May 31, 1988: Boogie Down Productions releases “By All Means Necessary”

On this day in 1988 Boogie Down Productions releases “By All Means Necessary”

BDP 1988

By All Means Necessary is the second album from American Hip Hop group Boogie Down Productions, released in 1988 on Jive Records. After the 1987 murder of DJ-producer Scott La Rock, MC KRS-One moved away from the violent themes that dominated his debut, Criminal Minded, and began writing socially conscious songs using the moniker the Teacher.

Many themes, which surface a minimalist production accompanied by hard-hitting drum beats, cover social issues that include government and police corruption, safe sex, government involvement in the drug trade, and violence in the Hip Hop community.

As of September 25, 1989, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Both the album cover, depicting KRS-One, and the album title make reference to Malcolm X.

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May 31, 2005: Sean Price releases “Monkey Barz”

On this day in 2005 Sean Price releases “Monkey Barz”


Monkey Barz is the solo debut by underground Hip Hop artist Sean Price, formerly known as Ruck of Heltah Skeltah. The album was the first release from Duck Down Records 2005 “Triple Threat Campaign”, followed by Buckshot & 9th Wonder‘s Chemistry, and Smif-N-Wessun‘s Smif ‘N’ Wessun: Reloaded. The album was possibly the most acclaimed of the three, and was named Independent Album of the Year by

Music videos were shot for the songs “Peep My Words”, “Onionhead”, “Heartburn”, “Boom Bye Yeah”, “Monkey Barz” and “Slapboxing”, which were included on Price’s DVD Passion of the Price. (Source Wikipedia)

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May 30, 1990: Antoinette releases “Burnin’ At 20 Below”

On this day in 1990 Antoinette releases “Burnin’ At 20 Below”


Burnin’ at 20 Below is the second and final album released by the rapper Antoinette, which released on May 30, 1990, on Next Plateau Entertainment. Production was by DJ Doc, Kurtis Mantronik, Ellis Jay, and Kenni Hairston. The album peaked at #66 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Singles from the album were “Never Get Enough” and “She Operates Around the Clock”; both failed to chart. (Source Wikipedia)