On August 26th, 1998, Mos Def and Talib Kweli came together as Black Star and released one of the most significant albums in hip-hop's history. Allow us to take a walk down memory lane and revisit the album, track-by-track. Read it all after the jump.
I was going through a thread in a forum and discovered full sample packages for Late Registration & College Dropout. I instantly put the C.D. on and have been vibin out and reminiscing like whoa. This album is Certified Classic and holds a definite mark in the history of hip-hop. I decided to drop this explicit version for ya'll since you can't find it on the actual album itself. I've always wonder why that happens on albums sometimes, one track is edited but the entire album isn't. Meh. Enjoy.
Stream then click and see the full post to download.
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This track and I go way back to the very beginning of the digital music revolution, which corresponds rather conveniently for historians, at the beginning of this decade. Maybe because 2010 is about to wrap or maybe because it's just that good, today I found myself versing "The Wake Up Show Anthem '94", one of the first mp3s I downloaded back in 2000.
I've had this stuck in my head since I posted "Maria" from KVBeats this past week, which has a chorus reminiscent of this tune.
The Chi-lites were a chicago based group from Chi city that scored gold with this doo-wop early R&B tune in the early 70s.
And then, of course, there's the 1990 MC Hammer cover. Golden.
For those of you on a J. Cole vibe after last night's show, here's a Missy Elliot /Aaliyah sample from his newest mixtape Friday Night Lights. "Best Friend" (also of the same name on Cole's tape) is from Elliot's landmark record Supa Dupa Fly, produced for the most by by Timothy Mosley, better known to most as Timbaland.
Most people see Aaliyah's career as blowing up post-Elliot's arrival on the scene, but Aaliyah's debut record One in a Million actually came a year before Elliot's, in 1996.