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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s ‘He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper’ Album Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince released their breakthrough LP, 'He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper,' on March 29, 1988. The duo's second album might have been lighthearted and fun, but it was slightly ahead of its time and introduced the duo to mainstream audiences.

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Brian McKnight Reflects on ‘U Turn’ Album After 10 Years

Brian McKnight’s seventh studio album, 'U Turn,' celebrated its 10-year anniversary yesterday. Released on March 25, 2003, the effort was a new direction in Brian’s life.

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P.M. Dawn’s ‘The Bliss Album…?’ Turns 20

P.M. Dawn's 'The Bliss Album...?,' a record on which the group blurred the lines between hip-hop and soul even more than on their star-making debut, was released on March 23, 1993.

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Lil Kim’s ‘La Bella Mafia’ Turns 10

By the time Lil' Kim released her third album, she already had two successful LPs under her belt. 'Hard Core,' though it didn't break the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996, landed in the No. 11 spot -- the highest debut for a female rapper at that time. Meanwhile, the 2000 release of 'The Notorious K.I.M.' entered the No. 4 spot on that same chart during the first week of its release. While these are great achievements for the Queen Bee, she recently hit yet another milestone -- the 10-year anniversary of her third album, 'La Bella Mafia.'

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50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin” Album Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By the time Eminem signed 50 Cent to his Shady Records imprint in 2002, Fif had already made a name for himself in the New York mixtape circuit.

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Brand Nubian’s ‘In God We Trust’ Turns 20

Brand Nubian made their mark on hip-hop with the group's 1990 debut, 'One for All.'

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The LOX’s ‘Money, Power & Respect’ Album Turns 15

The late 1990s were a strange time for hip-hop. Fans may still have been swooning from the almost obligatory success of early albums like Biggie's 'Ready to Die,' but a surge in pop music was changing the momentum for many rap artists.

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Heavy D & the Boyz’ ‘Blue Funk’ Remembered 20 Years Later

Before Heavy D and The Boyz dropped their fourth album ‘Blue Funk,’ they were engulfed in the early era of 1990s hip-hop. It was all gold rope chains and high top fades, some new jack swing and house party vibes back then.

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Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Album Turns 20

When Dr. Dre released his debut album, 'The Chronic,' in 1992, he just left N.W.A. due to a contractual dispute with Ruthless Records and founded Death Row Records with co-founder Suge Knight. The Compton native was determined to prove to himself and the world how great of a producer he really is -- and he succeeded several times over with 'The Chronic.'

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Nas’ ‘God’s Son’ Album Remembered 10 Years Later

In hip-hop, an artist's reputation can change in a flash. One minute, you're a hot young rapper from Queens, boasting talent so strong other emcees quiver in your wake; the next, you're fading into the backdrop, churning out so-so albums of uninspired verses and wondering what went wrong, and, more importantly, how to make it right.

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