On this date in 1993, De La Soul dropped their third full length studio album
The legendary Long Island Hip Hop trio known as De La Soul showed and proved that the third time is the charm when they released their Buhloone Mindstate album two years after their oxymoronic De La Soul Is Dead LP. Marketed and promoted by Tommy Boy Records for DSL’s third time around, Buhloone Mindstate flew pretty much under the radar, but still managed to make 10th on comedian Chris Rock‘s top 25 Hi pHop albums of all time as published by Rolling Stone magazine.
The most familiar single would be “Breakadawn”, which features the unforgetable samples from Michael Jackson‘s “I Can’t Help It” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Quiet Storm”. Even the late great Guru from Gangstarr made an appearance on “Patti Dooke”, making this project one of the most well rounded LP’s from the three Plugs.
Salute to Trugoy, Mace and Posdnous for this classic project!
On this date 28 years ago, Scott Sterling aka DJ Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions was shot and killed in the South Bronx
In an attempt to break up a fight on 167th and University Avenue near the Highbridge Housing Projects in the South Bronx, Scott Sterling, known to the world as DJ Scott La Rock of the mighty Boogie Down Productions, was shot and killed, he died on the scene.
The shooting was the first of its kind in Hip Hop, with BDP being one of the main artists to usher in the “Golden Era”, it was a shock to the entire Hip Hop community to have KRS-1‘s DJ shot in cold blood. Ironically, this happened during the apex of their classic debut album Criminal Minded, where Scott and Kris were posing with pistols, rifles and no smiles. Sterling’s death fueled KRS to start the Stop The Violence Movement, which was widely publicized with the By All Means Necessary album and the star studded “Self Destruction” single.
RIP to Scott La Rock! He Still Lives Thru His Music!
The Shining is the second official solo album released nine years ago from the late Hip Hop legend J Dilla
The Shining is the incomplete album set for release at the time of Hip Hop great J Dilla‘s passing and was completed after his death on February 10, 2006.
Aside from the instrumental album entitled Donuts, The Shining was the first full-length solo album release by J Dilla (since the Welcome 2 Detroit feature five years earlier) and was highly anticipated. It was officially released on August 22, 2006 through BBE Records. An instrumental version all produced by J Dilla followed its release shortly afterward, check it out below…
The Thorton Brothers dropped their first full length studio release on this date in 2002
12 years ago, Terrence and Gene Thorton aka Pusha T and Malice put out ‘Lord Willin’, The Clipse‘s debut album that helped them solidify their spots within honorable mention of some of the best lyricists in the game.
Produced exclusively by the Neptunes on Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak imprint, the album displayed The Clipse’s microphone prowess, which helps the squares navigate through their cocaine flooded street slang. Along with artists like Timbaland and Magoo, Missy Elliot and Pharrell, The Clipse was an intricate part of establishing VA as one of the East Coast’s strongholds in Hip Hop, which made room for artists like Chris Brown and Wale to add on to the legacy.
Some of the most memorable gems from the Twin Thorton’s first album include “Cot Damn” featuring their Re-Up Gang affiliates Ab-Liva and Philly’s Roscoe P. Coldchain, “When The Last Time” with their Star Trak team members Kelis and Pharrell and the infamous “Grindin'” with remixes featuring Noreaga, and another infamous duo, Lil Wayne and Birdman.
Salute to Pusha, No Malice, Pharrell and the rest of the Star Trak team for pushing out this timeless classic!
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, released their 2nd LP “East 1999 Eternal July 25, 1995, on Ruthless Records
Four months after the death of rapper/executive producer Eazy-E, Oleveland rap quartet Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their 2nd studio album East 1999 Eternal. Today marks 20 years since the release of the HipHop classic. With songs like “Tha Crossroads” and “First of The Month”, the album became the group’s best-selling album, with over five million copies sold in the United States and ten million worldwide.
The melodic LP samples songs like “Make Me Say It Again Girl” by The Isley Brothers on “Tha Crossroads”; “Reasons” by Earth, Wind & Fire on “Budsmokers Only”; “I’d Rather Be With You” by Bootsy’s Rubber Band on “Mo Murda” and “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March on “Me Killa”, making it an instant cult classic.
“Tha Crossroads”, dedicated to Easy E, is Bone’s Grammy Award–winning song, as well as one of the group’s most popular and biggest selling single to date; check it out above.
On this date in 1987, Ladies Love released his third full length album on the legendary Def Jam Records
Today In Hip Hop History marks 28 years since the release of LL Cool J‘s third studio LP, Bigger And Deffer, on Def Jam Records.
Recorded in the legendary Chung King Studios in NYC between ’87-’88, this album is one of Hip Hop’s Golden Era classics, which yielded one of the genre’s prototype songs, “I Need Love”, which was dubbed Hip Hop first “love ballad”. This album also solidified LL’s position in the game, from his signature Kangol being exclusively his, since another Queens MC, MC Shan, had once claimed the Kangol crown, to his own personal line of TROOP outerwear and sneakers.
Other timeless tracks on this LP include “I’m Bad”, which was accompanied by a video, the salacious “Kanday”, and the ode to his former DJ “Go Cut Creator, Go”.
Salute to that era of the Def Jam team that put together this classic gem!
18 years ago today, Missy Elliott debuted on the Hip Hop scene with her premier album and the rest is history
July 15, 1997 was the day Hip Hop diva Missy Elliott released her first work of art. The first time the world heard her soulful voice sing “I can’t stand the rain against my window…”, it was a instant Hip Hop classic. Her superproducer/partner Timbaland made sure the beats were banging in clubs and on radios worldwide, creating a classic sound for the new millennium and putting Virginia on the map. Supa Dupa Fly was recorded at the Master Sound Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia and it was produced solely by Timbaland and Missy herself.
28 years ago today, Eric B. and Rakim released their first album on 4th and Broadway Records
On this date in 1987, Eric Barrier and William “Pop” Griffith, more commonly known as iconic rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, dropped their classic Paid In Full LP.
Ever since the “Eric B. For President” single featuring a young Long Islander named Rakim Allah was released in the summer of ’86(which was produced by Marley Marl), the fans were feigning for more of the God with the slow flow, so the two were scooped up by Russell Simmons and the genesis of Paid In Full began.
As the prototype album of Hip Hop’s “Golden Era”, everything from song arrangement, album artwork and even their wardrobe on the album cover became iconic items of that time period. Manufactured and distributed by indie label Zakia/4th and Broadway Records, the album’s anticipation and response was so unprecedented, it earned the duo a new contract with Uni Records for the sophomore project.
A few of the the ten track classic’s stand out songs include “Move The Crowd”, “I Ain’t No Joke”, “I Know You Got Soul” and the classic title track, “Paid In Full”.
Even though Eric B. and Rakim are no longer together as a group, this album solidified them as one of the greatest Hip Hop duo’s in the culture’s history and we here at The Source salute them for that. Peace!
Hip Hop mogul Shawn Carter drops his most recent full length album on this date in 2013
On the Fourth of July in 2013, Jay-Z released his highly anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail album via free digital download to all Samsung customers and was made available for retail sale just four days later.
Released on his newly established Roc Nation imprint, Hov hired the best of guests emcees, singers and producers to put together his twelfth album including Mrs. Carter, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Swizz Beats and many others. In just shy of two months, MCHG was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Timeless tracks that will forever be etched in music history from MCHG include “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” featuring Rick Ross, “Tom Ford”, “Picasso Baby” and of course the title track, which was melded together from the minds of Timberlake, The Dream, Jigga and the late Kurt Cobain.
Salute to Jay for giving the people something to rock every summer, but let’s remember to keep that Magna Carta in heavy rotation during the 4th of July.
Three years ago today, Prodigy dropped the third addition to the “H.N.I.C. Series”
The debut solo album by NYC crime rhyme rapper Prodigy of the Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep was released on November 14, 2000. After four Mobb Deep albums, Prodigy took a temporary break from the group projects and released his first solo LP for The “H.N.I.C. Series”, which is an acronym for “Head Nigga In Charge” for those who are unfamiliar with the term.
H.N.I.C 2 was released on April 22, 2008. H.N.I.C. 3 is the third solo studio LP dropped by Prodigy, today July 3rd, in 2012 under P’s Infamous Records imprint. The album features guest appearances from N.O.R.E., Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Havoc and with production from The Alchemist and even T.I. The Deluxe edition, with four bonus tracks, had an alternate cover and check out the H.N.I.C. 3 Mixtape on DatPiff