effort of the Queens MC would be significant as he would no longer use the moniker and became now known as Tragedy Khadafi. The album would have familiar production as Marley Marl would work alongside K-Def and Epitome of Scratch to give us that gritty, NY sound. Singles like “Street Life” and “The Posse (Shoot ‘Em Up)” would propel the album up Top Hip-Hop/R&B charts and receive praise from even the toughest critics. Sometimes change can be a good thing.

June 23rd 1992: Eric B. & Rakim Releases Don’t Sweat the Technique

One of Hip-Hop’s most dynamic duos, Eric B. & Rakim would take a victory lap with their fourth and final project together. With the formula already in place, this album was the perfect blend of jazz and Hip-Hop and we began to hear a more politically charged Rakim through the hit single “Casualties of War.” My personal favorite was “Know the Ledge” which would go on to be featured in the classic film Juice and served as an influence to some of the genre’s biggest artist like 50 Cent. The album would land at #9 on the Billboard Top R&B Album charts and #22 on Billboard 200 respectively and is without a doubt a CLASSIC!

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Hip-Hop Milestones via @TenthLetterMed


The genre of Hip-Hop is not only filled with rhythm and rhymes but also several milestones. Birthdays for example are abundant during this time of year. Shouts out to MC Ren, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Krayzie Bone, Freddie Gibbs and Ice Cube as they celebrate their respective soul days this month. Cube is also celebrating another milestone as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week! Now that is DOPE!!

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine love to highlight these and many other achievements in this movement. Fresh over hump day, we are back on our #ThrowbackThursday hustle as this week we take a look at a few albums that were released during this time. Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to give you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop….LEGGO!!!

Three 6 Mafia Releases When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

In June of 2003, the thugs that tore the club up would bless us with their fourth studio album under Loud Records. Known by many as the innovators of Crunk, Triple 6 would further the advancement of Southern Hip-Hop. Produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J, the album boasted 4 hit singles that would propel the album up the Billboard charts (#6 on Billboard 200 & #2 on Top Hip-Hop/R&B). “Sippin on Some Syrup” and “Who Run It” were classics and geared the project for platinum certification in December of 2000. The album also had great features with UGK, Project Pat, Young Buck and No Limit Soldiers Fiend and Mr. Serv-On.

Slum Village Releases Fantastic Vol. 2

The collective unit of Illa J, Elzhi, Baatin and J Dilla would form Slum Village and on June 13, 2000, they would double up on something fantastic with their sophomore effort. With production from Jay Dee, D’Angelo and Pete Rock this album would thrive amidst the heavy bootlegging of music that took place during this time. Despite not having great accolades in sales, the impact this album had on the underground circuit was monumental as the excellence of the late J Dilla was on full display. Some would even go so far to say they were the torchbearers Once A Tribe Called Quest left the scene, and we couldn’t agree more!

Quasimoto Releases The Unseen

With June 13th 2000 being a recurring date this week, this day and time would also feature the debut of Madlib. Under his alter ego of Quasimoto, the artist and producer would provide us with a unique blend of jazz, soul and electronic funk that has made him a mainstay in the genre for years. While it was documented that he was under heavy influence of mushrooms during production of the album, the result was a masterpiece featuring co-production from Kut Master Kurt and Peanut Butter Wolf. Tracks like “Basic Instinct” and “Come On Feet” are memorable and should be in the collection of any true Hip-Hop head.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] The Time is Now via @TenthLetterMed


Hip-Hop has been known to be most productive during the summer months. At temperatures begin to rise, the movement that spans over 4 decades goes full throttle and we the fans reap the blessings from our favorite artists.

Like we always do at this time, it’s #ThrowbackThursday here at Straight Official and this week we take a look at three artists that made their debuts during this hot period of time. Shouts out to Kanye West and Aesop Rock as they celebrate birthdays this month. Be sure to check with us each and every Thursday as we go back in the day to relive some of Hip-Hop’s glory days. LEGGO!!!

EMPD Releases Strictly Business

In June of 1988, the duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith released their debut album under Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records. The critical acclaim that the project received was impressive despite the fact that no singles from the album would reach the Billboard Hot 100 list, nor did the album have guest features or guest production. What the album did accomplish included a #1 spot on Top Hip-Hop/R&B charts as well as gold certification in only 4 months of its release. The album would be rereleased in 1994 under Priority Records and would serve as a milestone in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop. The single “You Gots to Chill” is still dope to this day!!

Warren G Releases Regulate…G Funk Era

The West Coast took Hip-Hop during the 90’s and ran all the way to the bank with it. In June of 1994, Warren G would break on to the scene with his debut album. Released under Def Jam/Violator Records, the project was solely produced by Warren and received praise and acclaim from even the toughest critics. Singles like “Regulate” and “This DJ” would propel the album up Billboard charts to #1 (Billboard 200) & #2 (Top Hip-Hop/R&B) and would be featured in classic films like Above The Rim. The album would be re-released in 2014 as well as being certified 3x’s platinum by the RIAA. Now that’s how you make a debut!

The Lost Boyz Release Legal Drug Money

There’s the old saying that there is strength in numbers and in June of 1996, four talented artists from South Jamaica, Queens would live by that motto. Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou would make up the iconic quartet and their first studio album would do everything but disappoint. The album featured production from Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee and Mr. Cheeks himself along with several others and the project reached great heights. Singles such as “Renee” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” would warrant the album top spots on Billboard charts as well as Gold certification in just two months of its release. A classic Hip-Hop album as well as a must-own for heads everywhere.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Happy Juneteenth via @TenthLetterMed


Believe it or not, we are in the sixth month of 2017 and like the weather outside things are about to heat up! Hip-Hop has always produced during the summer with a number of artists either debuting or building on their respective catalogs.

With #ThrowbackThursday upon us once again, we take a look back in the day at some of the genre’s milestones. We here at TenthLetterMedia love Hip-Hop and through the vessel of Straight Official Magazine, we will continue to highlight this movement and the lifestyle and culture that it represents.

Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig through the crates to recognize some of Hip-Hop’s great accomplishments…LEGGO!!

June 1, 1999: Ja Rule releases Venni Vetti Vecci

He came, saw and conquered Hip-Hop as the frontman for Murder Inc. uniquely titled his debut album. Ja Rule was widely popular as his gritty, East Coast style of Hip-Hop was making huge noise alongside label mates Jay-Z and DMX. The project featured production from Irv Gotti, Erick Sermon and Lil Rob. Despite the comparisons to 2Pac and DMX, Rule would continue to carve his own mark in Hip-Hop. The album drew close to 200K in sales within the first week and debut at #3 on the Billboard charts before eventually going platinum. The single “Holla Holla” still bangs hard to this day and the album would serve as a stepping off point for Ja’s career, that is until he got under the skin of 50 Cent but that’s another story.

June 1, 1993: LL Cool J releases 14 Shots to the Dome

Def Jam veteran and Hip-Hop pioneer LL Cool J would bless us with his fifth studio album. Riding off the immense success of “Mama Said Knock You Out”, the Queens MC would present a different style than we were used to. Production on the album featured QDIII and Marley Marl and some fans weren’t ready to embrace the “West Coast” version of LL, where some would say this caused the project to only reach gold status. Singles off the album include “Back Seat (of My Jeep)” which would be sampled later by R&B diva Monica for her debut album. Despite the moans and groans of the fans, the album would sit at #1 on top US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

May 31, 1995: Luniz releases I Got 5 On It

In late May/early June of 1995, the Luniz would introduce themselves to the world by claiming what they had on the sac. Serving as the lead single off the album “Operation Stackola”, the duo of Yukmouth and Numskull would advance West Coast Hip-Hop to unbelievable highs (pun intended). Tone Capone would handle all production on the album and the single would eventually be certified platinum. The dope samples from Club Noveau and Kool and the Gang make this a classic in Hip-Hop and still is relevant in 2017.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Back In The Day via @tenthlettermed


The genre of Hip-Hop has a lineage that spans over 40 years. During this time we have seen the movement spread like wildfire across the world, with its influence being an undeniable force on both our society and culture.

From its humble beginnings on the East Coast, the trek to the West Coast and all points in between, Hip-Hop has done everything it was intended to provide the world with the voice of those who live, eat, sleep and breathe it.

As we continue on our #ThrowbackThursday grind, we take a look at three album releases from some of Hip-Hop’s most engaging artists. Be sure to check in with us every week as we go back in the day to highlight the history of this powerful movement…LEGGO!!

BIG DADDY KANE- Looks Like a Job For…

In May of 1993, BDK would release his fifth studio album under Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. Records. Two years removed from the Prince of Darkness album, Dark Gable would return to the style that won him critical acclaim with production that ranged from TrackMasters, Easy Mo Bee and Large Professor to name a few. Lead singles such as “Very Special” would propel BDK up the Billboard Top 100 charts as well as the unforgettable “Nuff Respect” remix which was featured in the hit motion picture “Juice.” Kane is a legend of the movement and one of Hip-Hop’s pioneers. It was great to hear the rugged style again that seemed to go missing from earlier projects.

SLICK RICK- The Art of Storytelling

The final chapter of an illustrious career in Hip-Hop was documented on May 25, 1999 when Slick Rick released his fourth and final studio album. The British-American MC went out with a bang as the album would feature 5 lead singles and the production of the album was handled by DJ Clark Kent, Kid Capri and Tone and Poke. Dubbed as his most successful release, the album would be certified gold within one month of its release as well as snatching a No. 1 spot on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart in the U.S. The track “Frozen” featuring Raekwon is one of my faves off the album and is a must-own for true heads of Hip-Hop.

COMPTON’S MOST WANTED- It’s a Compton Thang

The West Coast embraced Hip-Hop unlike any other region in the U.S. The birth of Gangsta Rap was groundbreaking and controversial as several MC’S would step up to represent. In June of 1990, Compton’s Most Wanted would release their debut album under Orpheus Records. MC Eiht, Tha Chill, Boom Bam, Ant Capone and DJ Mike T would combine to give us that G-funk West Coast style that bumped out the back of old schools for years. Produced entirely by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ, the album would rest in the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts at #32 and would serve as a launchpad for many MC’s to follow.

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