[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Way Back When via @TenthLetterMed
For over 40 years, Hip-Hop has and will continue to be the most influential genre of music. From its inception to where it stands today, this movement swept the nation and the world as a phenomenon unlike any other.
TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine like to take the 5th day of the week to go back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays to highlight album releases of some of Hip-Hop’s most notable artists. Be sure to check in with us every Thursday as we dig in the crates to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO!!
July 13th 1999: Gang Starr Releases Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
One of Hip-Hop’s most prominent duos, Guru and DJ Premiere would compile over 30 songs from their extensive catalog to produce a double CD. Released under Virgin Records, the jazz-infused style of East Coast Hip-Hop was well received by music critics all over. The compilation album would feature three singles in “Full Clip”, “All 4 the Ca$h” and “Discipline” that were not only brand new but would also propel the album to #11 on Billboard charts as well as gold certification. Features on the compilation include Inspectah Deck, M.O.P., K-Ci & JoJo and Nice and Smooth to name a few and serves as a classic on Hip-Hop.
July 14th 1998: Beastie Boys Releases Hello Nasty
Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D would return to the studio to bless us with their fifth studio album under Capitol Records. Known for being the party group, the Beastie Boys would make a few changes to their personnel and in this case, change would be a great thing! The album would sell over 650,000 units in the first week along with a debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Hit singles such as “Intergalactic” would not only warrant success on the charts but also two Grammy awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The album would reach triple platinum status and further complement their place in Hip-Hop as pioneers.
July 13th 1998: Noreaga Releases N.O.R.E.
One half of the duo known as C-N-N, Noreaga would make his solo debut under Penalty Recordings. The project would feature a plethora of producers from The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Marley Marl and Dame Grease and have features from fellow NY MC’s such as The LOX, Busta Rhymez and Cam’ron. The album was a success as it reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and with the hot single “Superthug” the debut would prove that Noreaga would be able to flourish as a solo artist. “Banned From T.V.” is my personal favorite and in some circles, the debut as a whole was 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.