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Twenty: Remembering Tupac Shakur part 1

Google Images: Tupac last public appearance 1996 MTV VMA awards
September 4th 1996, was my first day of s high school it probably was one the worst first days of school in  my whole school career at that time. I grew up in Buffalo NY, and while all my friends was enjoying their first day of high school. I was sitting at home crying. Due to the fact I did not get into any of the high schools I chose. So I was at home coping with the fact that I was going to have to go my district school and at the time it was not the best school in the city.
My mother, aunt and my brother went to this school that I did not want to go to, so they along with convinced me to just get through freshman year. I had to get over it and face the fact that this school is where I was going to be for the 96-97 school year.  Eventually the tears dried up and later on that evening I had something to look forward to and that was the 1996 MTV Video music awards.
Before bed that night I watch the show as usual, all the bi…

Great Albums 1996: Outkast - Atliens

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August 27th 1996 Outkast releases second album "Atliens"

As the series on 1996 albums continues, a time where it was heavy in the east vs west coast beef  during a dark period in the genre. There was duo from the south, Atlanta GA that its. This duo  was busy focusing on planting their flag on the land called hip-hop. An album that rose from the bottom of the map and became an a very influential album of the times.

Outkast released their second album on August 27th 1996, the same day Aaliyah dropped her second album as well. 1996 released some heavy hitters from the genres of R&B and Hip Hop. Outkast definitely showed up to play. Like many of us who loved hip-hop and grew up either in the north east or the west coast. Some of us was busy taking sides, either you was down with the east coast boys Bad Boy (Biggie) or you were a down with the homies from the west, Death Row (Tupac).

These was some heavy times my friends, but hip-hop kept on g…

Great Albums 1996: A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes & Life

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July 30th 1996 A Tribe Called Quest releases "Beats, Rhymes & Life..........

July 1996 was  already a heavy month for hip-hop album releases, Nas had already dropped his second album "It Was Written" and De La Soul released their fourth album "Stakes Is High" De La fellow word smiths from Native Tongues. A Tribe Called Quest also released their fourth album called "Beats, Rhymes & Life. 

ATCQ came on another tip on this disc, coming off a hiatus from another classic album "Midnight Marauders" This time around Tribe, came with more a deeper perspective of the times they were living in, Some of the rhymes were more rougher that rhymes from their previous projects. The wordplay was there but it seemed they to be a little bit more aggressive then earlier albums.

Take the skit at the end of  "Jam", a group of young men coming from a party, drunk and high and one young man (Q-Tip) talks about alw…

Great Albums from 1996: Aaliyah - One In A Millon

Google Images: Aaliyah One in a Million cover 1996
August 27th 1996 Aaliyah releases her second album "One In Million"

August 25th 2016, was the 15th year anniversary of Aaliyah and her nine crew members passing away in a plane crash in the bahamas 2001. Fifteen year later on this day the fans around world reflected, celebrated and played her music, shared their favorite moments and pictures of Aaliyah. I am a fan and been one since 1994, since the year of her debut album "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number". 

It had singles such as "Back and Forth, At Your Best, and the title track AANBAN. And then around the fall of 1994 news circulated that 15 year old Aaliyah and 27 year old R.Kelly had gotten married. Aaliyah debut album came with a lot of steam and momentum, but the scandal had over shadowed what was a great project from the young singer. 

So around mid 1995 Aaliyah kinda fell back and focused on her studies at her hometown in Detroit MI. Keep in mind this i…