[FLASHBACK FRIDAY] The Break Outs via @TenthLetterMed
Just in case you’ve been under a rock the past few months, Hip-Hop is indeed alive and well! The most influential genre of music continues to grow after 4 decades and was recently celebrated at 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Even with the divisive mindstate being forced upon us, this movement will stand the test of time as it always has.
One day away from the weekend and you know how we and Straight Official Magazine rock when it comes to the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop. This time around we’re coming at you with #FlashbackFridays where we highlight three album releases that took place around this time. This week we shine the light on artists breaking onto the scene. Be sure to check with us next week at our regularly scheduled day of Thursday, and thank you as always for rocking with us! #GetSOM #DueSeason
October 9th 2001: T.I. Releases I’m Serious
In most circles he is revered as the King of the South. In the fall of 2001, T.I. would introduce the world to trap music with his debut under Arista Records. Clifford Harris would also executive produce his project alongside some of the game’s heavy hitters in production like The Neptunes and Lil Jon to name a few! While the album was received well by most, a lot of folks just wasn’t catchin the vibe as some fans cried foul accusations of rip-off tracks. Coupled with dismal record sales, he was released from Arista and would go on to reboot with his own imprint (Grand Hustle Records) two years later under Atlantic Records. Three #1 albums in a row just goes to show just how serious Tip was about becoming successful despite a rocky start to his career.
October 12th 1999: Mos Def Releases Black on Both Sides
It’s unfortunate that Rawkus Records subsided because it was truly home to some of the gems of Hip-Hop. One in particular is also one half of the supergroup known as Black Star. Mos Def would introduce himself to the masses under while aligning with producers ranging from Ayatollah and 88-Keys to DJ Premier and Diamond D to devise this great album. Singles like “Ms. Fat Booty” and “Umi Says” would propel the album to the top spot on Billboard Top Rap Album chart and #3 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts respectively. Black Dante would go on to enjoy success in both Hip-Hop and Hollywood while remaining the same way he titled his debut.
October 10th 1995: AZ Releases Do or Die
The era of Mafioso music was alive and well in ‘95 and AZ was ready to rock his derby in the game. Debuting under the label known as EMI, he would deliver his brand of East Coast spit over the production of Buckwild, Pete Rock, L.E.S., Amar Pep and Ski to name a lot! The project would be considered a success with a #15 spot on Billboard Top 200 and a #1 lock on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts as well. While the album boasted a number of memorable singles, “Sugar Hill” would be the one to bring gold literally, and is one of my personal favorites. This album is one that true heads would not only appreciate but have to own.