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Believe it or not, we are in the sixth month of 2017 and like the weather outside things are about to heat up! Hip-Hop has always produced during the summer with a number of artists either debuting or building on their respective catalogs.
With #ThrowbackThursday upon us once again, we take a look back in the day at some of the genre’s milestones. We here at TenthLetterMedia love Hip-Hop and through the vessel of Straight Official Magazine, we will continue to highlight this movement and the lifestyle and culture that it represents.
Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig through the crates to recognize some of Hip-Hop’s great accomplishments…LEGGO!!
June 1, 1999: Ja Rule releases Venni Vetti Vecci
He came, saw and conquered Hip-Hop as the frontman for Murder Inc. uniquely titled his debut album. Ja Rule was widely popular as his gritty, East Coast style of Hip-Hop was making huge noise alongside label mates Jay-Z and DMX. The project featured production from Irv Gotti, Erick Sermon and Lil Rob. Despite the comparisons to 2Pac and DMX, Rule would continue to carve his own mark in Hip-Hop. The album drew close to 200K in sales within the first week and debut at #3 on the Billboard charts before eventually going platinum. The single “Holla Holla” still bangs hard to this day and the album would serve as a stepping off point for Ja’s career, that is until he got under the skin of 50 Cent but that’s another story.
June 1, 1993: LL Cool J releases 14 Shots to the Dome
Def Jam veteran and Hip-Hop pioneer LL Cool J would bless us with his fifth studio album. Riding off the immense success of “Mama Said Knock You Out”, the Queens MC would present a different style than we were used to. Production on the album featured QDIII and Marley Marl and some fans weren’t ready to embrace the “West Coast” version of LL, where some would say this caused the project to only reach gold status. Singles off the album include “Back Seat (of My Jeep)” which would be sampled later by R&B diva Monica for her debut album. Despite the moans and groans of the fans, the album would sit at #1 on top US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
May 31, 1995: Luniz releases I Got 5 On It
In late May/early June of 1995, the Luniz would introduce themselves to the world by claiming what they had on the sac. Serving as the lead single off the album “Operation Stackola”, the duo of Yukmouth and Numskull would advance West Coast Hip-Hop to unbelievable highs (pun intended). Tone Capone would handle all production on the album and the single would eventually be certified platinum. The dope samples from Club Noveau and Kool and the Gang make this a classic in Hip-Hop and still is relevant in 2017.
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.