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Jerry Miller

[FLASH BACK FRIDAY] “SUMMER HEAT”

After a long break due to site updates, we are finally BACK! First and foremost, we want to take some time out to acknowledge Hip-Hop’s official birthday last week. With the genre turning 44 this year, the movement continues to flourish and remain one of the world’s most influential forms of music.

Better late than never, we alongside Straight Official Magazine are changing the style up a bit and hitting you with #FlashbackFridays where we take a look back in the day at album releases from some of the genre’s most renowned artists. We hope you enjoy our new look of the site and stay tuned with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to highlight the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO

 

August 16th 1994: Organized Konfusion Releases Stress: The Extinction Agenda

The duo of Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch would combine to form Organized Konfusion and would bless us with their sophomore project under Hollywood BASIC/Elektra Records. With production from both Rockwilder and Buckwild, the album would receive great reviews and in some circles it’s considered an underground Hip-Hop classic. Singles such as “Stress” and “Let’s Organize” would propel the album to #28 on Billboard Top 25 R&B/Hip-Hop charts and the true lyricism of both Po and Monch would be on full display.

 

August 17th 1999: Mobb Deep Releases Murda Musik

The most infamous duo from Queensbridge would return to the booth for their fourth album under Loud/Columbia Records. While the saying is “third time’s a charm” is common to most artists, Havoc and the late Prodigy were anything but common. With a plethora of producers including The Alchemist, T-Mix and Epitome this project would go on to debut at #3 on Billboard Top 200 but reach platinum status in just two months after it’s release. The iconic single “Quiet Storm” is a beautiful blend of Smokey Robinson and Grandmaster Melle Mel samples with the gritty flavor of Hip-Hop that only Mobb Deep could give you. A must own album for those who love Hip-Hop!

 

August 17th 1993: Scarface Releases The World Is Yours

Back at the plate for his second album, Scarface would avoid the “sophomore jinx” that has plagued other artists with a solid effort under Rap-A-Lot Records. Though some felt that this album wasn’t as great as his first, the numbers don’t lie as the album crept into the Top 10 of Billboard 200 and secured the #1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop charts respectively. The lead single “Let It Roll” was a classic and Billboard Top 100 felt so as well as it snagged a spot on the list. Face would only further cement his legacy in Hip-Hop with this album and add to his impressive catalog.

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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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