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The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life
The 18th Letter is the debut solo album of American emcee Rakim, released November 4, 1997 on Universal Records in the United States. It is his first release of new material, following a five-year hiatus after Don't Sweat the Technique as duo Eric B. & Rakim. The album features production by DJ Clark Kent, Pete Rock, Father Shaheed, Nick Wiz and DJ Premier. It contains lyrical themes that concern the hip hop's golden age, Rakim's rapping prowess, and the state of hip hop. The album's title refers to the letter "R" being the eighteenth letter of the english alphabet.
The album debuted at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold 500,000 copies in the United States. A deluxe version of The 18th Letter was sold with the compilation disc The Book of Life, an Eric B. & Rakim greatest hits collection. The Book of Life was also issued separately as a double vinyl LP in 1997.
Whut? Thee Album
Whut? Thee Album is the debut studio album by American rapper Redman; it was released on September 22, 1992 by Def Jam Recordings and Chaos Recordings, a dimension of Columbia Records. While taking place at Ian London Studios, North Shore Soundworks and Power Play Studios, recording sessions began in 1991 and continued into 1992. The album heavily features production from mentor and fellow Hit Squad member Erick Sermon, as well as Redman himself under his birth name, with additional production from Pete Rock.
Upon its release, Whut? Thee Album debuted at number 49 on the US Billboard 200. In June 1993, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, exceeding the sales of 500,000 copies in the United States. The album initially garnered favorable reviews from music critics due to Redman's humorous lyrics, and the album's production, which was noted as having the "EPMD sound." Over the years, Whut? has been commonly esteemed as a classic hip hop album, and along with Muddy Waters, it is widely regarded as Redman's best work.
Dead Serious is the debut studio album of American hip hop duo Das EFX, released April 7, 1992 on compact disc and audio cassette on East West Records and distributed through Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn, New York and at Charlie Marotta's North Shore Soundworks studio in Long Island, New York.
The album was a certified hit, peaking at 16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for five weeks and reaching platinum sales by 1993. Well-received upon its release, Dead Serious has since been regarded by music writers as a significant and influential album in hip hop.
Project: Funk Da World
Project: Funk da World is the debut studio album by rapper Craig Mack, released September 20, 1994. The album was the second release on Bad Boy Records, following The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic Ready to Die by one week. Propelled by the success of the Platinum RIAA-selling smash hit single "Flava in Ya Ear", the album was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 22, 1995 and has sold over 650,000 copies in the United States. "Flava in Ya Ear" also featured a successful remix, featuring guest verses from The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Rampage and LL Cool J. The album's second single, "Get Down", was the rapper's second Top 40 hit in 1994, & achieved Gold sales status in the United States on April 5, 1995 and has sold over 550,000 copies.
Though commercially successful & acclaimed at the time of its release, the album was overshadowed by the massive success of Ready to Die, and Craig Mack quickly lost public image, releasing only one other album, the commercially unsuccessful Operation: Get Down, in 1997.
Hard To Earn
Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the hip hop duo Gang Starr. It was released in March 8, 1994 and featured the singles "Mass Appeal", "DWYCK", and "Code of the Streets". Guest appearances on the album include Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, and Big Shug. At the time, all were part of the Gang Starr Foundation, which made the album a stepping-stone for future DJ Premier-helmed projects by Group Home and Jeru. The single "DWYCK" recorded in 1992 also featured hip hop duo Nice & Smooth. The track "Now You're Mine" originally appeared on the 1992 soundtrack White Men Can't Rap.
Hard to Earn is also the duo's first album to carry the "Parental Advisory" label.
Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
Ol' Dirty Bastard
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is the solo debut album of American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard, released March 28, 1995 on Elektra Records in the United States. It was the second solo album, after Method Man's Tical, to be released from the nine-member Wu-Tang clan, following the release of their debut album. Return to the 36 Chambers was primarily produced by RZA, with additional production from Ol' Dirty Bastard, and affiliates True Master and 4th Disciple. The album features guest appearances from Wu-Tang members GZA, RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa, as well as several Wu-Tang affiliates and Brooklyn Zu.
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album sold 81,000 copies in its first week, and was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 21, 1995. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, with many complimenting Ol' Dirty Bastard's bizarre lyrical delivery and RZA's eerie production.
A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is the debut studio album from American hip hop group Black Sheep, released October 22, 1991, on Mercury Records.
The album peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. By April 1992, it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States.
Return of the Boom Bap
Return of the Boom Bap is KRS-One's first official solo album, released in 1993 on the Jive Records label. It peaked on the Billboard 200 charts at position 37 on October 16, 1993. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The record was originally rated 4 mics in The Source in 1993. According to KRS One the album has sold over 300,000 copies
Unlike the majority of the Boogie Down Productions LP's, KRS here takes a step back from the production duties and invites rising underground stars DJ Premier, Showbiz and Kid Capri to handle the beats in addition to his four contributions. The track "P Is Still Free" appeared on the Menace to Society soundtrack labeled as a B.D.P. track. The track "Black Cop" was originally released as a 12" single and a track for the CB4 movie soundtrack, thus also labeled as a B.D.P. track.
Back In Business
Back in Business is the return 5th album from the hip-hop duo EPMD, which broke up because of personal problems in 1992. After releasing four successful albums between 1988 and 1992, the duo returned with another successful effort. The single "Da Joint" became their second Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1997.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 17, 1997.
Here Come The Lords
Lords Of The Underground
Here Come the Lords is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Lords of the Underground, released on September 28, 1993 by Pendulum and Elektra Records. It was produced by Marley Marl, K-Def and DJ Lord Jazz.
The album was a success for the group, making it to #66 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Five singles from the album managed to make it to the billboard charts, "Chief Rocka", "Here Come the Lords", "Funky Child", "Flow On" and "Psycho".
It's A Big Daddy Thing
Big Daddy Kane
It's a Big Daddy Thing is the second full-length album by American rapper Big Daddy Kane. It was released on September 19, 1989.
To date, it is his most successful effort commercially, certified gold by RIAA.
In character with his first album and many other albums of the day, It's a Big Daddy Thing branches out into different styles, from battle rhymes to love ballads and more. His later posturing as a self-proclaimed ladies' man is somewhat foreshadowed by the hit song "Smooth Operator". Also, one of the songs in the album, "Wrath of Kane," appears in live performance taken from the Apollo Theater.
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
In 2004, the song, "Warm it Up, Kane" appeared at classic hip hop radio station Playback FM, in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In 2008, the single "I Get The Job Done" was ranked number 57 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
The track It's a Big Daddy Thing has sampled sound bit from ITC Entertainment ident.
The W is the third studio album by the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. It was released on November 21, 2000, by Loud Records. After their 1997 album Wu-Tang Forever, several of the group's members released solo projects before The W, which has a more rugged, less polished sound than that of most Wu-Tang related albums from that era. The album also features guest appearances from Isaac Hayes, Redman, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, and Junior Reid.
The W debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart with 301,000 copies sold in the first week. It produced several singles, which also charted as well. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 14, 2000, and has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States. Upon its release, The W received generally positive reviews from most music critics based on an aggregate score of 80/100 from Metacritic.
Tical is the debut studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man. It was released November 15, 1994, by Def Jam Records. It was the first Wu-Tang solo album released after the group's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang. Similar to all first generation solo Wu-Tang projects, Tical was mainly produced by group member RZA, who provided a dark, murky and rugged sound. The album features guest appearances from RZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, as well as several affiliates, who would later appear on future group projects. The album's title "Tical" is a slang term for a blunt that has been laced with an adulterant, typically a sweetener or another psychoactive substance. The album title is also a play on the word "methodical". On October 5, 2017, Method Man revealed on the Viceland talk show Desus & Mero that Tical is an acronym for "taking into consideration all lives."
Tical was a commercial success, reaching number 4 on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums.
One for All
One for All is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Brand Nubian, released on December 4, 1990 by Elektra Records. The album was highly acclaimed for its politically charged and socially conscious content. Sales never matched the wide acclaim — the album has only sold 350,000 copies as of May 2013 — but it has remained in print since its 1990 release. The album is mainly produced by Brand Nubian, but it also features production by Skeff Anselm, Stimulated Dummies, and Dave "Jam" Hall. The album's production contains many motifs of hip hop's golden age including James Brown-sampled breakbeats and funky R&B loops. The album is broken down track-by-track by Brand Nubian in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.
The Coming is the debut studio album by American rapper Busta Rhymes. It was released on March 26, 1996, by Elektra Records. The album features Def Squad members Redman and Keith Murray, Q-Tip, Zhané and several Flipmode Squad members. Production was handled by DJ Scratch, Easy Mo Bee and The Ummah, among others. It serves as Rhymes' first solo album after the break up of former group Leaders of the New School three years prior and Rhymes' first full-length project after numerous guest appearances on other songs with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D and the Boyz and Mary J. Blige.
The record reached number six on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and received a Platinum certification from RIAA after selling 1,000,000 copies in the United States by February 1999. The single, "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check" reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996. Rhymes earned his first nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 39th Grammy Awards.
Ain't A Damn Thing Changed
Nice & Smooth
Ain't a Damn Thing Changed is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Nice & Smooth from The Bronx, NY. It was released on September 17, 1991 via Rush Associated Labels and Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place at Unique Recording Studios and Power Play Studios in New York City. Production was handled primarily by Gregg Nice and Smooth Bee, except song "Paranoia" produced by Louie Vega. Ain't a Damn Thing Changed spawned four singles: "Hip Hop Junkies", "How to Flow", "Cake & Eat It Too" and "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow".
By All Means Necessary
Boogie Down Productions
By All Means Necessary is the second album from American hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, released on May 31, 1988 on Jive Records. After the 1987 murder of DJ-producer Scott La Rock, MC KRS-One moved away from the violent themes that dominated his debut, Criminal Minded, and began writing socially conscious songs using the moniker the Teacher.
Legal Drug Money
Legal Drug Money is the debut album by hip hop group Lost Boyz, featuring members Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou. The album, released on June 4, 1996, features five hit singles: "Renee", "Music Makes Me High", "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz", "Get Up" and "Lifestyles of the Rich & Shameless". The album sold well, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 7, 1996.
Ironman is the debut solo album by American rapper Ghostface Killah, released on October 29, 1996, by Epic Records. It was produced by fellow Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The album's music draws prominently on blaxploitation films and soul samples. More so than on other solo debuts from the group's members, Ironman contains references to the Nation of Gods and Earths.
Ironman peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America Many music critics have praised the album for Ghostface Killah's imaginative lyricism and RZA's production style, with some revering it as one of the greatest Wu-Tang solo albums of all time.
Beneath The Surface
Beneath the Surface is the third solo studio album by American hip hop musician and Wu-Tang Clan member GZA. The album was released on June 29, 1999, by MCA Records.
Naughty By Nature
Naughty By Nature
Naughty by Nature is the self-titled second album from Naughty by Nature, released on September 3, 1991 through Tommy Boy Records. It was a critical and commercial success, having been certified platinum on February 6, 1992, thanks in large part to the hit single, "O.P.P.", which reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. The album is now out of print.
Additional singles released from the album were "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and "Uptown Anthem", both of which were minor hits on the Billboard charts.
The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World
The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World is the debut studio album from American hip hop artist Keith Murray, released September 20, 1994 on Jive Records.
The album peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard 200 chart. By August 1995, it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the United States. The album is now out of print.
Bacdafucup is the debut album by American hip hop group Onyx, released on March 30, 1993 by JMJ Records, Rush Associated Labels and Chaos Recordings. The album was produced by Chyskillz, Jam Master Jay and Kool Tee.
Bacdafucup peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard 200, and number 8 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on October 25, 1993. In 1994, the album was nominated as "Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist" on American Music Awards of 1994 and won "Best Rap Album" on 1994 Soul Train Music Awards.
The album features three the Billboard singles "Throw Ya Gunz", "Slam" and "Shifftee". The first single, "Throw Ya Gunz", became a crossover radio hit. Their breakout single, "Slam", which received heavy airplay on both radio and television, leading the song to reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and get Platinum on August 10, 1993.
Bacdafucup is a groundbreaking hip-hop album, that brought to hip-hop slamdancing, the grimy voice and the bald head fashion.
Enta da Stage
Enta da Stage is the debut album of American East Coast hip hop group Black Moon, released on October 19, 1993 through Nervous Records. The album was produced by DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz. Enta da Stage features the debut of underground hip hop duo Smif-N-Wessun, as well as appearances from Havoc of Mobb Deep and Dru Ha, the co-founder of Duck Down Records.
Despite being critically acclaimed and having two singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the album sold poorly, and is often overlooked in favor of subsequent East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang, Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and The Infamous. Nonetheless, Enta da Stage preceded those releases and served as a precursor to the resurgence of the New York hip hop scene in the mid-1990s.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... is the solo debut album of American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, released on August 1, 1995, by Loud Records and RCA Records. The album was loosely composed to play like a film with Raekwon as the "star," fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah as the "guest-star," and producer RZA as the "director." It features appearances from every member of the Wu-Tang Clan and affiliates Cappadonna, and Blue Raspberry. It also features an acclaimed guest appearance from rapper Nas, which marked the first collaboration with a non-affiliated artist on a Wu-Tang related album.
Upon its release, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while selling 130,000 copies in its opening week. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 2, 1995, and according to Nielsen Soundscan, it has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States alone. Although it failed to acquire the same initial sales success as previous Wu-Tang solo albums, Cuban Linx achieved greater critical praise, with many complimenting its cinematic lyricism and production.
2000 is the second solo studio album by American rapper Grand Puba. It was released on June 20, 1995 through Elektra Records. Recording sessions took place at Soundtrack Studios, Platinum Island Studios, Battery Studios, V. Dubbs Studios, Acme Recording Studios, Fiber Studios, and Chung King Studios in New York. Production was handled by Mark Sparks, Minnesota, DJ Alamo, Chris Liggio and Dante Ross. The album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 and at number 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States.
The album spawned two singles: "I Like It" and "A Little of This". Its lead single, "I Like It", reached #91 on the Billboard Hot 100, #68 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #21 on the Hot Rap Songs, and was featured in the soundtrack for the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2. The album's second single, "A Little of This" featuring backing vocals from Kid, made it to #90 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and also #21 on the Hot Rap Songs.
Biz's Baddest Beats: The Best Of Biz Markie
Capital Punishment is the debut studio album released by rapper Big Pun. Released on April 28, 1998, it is the only album released during his lifetime. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts and #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for two weeks. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards, but lost to Jay-Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. It was also the first solo Latin hip hop record to go Platinum.
No One Can Do It Better
No One Can Do It Better is the debut studio album by The D.O.C., released on August 1, 1989 by Ruthless Records, and Atlantic Records. It reached number-one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for two weeks, while peaking in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA three months after it was released, and Platinum on April 21, 1994. This was the only solo album The D.O.C. was able to record before a car accident resulted in crushing his larynx; in recent years, however, he has been undergoing vocal surgery. He would not release another album until 7 years later, with Helter Skelter.
Cydeways: The Best Of The Pharcyde
Cydeways: The Best of the Pharcyde is a greatest hits album by Los Angeles hip hop group The Pharcyde. It was released November 14, 2001. The album features songs by the four emcees; Fatlip, Slimkid3, Imani and Bootie Brown from their first two albums Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and Labcabincalifornia while they were signed to label Delicious Vinyl.
The original recordings on Cydeways were handled by J-Swift, L.A. Jay & Slimkid3, J Dilla and Fatlip. Included on the album is a remix of the song "She Said" by Jay Dee and the previously unreleased song "Panty Raid".
The Sun Rises In The East
Jeru The Damaja
The Sun Rises in the East is the debut album of American hip hop rapper Jeru the Damaja, released May 24, 1994 on PayDay Records. Production on the album was handled by DJ Premier. The album features fellow Gang Starr Foundation member Afu-Ra. The album cover depicts the World Trade Center on fire only one year after the 1993 bombing of the North Tower.
The Sun Rises in the East was well received by most music critics upon its release. It is considerably significant in hip hop, as it contributed to the revival of the East Coast hip hop scene, along with albums such as Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang, Nas's Illmatic and Black Moon's Enta Da Stage. The album has been considered by critics to be Jeru the Damaja's best work.
The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel
The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel is the second studio album by horrorcore supergroup Gravediggaz. Released on October 14, 1997, the album has a more socially conscious sound to it and is considerably calmer than its predecessor, and features heavy production input by the RZA and his production team the Wu Elements.
In contrast to the group's debut album, Prince Paul had less involvement in the production of this album, although he did produce the outro and the skit preceding "Hidden Emotions". He was still billed as an official member of the group, however, and appeared on the cover and inserts of the album. Two singles were released from the album, "Dangerous Mindz" and "The Night the Earth Cried", though neither made it to the Billboard charts.
The vocals in the song "The Night The Earth Cried" was sampled in Raw Man's "Lovers"
Conspiracy is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.
It was released on August 29, 1995 by Undeas Recordings and Big Beat Records. The album is now out of print on physical formats, but is available to download or stream on websites like iTunes and Spotify.
Upon its release, the album garnered much attention, gaining hype with the release of singles such as "Get Money" and "Players Anthem". The album features rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who contributes to the album's production in addition to appearing on four of the album's tracks, as well as being its lead songwriter. The album's third single "Get Money", contains a sample from "You Can't Turn Me Away" performed by Sylvia Striplin.
Youngest in Charge
Youngest in Charge is the debut album from then 17-year-old Brooklynite hip hop artist Special Ed. More than 500,000 copies were sold.
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.
A Future Without A Past
Leaders Of The New School
A Future Without a Past... is the debut studio album from American hip hop group Leaders of the New School, released in July 1991 on Elektra Records. The album is now out of print.
Classic Nuts Vol. 1
Dah Shinin' is the debut album from American East Coast hip hop duo Smif-N-Wessun. Members Tek and Steele made their debut previously on Black Moon's classic 1993 album Enta Da Stage. Dah Shinin' was noted for its hardcore lyrical content and production, which was handled by Da Beatminerz members DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, Rich Blak and Baby Paul.
The album marked the arrival of Hip Hop supergroup, the Boot Camp Clik, a prominent rap crew of the 1990s. The group includes Black Moon member Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C., as well as Tek and Steele. All members make an appearance on the posse-cut "Cession at da Doghillee".
The album has gone on to sell over 300,000 copies in the United States, and includes the underground single "Bucktown". In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
The album's cover draws its inspiration from Roy Ayers Ubiquity's 1972 album He's Coming.
Mecca And The Soul Brother
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Mecca and the Soul Brother is the 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon, New York hip-hop duo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth. The album contains their best known song, "They Reminisce Over You". Mecca and the Soul Brother has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The album was mostly produced by Pete Rock and executive produced by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D & the Boyz.
Beats, Rhymes & Life
A Tribe Called Quest
Beats, Rhymes and Life is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on July 30, 1996, by Jive Records, it followed three years after the highly regarded and successful Midnight Marauders. Produced by The Ummah, the album is a departure from the joyful, positive vibe of the group's earlier albums and is regarded as their darkest album in content. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 27, 1998.
Hell On Earth (Explicit)
Hell on Earth is the third studio album by East Coast hip hop duo Mobb Deep, which was first released on November 19, 1996, on Loud/RCA/BMG. The album is largely a continuation of Mobb Deep's previous album, the critically acclaimed The Infamous. The album is produced by Mobb Deep and also features guest appearances by emcees Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd. The album stands out for its acclaimed singles "G.O.D. Pt. III" and "Hell on Earth," as well as "Drop a Gem on 'Em," a response to 2Pac's diss track "Hit 'Em Up." A promotional single, "Still Shinin'", was released earlier that year and later added to the album. The album, one of the earliest enhanced CDs, also contains an additional track that at the time, had to be unlocked with the use of a computer.
Kool G Rap
4,5,6 is the debut studio album by American rapper Kool G Rap, released on September 26, 1995, on Cold Chillin' Records. The release followed his break-up with DJ Polo in 1993. The album was mostly received neutrally among critics, but was warmly accepted by underground fans. Despite the album's dark, grimy street sound, it peaked at number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and the single "Fast Life" charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The album features guest appearances from B1, MF Grimm, and Nas, as well as production from Dr. Butcher, Naughty Shorts, T-Ray, and Buckwild of D.I.T.C. It would also be Cold Chillin' Records' final release before it went defunct in 1997.
14 Shots To The Dome
LL Cool J
14 Shots to the Dome is the fifth studio album by American hip-hop artist LL Cool J, released by Def Jam Records in the US on March 30, 1993. It is his first album following the hugely successful Mama Said Knock You Out. Unlike that release, which saw him have success on his own terms, 14 Shots sees LL adopting the sound of his West Coast gangsta rap contemporaries, especially that of Ice Cube and Cypress Hill. Many fans saw this as a jarring departure, and the album met mixed critical and commercial response, only being certified Gold by the RIAA. The album spawned two singles, both of which had minimal success on the Billboard charts. The album's second single "Back Seat" would later be sampled by R&B artist Monica for her debut single "Don't Take It Personal" which became a major hit two years later.
The Album is the first and only studio album by American hip hop supergroup The Firm. It was released on October 21, 1997 by Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records. The project was created by rapper Nas, his manager Steve Stoute and producers Dr. Dre and Trackmasters, who came up with the idea of forming a hip hop supergroup. The original line-up included Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown and Cormega who were all featured on the song "Affirmative Action" from Nas' album It Was Written. However, Cormega later left the group due artistic differences between him and Nas, as well as contract disagreements with Stoute. He was replaced by Nature prior to recording of the album. The Album is a concept album that revolves around the themes of mafia and "gangsta" lifestyle. The songs on the album were mainly produced by Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor and Trackmasters, and feature guest vocals from Pretty Boy, Wizard, Canibus, Dawn Robinson, Noreaga and Half-a-Mill.
The Album received mixed reviews from the music critics, who criticized its mainstream pop-oriented sound rather than the members' previous styles.
Coast II Coast
Coast II Coast is the second album of hip hop trio The Alkaholiks released in February 28, 1995. It features guest rapping from Xzibit, Diamond D, King Tee, Lootpack, Q-Tip, Declaime and The Baby Bubbas. It features production from Tha Alkoholiks themselves, E-Swift, Madlib and Diamond D.
Birth of a Prince
Birth of a Prince is the third solo studio album by American hip hop musician and Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. The album was released on October 7, 2003. Unlike RZA's other solo albums, Birth of a Prince was not released under the Bobby Digital alias, though RZA refers to himself as Bobby repeatedly and his rhymes are mostly in the Bobby Digital style rather than the pre-1998 style. The album received mixed reviews from music critics.
Uptown Saturday Night
Uptown Saturday Night is the acclaimed debut studio album from American hip hop group Camp Lo, released January 28, 1997 on Profile Records and distributed through Arista Records. The album spawned the hit single, "Luchini AKA This Is It".
The album peaked at twenty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the fifth spot on the R&B Albums chart.
Music is the fourth solo studio album by American rapper Erick Sermon. It was released on September 25, 2001 via J Records, making it his debut album on the label. Production was handled entirely by Sermon, except for the song "It's Nuttin'", which was produced by Rockwilder. The album features guest appearances from Keith Murray, Redman, Cadillac Tah, Daytona, Khari, LL Cool J, Marvin Gaye, Olivia, Scarface and Sy Scott.
The album spawned two singles: "Music" and "I'm Hot". Its title track, "Music", which sampled vocals from Marvin Gaye and in terms of chart position is Sermon's most popular song, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with inclusion on the soundtrack of the Martin Lawrence/Danny DeVito film What's the Worst That Could Happen?; the music video for the song featured scenes from the film intermixed with clips of Gaye performing in archived music videos and music programs.
The album reached number 33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart making it Sermon's second most popular solo album.
Yo! Bum Rush The Show
Yo! Bum Rush the Show is the debut album by American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was recorded at Spectrum City Studios in Hempstead, New York, and released on February 10, 1987, by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records.
The album became one of the fastest-selling hip hop records, but was controversial among radio stations and critics, in part because of lead rapper Chuck D's black nationalist politics. It has since been regarded as one of the genre's best and most influential albums.
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