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.