July 23, 1991: Main Source releases “Breaking Atoms”

On this day in 1991 Main Source releases “Breaking Atoms”

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Breaking Atoms is the debut album of American Hip Hop group Main Source, released July 23, 1991 on Wild Pitch Records. Production for was handled by the group and took place during 1990 to 1991 at Homeboy Studio, Power Play Studios, and Libra Digital in New York City. Recorded during the golden age of Hip Hop, Breaking Atoms is distinguished stylistically by its incorporation of jazz and soul music samples. The album has been highly regarded by music writers due mostly to its production, whose heavy and original use of sampling influenced Hip Hop producers for a considerable portion of the 1990s.

The album has been widely regarded by writers and music critics as a significantly influential album and has been noted for debuting rapper Nas, who appears on the track “Live at the Barbeque”. His contribution to the song was sampled on “Genesis”, the intro track to his debut album Illmatic (1994). Breaking Atoms has been recognized as one of the most important records in Hip Hop history, and was out of print in the United States after the demise of Wild Pitch Records in 1997. It was reissued on April 22, 2008 through Fontana Distribution. (Source Wikipedia)

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July 23, 1991: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince release “Homebase”

On this day in 1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince release “Homebase”

HOMEBASE 1991

Homebase is the fourth studio album released by Hip Hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The album was released in July 1991, reaching #12 on the Billboard 200 charts and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. It received generally favorable reviews from critics. The album was certified Platinum and won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album. (Source Wikipedia)

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July 23, 2002: The Beatnuts releases “The Originators”

On this day in 2002 The Beatnuts releases “The Originators”

BEATNUTS 2002

The Originators is a 2002 album by Hip Hop duo The Beatnuts. It is the first Beatnuts album released by Landspeed Records. Likely because of its indie record label, it failed to reach the Billboard 200 like The Beatnuts’ prior four full-length albums, but managed to appear on the Independent Albums chart. Its beats and party vibe were well received, but its lyrics were criticized for lacking substance in the same vein as prior releases. Four singles were released in promotion of The Originators, but none of them charted. The album was produced entirely by The Beatnuts, but featured guest appearances by Large Professor, Tony Touch and Ill Bill. (Source Wikipedia)

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July 23, 2008: 9th Wonder & Murs releases “Sweet Lord”

On this day in 2008 9th Wonder & Murs releases “Sweet Lord”

MURS 2008

Sweet Lord is the third collaboration album from California rapper Murs and North Carolina producer 9th Wonder (formerly of Little Brother). Like their other collaborations the album features ten songs, all produced by 9th Wonder, and is less than 40 minutes long. Murs stated in an online video that the album would be released for free through the internet as a “present” to his fans but only if they promise to actually purchase his album Murs for President and other albums he does with 9th Wonder. (Source Wikipedia)

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July 23, 2012: Reks releases “REBELutionary”

On this day in 2012 Reks releases “REBELutionary”

REKS 2012

REBELutionary is the sixth studio album by Massachusetts rapper Reks. It was released on July 23, 2012 by Gracie Productions. The album is the follow-up to Straight, No Chaser. The album was entirely produced by Numonics. It features guest appearances byTermanology, Krondon of (Strong Arm Steady), J. Nics, Jon Connor, Venessa Reece, Lucky Dice, Chi-Knox, Boycott Blues, Sene, Koncept, Knowledge Medina, DJ Heron, and Ea$y Money. (Source Wikipedia)

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23 July, 2013: “U-God releases “The Keynote Speaker”

On this day in 2013 U-God releases “The Keynote Speaker”

U GOD 2013

The Keynote Speaker is the fourth studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member U-God. The album was released on July 23, 2013, by Soul Temple Records. The album features guest appearances from GZA, Method Man, Styles P, Inspectah Deck, Elzhi and Kool Keith among others.

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July 22, 2014: Common releases “Nobody’s Smiling”

On this day in 2014 Common releases “Nobody’s Smiling”

COMMON 2014

Nobody’s Smiling is the tenth studio album by American Hip Hop recording artist Common. The album was released on July 22, 2014, by Def Jam Recordings and No I.D.‘s label, ARTium Records. Following the release of his last album The Dreamer/The Believer (2011), Common took a hiatus from musical endeavors. In 2013, he returned to the studio and began work on his tenth album and later revealed that the production, much like his previous effort, would be handled entirely by his longtime collaborator and record producer No I.D.. In 2014, Common signed a recording contract with No I.D.’s ARTium Records, through Def Jam Recordings, for the distribution of the album.

The title and concept of the album was inspired by the violence and high crime rate in Common’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The album features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s. The album was supported by three singles, “Kingdom” (featuring Vince Staples), “Speak My Piece” and “Diamonds” (featuring Big Sean). (Source Wikipedia)

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