As diverse as Hip-Hop is and always should be, one cannot ignore the overall influence that is has on it’s artists. The effect of this is the sub genre labeling of a number of MC’s in the game. Whether your favorite artist was labeled either a conscious or gangsta rapper, the lineage of this movement will be forever documented by their manuscripts.

No matter the label, we here at TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine embrace the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop. Beginning today, we will be taking our crate-digging to Fridays as #FlashbackFridays will now be our regular scheduled day of recognition of some of the game’s notable artists. As always, we thank you for rocking with us and check us out on our new day for your fix of Hip-Hop culture!! #GetSOM #DueSeason

October 19th 1999: Pharoahe Monch Releases Internal Affairs

If there was one constant that resonated with the defunct Rawkus Records was the fact that it was home to some of Hip-Hop’s most lyrical MC’s. In the fall of ‘99, one half of the duo Organized Konfusion would make his debut under Rawkus/Priority Records. Monch would come into his own style under the production of The Alchemist, Diamond D and DJ Scratch. His debut was well received by most critics and would take respectable spots on Billboard Top 200 (#41) and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts (#6). The memorable single “Simon Says” would also become a Hot 100 hit and fully display Monch’s lyrical technique. The project would also boast great features from artists including Busta Rhymes, Common, Talib Kweli and many more.

October 19th 1999: Handsome Boy Modeling School Releases So…How’s Your Girl?

Also making their debut in the fall of 99, Prince Paul and Dan the Automator would collab to devise this unique project under Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records. It was in this meeting of the minds that “trip hop” would also be introduced as elements such as Hip-Hop and electronica would be blended beyond recognition. The duo would also produce this project and it would feature collabs with legends in the movement such as Grand Puba, Sadat X and Del the Funkee Homosapien. While the album would receive mixed reviews from critics, it served as a ideal of what could be when producers wanted to venture from behind the boards. HBMS would not release another project for 5 years after their debut.

October 19th 1993: Black Moon Releases Enta da Stage

The trio of Buckshot, 5th and DJ Evil Dee would connect like Voltron to become Black Moon and debut under Nervous Records in the fall of ‘93. The production duties would be handled by Dee and Walt, which would also give us a reunion of Da Beatminerz for over 50 minutes of pure, East Coast Hip-Hop. While the debut would be lead by 4 singles including “How Many MC’s” and “Buck Em Down” and would chart well on Billboard, the project would not sell due to being overlooked by larger projects by Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and countless others. In spite of not being successful in sales, one cannot deny the importance of a project like this that aided in Hip-Hop’s resurgence during the 1990’s.

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