[THROWBACK THURSDAYS] Hip-Hop Variety via @TenthLetterMed
There’s an old saying that variety is the spice of life. The movement known as Hip-Hop has thrived off of this saying for over 4 decades, providing us with both timeless music and artists. The genre itself has become the most influential due to the artists that refused to become complacent.
TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are back at you a few days before the weekend with #ThrowbackThursdays where we go back in the day to shine the spotlight on three album releases from Hip-Hop’s most notable MC’s. We thank you for rocking with us and check back with us each Thursday and we continue to bring you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGo
September 22, 1992: Redman Releases Whut Thee Album
Towards the end of summer in ‘92, the Hip-Hop world was formally introduced to Reggie Noble aka Redman as he would debut under Def Jam/Chaos Recordings. The Hit Squad member would bring his partner-in-rhyme Erick Sermon along for production alongside Pete Rock and the project would be received well amongst even the toughest music critics. “Tonight’s The Night” is one of the lead singles off the album which helped it reach #5 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Funk Doc’s IDGAF mentality and lyrical technique would make this debut album a must-have for Hip-Hop heads.
September 20, 1994: Craig Mack Releases Project Funk da World
Hip-Hop has always been about bravado, style and flavor. Craig Mack had one goal when he released his debut album under Bad Boy Records and that was to bring that flavor to your ear!! The album would come right behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die and despite having to come behind such an iconic album, it did exceedingly well. The production was handled by Easy Mo Bee, Puff Daddy and Mack himself. “Flava in Ya Ear” would serve as the lead single that would reach platinum status while the project as a whole would reach gold status in 1995. The remix to the hot single would feature B.I.G., LL Cool J and Busta Rhymez and it was CRAZY!!
September 20, 2000: Cam’ron Releases S.D.E.
Stepping back in the booth for a second time, Dipset affiliate Cam’ron would bless us with the long-anticipated sophomore project. Originally the album was to drop in ‘99 but the wait was worth it as new songs were added to the album. The production would be handled by Trackmasters, Dame Grease and Lance “Un” Rivera to name a few. Cam’s flamboyant style and lyrical spit would be highlighted on singles such as “Double Up” and “Why No”. The album would also include features from the industry’s hottest artists from Destiny’s Child, ODB, Noreaga and Juelz Santana. The sophomore jinx would also miss Cam as the album would debut at #2 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and secure a #14 spot on Billboard Top 200 charts respectively.