• The Usher 8701 Album Turns 20 Years Old Today
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    The Usher 8701 Album Turns 20 Years Old Today

    When you think about great R&B artists over the last 25 years, Usher’s name will usually come up. Usher entered the game at the age of 15 when he dropped his self-titled debut joint. Three years later, he returned with his second album, My Way. My Way went on to sell over 6 million records making Usher a megastar in the process. Less than two years later, he released a Live album to close out the 90s. Usher released his 3rd album a couple years later. The album is called 8701 and it was released 20 years ago today. Some call this one the album before the classic Confessions project.…

  • Wicked Wayz From Mr. Mike Released 25 Years Ago Today
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    Wicked Wayz From Mr. Mike Released 25 Years Ago Today

    Suave House Records is one of my favorite rap labels of all-time. 8Ball & MJG were their biggest acts, but they had others beside them. Tela, Crime Boss and South Circle all dropped classic albums as they were included in my Suave House collection. Mr. Mike was a part of South Circle with Thorough and he dropped his debut album the following year. Wicked Wayz was the name of the project, and it was released 25 years ago today. The Wicked Wayz joint featured 8Ball & MJG and Ice Cube and it was a great album. Stop Lying is my favorite song off the album as it was featured as…

  • Aaliyah Released Final Album 20 Years Ago Today
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    Aaliyah Released Final Album 20 Years Ago Today

    Aaliyah was one of the most beautiful and talented singers in the late-90s. She hit the scene at the age of 15 with her debut album. Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number sold over 3 million records and solidified her as a bonafied star. She released five singles off the debut joint. The first two, Back & Forth and At Your Best went gold and are all-time classics. Two years later, Aaliyah came back with her second album, One in a Million. One in a Million almost went 4X platinum and sold a total of 8 million records worldwide. The album produced six singles with One in a Million and…

  • Nas It Was Written Released 25 Years Ago Today
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    Nas It Was Written Released 25 Years Ago Today

    Nas is my favorite rapper alive and one of the best to ever do it. Illmatic is viewed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time. Two years later, Nas returned with his second album with high expectations. 25 years ago It Was Written dropped and it was every bit as good as his debut. It Was Written debuted at the top of the charts and it went on to sell over 3 million copies. It Was Written remained his best-selling album and one of my personal favorites. While Illmatic didn’t have any major features, this one packed some dopes ones. Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, The…

  • Lloyd Banks Karma for Throwback Thursday
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    Lloyd Banks Karma for Throwback Thursday

    Welcome to another Thursday as that mean we are closer to the weekend. Of course, for many people this will be a long weekend seeing the 4th of July is Sunday. My playlist this week was highlighted by several mixtapes. G Unit Radio 22, Invasion 2, slow jams joint, MMG and a couple others were played. It Was Written by Nas, Section 80 from Kendrick Lamar and Temple of Boom from Cypress Hill was also bumped. Lastly, the new Lil Baby & Lil Durk project also made its way to my playlist. Seeing there was a lot of old school G-Unit joints, we had to represent for them. Lloyd Banks…

  • Keith Sweat Released Self-Titled Album 25 Years Ago
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    Keith Sweat Released Self-Titled Album 25 Years Ago

    Keith Sweat was one of my favorite singers growing up. The Make It Last Forever and I’ll Give All My Love to You albums are two of my all-time favorite. Those two albums mentioned set the tone for what we expected from a Keith Sweat project. 25 years ago today, Keith Sweat released his self-titled album. The album went on to sell over four million records and proved he’s one of the GOATs of R&B. The Keith Sweat album was his 5th one and he hit us with Twisted as the first single. Twisted was a fixture on the R&B charts upon its release. The single sold well over 1.5…

  • Reasonable Doubt
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    Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt Dropped 25 Years Ago Today

    Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers to ever touch the mic. There are many that have him at the top of their all-time list. 25 years ago today, Jay-Z released his Reasonable Doubt album. The platinum selling debut is viewed by many as his best album. Personally, it’s up there with his Black Album and Blueprint joints. Reasonable Doubt had features from the Notorious Big, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, Memphis Bleek and Sauce Money. Dead Presidents was his first single and it sampled Nas the World is Yours track. Of course, this was brought up when they were having beef with each other. The gold-selling single set the…

  • Lost Boyz Legal Drug Money Dropped 25 Years Ago Today
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    Lost Boyz Legal Drug Money Dropped 25 Years Ago Today

    The 90s had so much talent that there were a lot of groups or artists that got overlooked. One of those groups was the Lost Boyz. The Lost Boyz consisted of Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou. They released their debut album 25 years ago today. Legal Drug Money was the name and it debuted #1 in the hip hop/R&B category. Legal Drug Money eventually went gold off the strength of an unprecedented five singles. Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz were the first single to be released. It dropped way back in the late summer of 1995. The track was the typical Lost Boyz sound…

  • Pastor Troy Face Off Released 20 Years Ago Today
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    Pastor Troy Face Off Released 20 Years Ago Today

    If you’re from the south, fan of hip hop or from Georgia then you know all about Pastor Troy. Pastor Troy has been putting out music since 1999. Many people know of him because his beef with Master P and No Limit Records. 20 years ago today, Pastor Troy released his fourth album, Face Off. Face Off put Troy on the map as it was his first joint with a major label. Troy signed with Universal Records so now he started getting some publicity. Before the album was released, No Mo Play in GA was heard on so many mixtapes during that time. We all know that track was directed…

  • Anything by SWV for Throwback Thursday
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    Anything by SWV for Throwback Thursday

    Welcome to another Thursday as that mean we are closer to the weekend. Like always, we get to jump in to check out my sounds for the week. The new J. Cole album was the first one that was played and came away extremely impressed with. Ja Rule’s 3:36, The Firm album and the Dungeon Family joint were also played. The new one from Conway the Machine, Drankin Partnaz from the Youngbloodz and a personal 2Pac mixtape was also played. The featured Throwback Thursday track comes from another album that was played. The Above the Rim Soundtrack has a whole host of tracks that could be featured. I’m mentioned it’s…

  • Mobb Deep Blood Money Released 15 Years Ago Today
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    Mobb Deep Blood Money Released 15 Years Ago Today

    First things first, rest in peace to Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Unfortunately, the Mobb Deep spitter passed away almost four years ago. The duo beefed with some of the biggest stars to ever to the mic in hip hop. 2Pac, Nas and Jay-Z are three of those stars they beefed with throughout the years. After their 6th album, they became free agents and signed with 50 Cent and G-Unit Records. During this time, you knew that Mobb Deep would drop some heat. Mobb Deep had already established themselves as one of the best duos ever in hip hop. G-Unit had classic platinum albums in The Documentary, Hunger for More and…

  • Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony Turns 30 Years Old Today
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    Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony Turns 30 Years Old Today

    Boyz II Men is one of the greatest R&B groups of all-time. This is not something being said now; it’s something I’ve always felt. Of course, they were discovered by Michael Bivins of New Edition fame. 30 years ago today, Boyz II Men released Cooleyhighharmony which was their debut album. The first single, Motownphilly dropped on the same day as the album. Motownphilly was a great, up-tempo track from the group and it earned them a top-5 position on Billboard. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye was their second single off the album. The single rose to #1 and became their first gold selling single. For me, it was 2-for-2…