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.