Monthly Archives: March 2011

The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better (June 16, 1989)

When you think of pioneering hip-hop artists from the south, what artist or group comes to mind?  Many will say the Geto Boys, while younger fans will probably go with Outkast (while the even less informed will say Lil’ Wayne…you foolish mortals).  But the … Continue reading

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L.L. Cool J – Walking With A Panther (June 9, 1989)

By 1989, twenty-one year old James Todd Smith had two platinum selling albums under his belt and was a bona-fide rap star.  While Radio‘s revolutionary sound was the cornerstone to building the Def Jam empire and James career, his follow-up … Continue reading

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Heavy D & The Boyz – Big Tyme (June 12, 1989)

Before Dwight Myers would become a music producer (he’s actually produced a track for Jay-Z), actor (check out his stellar work in Step It Up), and take a stab at his most recent venture, becoming a reggae artist, he was a bona-fide … Continue reading

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Kool Moe Dee – Knowledge Is King (May 12, 1989)

Riding high on the success of his platinum selling sophomore effort, How You Like Me Now (which I’ve never heard it in its entirety, but one I’ll definitely track down, eventually), Kool Mohandas Dewese returned in 89′ with his 3rd solo release … Continue reading

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Run D.M.C. – King Of Rock (January 21, 1985)

  After releasing their self-titled debut album in 1984, Run-D.M.C. was praised for ushering in a new-school (that term is relative) hardcore sound, when compared to their contemporaries of the time.  While the majority of Run D.M.C. consisted of sparse drum beats (two to be exact:used over … Continue reading

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Special Ed – Youngest In Charge (May 8, 1989)

The year :1988 The scene: Brooklyn, NY.  A 14-year-old inspiring emcee Edward Archer, stumbled in to the garage based studio of up and coming producer Howard “Howie-Tee” Thompson.  The stumble was intentional, as Howie-Tee already had a pretty impressive resume, having already produced tracks for … Continue reading

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Gang Starr – No More Mr Nice Guy (April 22, 1989)

In March of 2010, rumors that Keith “Guru” Elam had suffered a heart attack and slipped into coma, flooded the internet and other media sources.  Sadly, on April 19, 2010 the hip-hop community was saddened when the rumors were confirmed and Guru was pronounced dead.  … Continue reading

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