[THROWBACK THURSDAY] The Reign of Bad Boy!
Anyone who is a Hip-Hop head knows that this movement was birthed in the Bronx during the 1970’s. The rhythmic, stylized music that accompanied the mastery of composition was the shoebox for artists to be either boast bravado or promote knowledge.
Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Marley Marl are just a few of the pioneers that laid the foundation and over time there would be many other artists that would give the brick and mortar. The genre would grow to heights taller than most skyscrapers in New York, and would eventually span the globe to influence cultures for generations.
This week we take a look at three albums from one of Hip-Hop’s dominant stables. Bad Boy Records was the prominent labels during the 90’s and would go head-to-head with Death Row Records during the infamous East vs West Coast wars. These albums will turn 20 this year and influenced me as an artist way back then.
The Notorious B.I.G.-Life After Death
Christopher Wallace was the most influential artist from Brooklyn. Riding high from his début album Ready To Die, Biggie would give the world his second and unfortunately last project. The double album dropped in March of 1997 after his death featured timeless tracks like Hypnotize and Mo Money Mo Problems. The album received a few Grammy nods as well as forged a bond between pop and gangsta rap.
In October of 1997 the world was introduced to Harlem by Mason Betha. Emerging from the Children of the Corn alongside Big L and Cam’ron, his début album would reach multi-platinum status with production from Diddy, Jermaine Dupri and an unknown duo known as the Neptunes to name a few. His unique drawl over blends of great samples of melodic tones helped songs like Feels So Good reach epic heights on the charts.
Puff Daddy and The Family-No Way Out
The summer of 1997 was a rough but successful one for Sean Combs. In dealing with the death of his friend The Notorious B.I.G., Combs knew there was strength in numbers and decided to make it a family affair. His début album featured the entire Bad Boy family as well as production from New York’s hottest producers. This album hit you right in the feels with songs like I’ll Be Missing You and would go on to receive Grammy nods as well as the award for Best Rap Album in 1998.
Are there any other albums that will turn 20 this year that were dope to you? Let’s talk about it down below.
The author Jerry Miller
Aspiring entertainment writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. I served as the Entertainment Editor for the largest African-American magazine in the city of Indianapolis.