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With the summer coming to an end, we prepare to break out the hoodies and embrace the fall season. Hip-Hop is an ongoing movement and no matter the season, it will continue to influence and shape our society and culture. This summer alone has shown and that the genre is not only alive and well but shows no signs of slowing down or stopping.

TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine are all about the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop, which is why we are back at you for #ThrowbackThursdays where we shine the light upon three album releases that took place around this time back in the day. This week, we dug deep in the crates to highlight three of the game’s most notable MC’s. As always, we thank you for rocking with us each week and be sure to tune in with us each Thursday! #GetSOM #DueSeason #LetsGetIt

September 29th 1998: Jay-Z Releases Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

The old saying goes that the third time’s the charm, and Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z would reflect that statement as he would return to the booth to drop this dope album under Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records. The project boasted a plethora of producers ranging from Swizz Beats, Timbaland, Premiere, Erick Sermon and Stevie J to name a few. Jigga gave us over 60 minutes of that pure, East Coast Hip-Hop sound that made him a mainstay in the industry. While Reasonable Doubt is considered by most as his best album, Hard Knock Life was the most successful commercially as it would sell 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Four powerful singles including “Can I Get A…” and “Jigga What, Jigga Who” would secure #1 spots on both Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. With the project going 5x’s platinum and snagging a Grammy for Best Rap Album, it’s safe to say that Jigga cemented his place in the industry with this charm of an album.

September 29th 1980: Kurtis Blow Releases his self-titled debut

One of the movement’s most influential MC’s would break onto the scene in September of 1980. Kurtis Blow would formally introduce his brand of Hip-Hop to the masses under Mercury Records. The production on the project would be handled by J.B. Moore and Robert Ford. The album featured one of the most sampled songs in Hip-Hop history in “The Breaks” which displayed his lyrical prowess. The album would also boast a B-Side which would include instrumentals as well as two bonus tracks. Another single from the project titled “ Takin’ Care of Business” would be one of the few Hip-Hop tracks that would be used to crossover to Rock n’ Roll. Kurtis is one of the many pioneers of the genre and this debut would help to cement his legacy in Hip-Hop.

September 29th 1998: Outkast Releases Aquemini


The two dope boys in a Cadillac would also bless us with a third studio album under LaFace Records. The unique title of the album is a linguistic word blend of Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s astrological signs. The project was produced by Outkast as well as Organized Noize and Mr. DJ. While staying the course with the futuristic theme that was explored in ATLiens, the album would also touch on a number of different topics including addiction and basic human nature. The third time would also be the charm for the duo as the album would be achieve platinum status just two months after it’s release! Iconic singles such as “Rosa Parks” and “Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1)” would propel the album to a #2 spots on both Billboard Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. With this project it would appear that Andre 3000 was right when he said at the Source Awards years ago that the South had something to say!!

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