While categorized as a genre of music, Hip-Hop is a movement that has cultivated our society and is the most influential genre of music today. For over 40 years and perhaps 40 more, we have witnessed the emergence and takeover of the music industry from a plethora of talented artists, producers and DJ’s.

As we get closer to the weekend, Straight Official and TenthLetterMedia like to take you back in the day with #ThrowbackThursdays where we shine the light on album releases that dropped around this time. This week we take a look at 2 debuts and a third-time charm from one of Hip-Hop’s most beloved artist. Thank you for rocking with us as always and be sure to check with us each Thursday and we bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGetIt

August 24th 1999: The High & Mighty Release Home Field Advantage

Considered the hottest part of the summer, the 8th month of ‘99 would play host to some of the hottest MC’s coming together for one hell of a debut album. Mr. Eon and DJ Mighty Mi would connect like Voltron to break onto the scene under Rawkus Records. The production on this debut also featured The Alchemist as well as Reef. When it came to features, Rawkus knew how to stack the deck as they littered this project with the likes of Pharoahe Monche, Mos Def and Eminem to name a few! While the album may not have been successful by industry standards, the project itself is considered in many circles a classic in Hip-Hop.

August 24th 1993: The Alkaholiks Release 21 & Over

The West Coast made its impression felt once the movement made it’s way to Cali. The trio of Tash, J-Ro and E-Swift would stake their claim in Hip-Hop with their debut under Loud/RCA Records. Pulling double duty on the boards and in the booth, The Liks would team with King Tee and Lootpack on production and give us just over 30 minutes of that pure, underground Hip-Hop. Some of the memorable singles from the project include “ Make Room” and “ Likwit” and was an essential party album during a time where most of the MC’s would rather bang than boogie.

August 22nd 2006: J Dilla Releases The Shining

The Hip-Hop world would collectively mourn in February of 2006 when J Dilla would pass away. The third project from the legendary artist/producer would be composed posthumously. Fellow producers Madlib and J Rocc would also join him as the album featured Busta Rhymes, Black Thought and Common. J Dilla’s experimental nature is what drew others to him like moths to a flame. His overall growth within his craft was on full display and this project was herald as his Magnum Opus. It’s safe to say that artists such as Kanye West were heavily influenced by the late Hip-Hop pioneer.

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