The Greatest Year in Hip-Hop History

Of all the conversations and debates surrounding the best of the best in hip-hop — MC’s, groups, producers, labels — perhaps the most difficult to ascertain is what is the greatest year in hip-hop history. Let’s answer it with a 16-slot bracket tournament.

Classic Non-Album Cuts: The Notorious B.I.G.

When the conversation of the greatest rappers of all time comes up, those crazy people that believe The Notorious B.I.G. should not be at or even near the top of the list point to the fact that he only released two albums in his lifetime.

Nineteen Ninety-Sex: The Year of Rap’s Femme Fatales

“I used to be scared of the dick/Now I throw lips to the shit, handle it like a real bitch” Lil’ Kim was 22-years-old on November 12, 1996, when she uttered those lines, the first lyrics on her debut album, Hard Core. Just one week later, 18-year-old Foxy Brown released her own debut, Ill NaContinue reading “Nineteen Ninety-Sex: The Year of Rap’s Femme Fatales”

Flashback Friday Flop: “Double Up”

Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time.  This week: Mase’s DoubleContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Double Up””

Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together

There have been a multitude of studies and stories done on the connection between geography and success. In the history of hip-hop, one of the most fertile grounds for superstars has been Brooklyn. For proof, think about the fact that Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and DMX all went to George Westinghouse Career andContinue reading “Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together”