Though everyday can’t be a noteworthy day in Hip-Hop, we damn sure try don’t we?? Big shout out to Corey Woods, aka Raekwon on this his soul day. He is one of the honorary members of the Wu-Tang Clan and, is the inspiration behind this week’s #ThrowbackThursday.
In this calendar year, 40 albums in Hip-Hop will celebrate birthdays. If that isn’t noteworthy then I don’t want to hear about it. A genre of music ruled out to die within a year of its inception surpasses expectations by over 4 decades. Like it or not, it’s in the history books and going nowhere soon.
I’ll pick 3 out of the 40 that inspired me as an artist, as well as changed the game in terms of gravitating this movement to unbelievable heights. As a Hip-Hop head, this was indeed difficult to narrow down to 3. Let’s start with the birthday boy Raekwon and his crew…
Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever Released in June of 1997, this was the Wu’s second blessing to the world and proved once again there was strength in numbers. 4 years after we entered the 36 Chambers, these nine MC’s and producers(yes, check the production credits) started a movement that involved all and not just one. The album would eventually go 4x’s platinum and serve as the jewel of the double album era. You don’t see this trend in Hip-Hop anymore, and it’s a damn shame.
Mystikal: Unpredictable In November of 1997, The Man Righ
t Chea gave us his sophomore effort under the flag of No Limit Records while still dealing with issues under Jive Records. This made the album sort of like a joint venture. He added to the dominance that the South had at that time in Hip-Hop with his rugged and loud delivery. Granted, No Limit was poppin’ at this time with releases from Master P(Ghetto D), Mia X(Unlady Like) and TRU(TRU 2 Da Game) but Mystikal was that unique round out the tank.
Missy Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly In July of 1997, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott broke on the scene with her début album. Fueled behind the incredible product
ion of VA’s musicial virtuoso Timbaland and coupled with the star-studded guest appearances made this album a must-have. Features with Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, Aaliyah and Keith Sweat to name a few, had this album on levels of redefining both Hip-Hop and R&
B. I never seen an artist have a début album that received so much praise. Missy set the measuring stick in terms of creativity and for women in the male dominated genre.