Album Anniversaries

8Ball & MJG’s ‘Comin’ Out Hard’ Turns 20
On 'Acura Integurl,' Frank Ocean sings, "When you met me I was Three 6, Pimp C, Bun B, 8Ball and MJG." Even for an R&B artist as young as Frank, it was clear that 8Ball & MJG were music staples for a southern kid from New Orleans. The rap duo's official debut album, 'Comin' Out Har…
Toni Braxton’s Self-Titled Debut Album Turns 20
As LaFace's first female solo signee, Toni Braxton was all about the voice. At a time when Whitney Houston was reigning supreme off 'The Bodyguard,' Toni seemed to be a response for a cooler more urban vocalist. She had the voice and the appeal for a young crowd listening to new jack …
Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Long Live the Kane’ Turns 25
As a member of the Juice Crew, legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane has provided the world with not only a number of memorable performances but also a collection of great music. However, despite the seven albums that are under his belt, it's the first LP, 'Long Live the Kane,' that's …
New Edition’s ‘Heart Break’ Album Celebrates 25th Anniversary
New Edition were enjoying their spot in the limelight in the '80s. However, when Bobby Brown decided to launch his own solo career and eventually left the group in 1988, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant weren't too sure about the future of New Edition. But after enlisting …
Monica’s ‘After the Storm’ Album Turns 10
In 2003, Monica was a household name, known to be a singer who had racked up numerous hits -- and Grammys -- by singing about the relationship woes of grown women. Yet she was barely one herself -- she released her debut LP, 'Miss Thang,' at the age of 15. "I just sang from my heart," she …

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