[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Summertime in Hip-Hop via @TenthLetterMed
At long last, summer is officially here! This time of year brings not only hotter temps but also some of the hottest albums from our favorite Hip-Hop artists. Shout out to DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince for giving us the undisputed champion of anthems with their hit “Summertime.” Once I hear that song over the airwaves it makes it officially summer for me.
Nostalgia is king here at TLM and we alongside Straight Official Magazine like to take the 5th day of the week to go back in the day for #ThrowbackThursdays. This week we take a look at a few debuts in the game as well as final curtain call for one of the genre’s premier acts. Be sure to check in with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to display Hip-Hop’s greatness….LEGGO!!!
June 21st 1988: Big Daddy Kane Debuts with Long Live the Kane
During the genesis of Hip-Hop’s Golden Age, BDK would step on the scene and leave an impression that could never be duplicated. His debut album, released under Cold Chillin’ Records was over 40 minutes of lyrical prowess and coverage of an array of different topics. The project was solely produced by the legendary Marley Marl and boasted several classic singles like “Ain’t No Half Steppin”, “Word to the Mother” and “Raw” (my personal fav). LLTK would go on to not only be certified gold status but also highlighted in Check The Technique, a novel that breaks down the making of 36 classic Hip-Hop albums
June 22nd 1993: Intelligent Hoodlum Releases Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
Three years after his self-titled debut album, the sophomore effort of the Queens MC would be significant as he would no longer use the moniker and became now known as Tragedy Khadafi. The album would have familiar production as Marley Marl would work alongside K-Def and Epitome of Scratch to give us that gritty, NY sound. Singles like “Street Life” and “The Posse (Shoot ‘Em Up)” would propel the album up Top Hip-Hop/R&B charts and receive praise from even the toughest critics. Sometimes change can be a good thing.
June 23rd 1992: Eric B. & Rakim Releases Don’t Sweat the Technique
One of Hip-Hop’s most dynamic duos, Eric B. & Rakim would take a victory lap with their fourth and final project together. With the formula already in place, this album was the perfect blend of jazz and Hip-Hop and we began to hear a more politically charged Rakim through the hit single “Casualties of War.” My personal favorite was “Know the Ledge” which would go on to be featured in the classic film Juice and served as an influence to some of the genre’s biggest artist like 50 Cent. The album would land at #9 on the Billboard Top R&B Album charts and #22 on Billboard 200 respectively and is without a doubt a CLASSIC!
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.