[FLASH BACK FRIDAY] “SUMMER HEAT”
After a long break due to site updates, we are finally BACK! First and foremost, we want to take some time out to acknowledge Hip-Hop’s official birthday last week. With the genre turning 44 this year, the movement continues to flourish and remain one of the world’s most influential forms of music.
Better late than never, we alongside Straight Official Magazine are changing the style up a bit and hitting you with #FlashbackFridays where we take a look back in the day at album releases from some of the genre’s most renowned artists. We hope you enjoy our new look of the site and stay tuned with us each and every Thursday as we dig in the crates to highlight the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop #GetSOM #DueSeason #LEGGO
August 16th 1994: Organized Konfusion Releases Stress: The Extinction Agenda
The duo of Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch would combine to form Organized Konfusion and would bless us with their sophomore project under Hollywood BASIC/Elektra Records. With production from both Rockwilder and Buckwild, the album would receive great reviews and in some circles it’s considered an underground Hip-Hop classic. Singles such as “Stress” and “Let’s Organize” would propel the album to #28 on Billboard Top 25 R&B/Hip-Hop charts and the true lyricism of both Po and Monch would be on full display.
August 17th 1999: Mobb Deep Releases Murda Musik
The most infamous duo from Queensbridge would return to the booth for their fourth album under Loud/Columbia Records. While the saying is “third time’s a charm” is common to most artists, Havoc and the late Prodigy were anything but common. With a plethora of producers including The Alchemist, T-Mix and Epitome this project would go on to debut at #3 on Billboard Top 200 but reach platinum status in just two months after it’s release. The iconic single “Quiet Storm” is a beautiful blend of Smokey Robinson and Grandmaster Melle Mel samples with the gritty flavor of Hip-Hop that only Mobb Deep could give you. A must own album for those who love Hip-Hop!
August 17th 1993: Scarface Releases The World Is Yours
Back at the plate for his second album, Scarface would avoid the “sophomore jinx” that has plagued other artists with a solid effort under Rap-A-Lot Records. Though some felt that this album wasn’t as great as his first, the numbers don’t lie as the album crept into the Top 10 of Billboard 200 and secured the #1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop charts respectively. The lead single “Let It Roll” was a classic and Billboard Top 100 felt so as well as it snagged a spot on the list. Face would only further cement his legacy in Hip-Hop with this album and add to his impressive catalog.
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.