[Throwback Thursday] Hip- Hop

There is no better way to start the year, than with a little Throwback Thursday. My goal this year is to do nothing but educate and have fun in this process. Now i know everybody has there New Year Resolution and that is all fine and dandy , some may follow thru and others may not but that’s okay because I am adding a resolution to your list now! Every Week you will get a history fact rather its it the Hip Hop culture or the African American culture you will learn something.

Of course in honor of our great Fleet DJs let me tell you how Hip Hop started. In the early 70s
Kool Herc a jamacian spinner discovered the “break”or the “merry go round” which is so common to get one song mixed into another. This was done with two turntables, now when this is happening usually the “DJ” is either rapping or giving you “The Hype”- dang they do more than you know! That my friends was the start of something new and revoultionary you see thats how other became MCs.
Yes you had rap where the people always told the stories but without the mixture of music and sound it wouldn’t be what it was or is today. So hats off to New York the city of the creators and further more hats off to all the DJS because without you Hip Hop just wouldnt be.

Check out this video on how he felt about it :

Check out this throwback of the FleetDjs in work:

and make sure you check out the Fleet DJ website and download the app.

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[THROWBACK THRUSDAY] Emcee Season via @TenthLetterMed

Perhaps the most vital element out of the 5 that makes Hip-Hop what it is, the emcee wields the power to manipulate the English language to their respective design. Upon their shoebox these spitkickers have cultivated the genre for over 4 decades with no pause. The month of October has produced some of Hip-Hop’s most lyrical MC’s as Black Thought, Talib Kweli and Proof were all born in the tenth month of the calendar year.

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are back at you like the electric bill with #ThrowbackThursday where we go back in the day to highlight albums released around this time. This week we found 3 factions that staked claim in the movement. Be sure to check back with us each Thursday as we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason

October 3rd 2000: Jedi Mind Tricks Releases Violent By Design

Any true fan of Hip-Hop cannot deny the impact that the underground scene had on the genre overall. Vinnie Paz, Jus Allah and Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind would come together to produce their sophomore effort under their self-ran Superegular Records. Production of the album was handled by Stoupe as well as Mr. Len and it was twenty tracks of that pure, horrorcore Hip-Hop. Despite the fact that the project failed to reach any Billboard charts, it still moved 50k units in just one week of its inception. JMT’s unique style and content are what true heads of Hip-Hop craved.

October 1st 2001: Eyedea & Abilities Releases First Born

The underground scene of Hip-Hop would begin to break through the surface as Eyedea and Abilities would make their debut in October of 2001. Under the flag of Rhymesayers Entertainment, the duo would bless us with a combination of socially conscious lyricism and experimental fusion of both rap and rock on the 1’s and 2’s. The project would feature the lead single “Blindly Firing” and the album as a whole was well received amongst music critics. The duo would disband in October of 2010 after the untimely death of Eyedea.

October 1st 1991: Public Enemy Releases Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black

One of the most influential groups in the history of Hip-Hop would return to the studio to produce their fourth studio album under Def Jam/Columbia Records. Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Terminator X would continue to cement their legacy in the movement with production from The Bomb Squad and The Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk. The album would snag the #1 spot on Billboard Top R&B Album charts as well as the #4 spot on Billboard Top 200 charts respectively. Powerful singles like “Bring the Noise” and “Nighttrain” would revere the album as a must-have for any fan of Hip-Hop.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Fall Back via @TenthLetterMed

With the summer coming to an end, we prepare to break out the hoodies and embrace the fall season. Hip-Hop is an ongoing movement and no matter the season, it will continue to influence and shape our society and culture. This summer alone has shown and that the genre is not only alive and well but shows no signs of slowing down or stopping.

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are all about the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, which is why we are back at you for #ThrowbackThursdays where we shine the light upon three album releases that took place around this time back in the day. This week, we dug deep in the crates to highlight three of the game’s most notable MC’s. As always, we thank you for rocking with us each week and be sure to tune in with us each Thursday! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGetIt

September 29th 1998: Jay-Z Releases Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

The old saying goes that the third time’s the charm, and Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z would reflect that statement as he would return to the booth to drop this dope album under Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records. The project boasted a plethora of producers ranging from Swizz Beats, Timbaland, Premiere, Erick Sermon and Stevie J to name a few. Jigga gave us over 60 minutes of that pure, East Coast Hip-Hop sound that made him a mainstay in the industry. While Reasonable Doubt is considered by most as his best album, Hard Knock Life was the most successful commercially as it would sell 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Four powerful singles including “Can I Get A…” and “Jigga What, Jigga Who” would secure #1 spots on both Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. With the project going 5x’s platinum and snagging a Grammy for Best Rap Album, it’s safe to say that Jigga cemented his place in the industry with this charm of an album.

September 29th 1980: Kurtis Blow Releases his self-titled debut

One of the movement’s most influential MC’s would break onto the scene in September of 1980. Kurtis Blow would formally introduce his brand of Hip-Hop to the masses under Mercury Records. The production on the project would be handled by J.B. Moore and Robert Ford. The album featured one of the most sampled songs in Hip-Hop history in “The Breaks” which displayed his lyrical prowess. The album would also boast a B-Side which would include instrumentals as well as two bonus tracks. Another single from the project titled “ Takin’ Care of Business” would be one of the few Hip-Hop tracks that would be used to crossover to Rock n’ Roll. Kurtis is one of the many pioneers of the genre and this debut would help to cement his legacy in Hip-Hop.

September 29th 1998: Outkast Releases Aquemini

The two dope boys in a Cadillac would also bless us with a third studio album under LaFace Records. The unique title of the album is a linguistic word blend of Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s astrological signs. The project was produced by Outkast as well as Organized Noize and Mr. DJ. While staying the course with the futuristic theme that was explored in ATLiens, the album would also touch on a number of different topics including addiction and basic human nature. The third time would also be the charm for the duo as the album would be achieve platinum status just two months after it’s release! Iconic singles such as “Rosa Parks” and “Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1)” would propel the album to a #2 spots on both Billboard Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. With this project it would appear that Andre 3000 was right when he said at the Source Awards years ago that the South had something to say!!

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[THROWBACK THURSDAYS] Hip-Hop Variety via @TenthLetterMed

There’s an old saying that variety is the spice of life. The movement known as Hip-Hop has thrived off of this saying for over 4 decades, providing us with both timeless music and artists. The genre itself has become the most influential due to the artists that refused to become complacent.

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are back at you a few days before the weekend with #ThrowbackThursdays where we go back in the day to shine the spotlight on three album releases from Hip-Hop’s most notable MC’s. We thank you for rocking with us and check back with us each Thursday and we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGo

September 22, 1992: Redman Releases Whut Thee Album

Towards the end of summer in ‘92, the Hip-Hop world was formally introduced to Reggie Noble aka Redman as he would debut under Def Jam/Chaos Recordings. The Hit Squad member would bring his partner-in-rhyme Erick Sermon along for production alongside Pete Rock and the project would be received well amongst even the toughest music critics. “Tonight’s The Night” is one of the lead singles off the album which helped it reach #5 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Funk Doc’s IDGAF mentality and lyrical technique would make this debut album a must-have for Hip-Hop heads.

September 20, 1994: Craig Mack Releases Project Funk da World

Hip-Hop has always been about bravado, style and flavor. Craig Mack had one goal when he released his debut album under Bad Boy Records and that was to bring that flavor to your ear!! The album would come right behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die and despite having to come behind such an iconic album, it did exceedingly well. The production was handled by Easy Mo Bee, Puff Daddy and Mack himself. “Flava in Ya Ear” would serve as the lead single that would reach platinum status while the project as a whole would reach gold status in 1995. The remix to the hot single would feature B.I.G., LL Cool J and Busta Rhymez and it was CRAZY!!

September 20, 2000: Cam’ron Releases S.D.E.

Stepping back in the booth for a second time, Dipset affiliate Cam’ron would bless us with the long-anticipated sophomore project. Originally the album was to drop in ‘99 but the wait was worth it as new songs were added to the album. The production would be handled by Trackmasters, Dame Grease and Lance “Un” Rivera to name a few. Cam’s flamboyant style and lyrical spit would be highlighted on singles such as “Double Up” and “Why No”. The album would also include features from the industry’s hottest artists from Destiny’s Child, ODB, Noreaga and Juelz Santana. The sophomore jinx would also miss Cam as the album would debut at #2 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and secure a #14 spot on Billboard Top 200 charts respectively.

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Squad Up via @TenthLetterMed

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine send our prayers and support to the city of Houston during this tumultuous and tragic time. With all of us either having family, friends and colleagues there we cannot begin to fathom what you are going through. The support of the nation during this disaster will show and prove the resolve and humanity that rest within all of us. May God bless and keep the city of Houston!!

Once again we are one day closer to Labor Day weekend and we’re on our #ThrowbackThursday grind where we dig in the crates to spotlight album releases from Hip-Hop’s heyday. This week we take a look at three acts that should have coined the phrase “strength in numbers.” Be sure to like, comment on and share this read and check with us every Thursday as we bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #PrayersForHouston #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO

August 29th 1995: Junior M.A.F.I.A. Releases Conspiracy

Towards the end of the summer of ‘95, Hip-Hop was the land of opportunity in terms of debuts. The Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes would break onto the scene with mentorship from one of the best in the game in The Notorious B.I.G. The group would release their first project under Undeas/Big Beat Records and production would feature Special Ed, Clark Kent and B.I.G. himself as he composed several songs on the album. The first-up to bat for the group would prove to be the home run for Lil’ Kim as it was the launch pad for her career. Iconic singles such as “Get Money” and “ Player’s Anthem” would propel the album to Top 10 spots on Billboard Hot 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts before reaching gold status. It’s one of the few classic albums that are no longer in print.

August 30th 1994: UGK Releases Super Tight

The Underground Kingz would step back into the booth in late august with their sophomore effort under Jive Records. Pimp C & Bun B would give us over 50 minutes of that dope, Southern Hip-Hop that was too hard for some to swallow from their 1st project two years prior. With production spearheaded by Pimp C and DJ DMD, the sophomore jinx would miss the H-Town legends as the album would peak at #9 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. One of my favorite singles from the album is “Front, Back & Side to Side.” The samples of Boyz N The Hood remix and “Rigor Mortis” from The Meters was ahead of it’s time! Coupled with the lyrical spit of both Pimp and Bun, this album was a jewel from their dynamic catalog.

August 29th 2006: The Roots Release Game Theory

One constant that remains in Hip-Hop is that you can never expect to excel without evolution. The collective known as The Roots would bless us with their 7th studio album in late August of ‘06 under a new label in Def Jam Records, as well as a new sound and direction. Production on the album would feature J Dilla, The Randy Watson Experience and The Roots themselves as their experimental nature would see the group use GarageBand to record the project. Lead singles such as “Don’t Feel Right” would not only provide a metaphorical feeling for fans, but would also garner a #9 debut spot on Billboard 200 charts. With over 200k in copies sold in the U.S. as well as a Grammy nod for Best Rap Album, it’s safe to say that change is good!

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[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Summer Madness via @TenthLetterMed

While categorized as a genre of music, Hip-Hop is a movement that has cultivated our society and is the most influential genre of music today. For over 40 years and perhaps 40 more, we have witnessed the emergence and takeover of the music industry from a plethora of talented artists, producers and DJ’s.

As we get closer to the weekend, Straight Official and TenthLetterMedia like to take you back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays where we shine the light on album releases that dropped around this time. This week we take a look at 2 debuts and a third-time charm from one of Hip-Hop’s most beloved artist. Thank you for rocking with us as always and be sure to check with us each Thursday and we bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGetIt

August 24th 1999: The High & Mighty Release Home Field Advantage

Considered the hottest part of the summer, the 8th month of ‘99 would play host to some of the hottest MC’s coming together for one hell of a debut album. Mr. Eon and DJ Mighty Mi would connect like Voltron to break onto the scene under Rawkus Records. The production on this debut also featured The Alchemist as well as Reef. When it came to features, Rawkus knew how to stack the deck as they littered this project with the likes of Pharoahe Monche, Mos Def and Eminem to name a few! While the album may not have been successful by industry standards, the project itself is considered in many circles a classic in Hip-Hop.

August 24th 1993: The Alkaholiks Release 21 & Over

The West Coast made its impression felt once the movement made it’s way to Cali. The trio of Tash, J-Ro and E-Swift would stake their claim in Hip-Hop with their debut under Loud/RCA Records. Pulling double duty on the boards and in the booth, The Liks would team with King Tee and Lootpack on production and give us just over 30 minutes of that pure, underground Hip-Hop. Some of the memorable singles from the project include “ Make Room” and “ Likwit” and was an essential party album during a time where most of the MC’s would rather bang than boogie.

August 22nd 2006: J Dilla Releases The Shining

The Hip-Hop world would collectively mourn in February of 2006 when J Dilla would pass away. The third project from the legendary artist/producer would be composed posthumously. Fellow producers Madlib and J Rocc would also join him as the album featured Busta Rhymes, Black Thought and Common. J Dilla’s experimental nature is what drew others to him like moths to a flame. His overall growth within his craft was on full display and this project was herald as his Magnum Opus. It’s safe to say that artists such as Kanye West were heavily influenced by the late Hip-Hop pioneer.

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[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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