[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Icons In Time via @TenthLetterMed
What do The RZA, Royce Da 5’9, 50 Cent, Charizma, Inspectah Deck, Rhymefest and Joell Ortiz all have in common? Besides the fact they are some of Hip-Hop’s most noteworthy MC’s, they all are celebrating birthdays this week and we give shouts out to these leaders in the movement!
One day closer to the weekend, we like to take you back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays. This week, we’re diggin’ in the crates to take a look at three album releases from some of our favorite artists both then and now! We thank you for rocking with us and check in with us every Thursday as Straight Official Magazine and TenthLetterMedia bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO
July 2nd 1996: Nas Releases It Was Written
Remember when 50 told us about switching the style up? Nas would implement this way of thinking on his second effort under Columbia Records. Though Illmatic was revered a classic debut by many, the Queensbridge MC would abandon the raw and gritty style and aim for the mainstream with production primarily handled by Trackmasters. While some fans moaned and groaned, he would eventually solidify himself amongst other artists such as Raekwon and Jay-Z at that time. To say it was his most successful album is an understatement. Timeless singles like “If I Ruled The World” and “Street Dreams” would see the album debut at #1 on Billboard charts and eventual double-platinum status with 2 million units sold in the U.S. alone!
July 2nd 1991: Slick Rick Releases The Ruler’s Back
The original storyteller of Hip-Hop would also give us his sophomore effort 5 years before Nas doing so. The British-born MC would also pull double duty on this project, working on production with Mr. Lee and Vance Wright. While the album was received well by critics, it would have that “rushed” feel to it as it and all visuals for the project were done before Rick the Ruler would serve a 5-year prison stint. While singles like “I Shouldn’t Have Done It” would reach as high as #2 on Rap Singles charts, the overall placement on Billboard charts saw the album sit at #’s 18 and 20 respectively.
July 2nd 1991: Geto Boys Releases We Can’t Be Stopped
Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill are forever an institution to the Gangsta style of Hip-Hop. One the same day as Slick Rick, the Geto Boys would release their fourth album under the iconic Rap-A-Lot Records. The trio would handle production alongside Roland and Simon. The album cover for this project was controversial as it portrayed an actual incident in Bushwick’s personal life. Perhaps the most memorable song from the album is “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” which in some circles, proved without a shadow of doubt that no one could get dark and dirty like the South.
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.