Album Anniversaries

KRS-One's Album Turns 20
‘Return of the Boom Bap,'  released on Sept. 28, 1993, was KRS-One's first solo album after being the central figure of Boogie Down Productions. This was also his first time leading the show as a straight up rapper, as he was known for handling the production side of things
OutKast Celebrate 10 Years
On Sept., 23, 2003, OutKast released their classic hip-hop double album, 'Speakerboxx/The Love Below.' This effort was a landmark achievement for the Atlanta duo and cemented them as one of the best rap duos of all-time.
'Music Box' Turns 20
On Aug. 31, 1993, the yet-to-be emancipated Mariah Carey would release, ‘Music Box,’ her most successful album at that stage of her career. Earlier that summer, she began the unveiling with the lead single, ‘Dreamlover.’ The video showed her frolicking on a prairie, donning an oversized plaid shirt …
25 Years Later
Has there ever been a rap album created that sounds of its time while remaining timeless 25 years later? There are very few and EPMD's 'Strictly Business,' released on Aug. 30, 1988, is a prime example of one.
'Miseducation' Turns 15
Fifteen years ago today, Lauryn Hill released 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,' a landmark hip-hop album that hasn't lost its musical luster. 'Miseducation' arrived on August 25, 1998, at a time when Hill was entering the next phase in her life beyond music -- motherhood.
Babyface’s ‘For the Cool in You’ Celebrates 20 Years
By the time Babyface released ‘For the Cool in You’ on Aug. 24, 1993, he’d already racked up accolades as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer (most notably Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC). His sophomore album…
'Black Star' Turns 15
Hip-hop was at a very hectic place in the late '90s. The genre lost both Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. because of violence; there was a schism growing. Hip-hop was quickly moving away from the street narratives, urban tales and social activism to favor its rise to mainstream. People didn't want …
Snoop Dogg's Album Turns 15
On Aug. 4, 1998 Snoop Dogg’s first official album after leaving Death Row Records was released through Master P’s label No Limit Records. Stylistically, Snoop’s name also went from Snoop Doggy Dog to the abridged Snoop Dogg. By the point ‘Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told’ arrived, the emcee beg…
Album Anniversary
On Aug. 3, 1993, legendary rap duo Kris Kross released their sophomore album, ‘Da Bomb,’ which is kind of an understatement.

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