Drake Drops 'So Far Gone' EP + More: Sept.15 in Hip-Hop History

On today, Drake releases his breakthrough, Public Enemy will get remixed and rapper Eve will get her personal sitcom. In addition, 2Pac drops his last track and Vanilla Ice curses the Houston Texans soccer workforce. Check it out under.

Public Enemy's compilation mission Greatest Misses, wasn’t an official album from the enduring hip-hop group, however relatively a one-off compilation to carry followers over till their launched their fifth studio album, Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age. The LP consisted of six new songs from PE, together with six remixes and one reside recording. An enormous standout is the politically-charged observe "Hazy Shade of Criminal," the place Chuck D runs down among the prison acts the American authorities is responsible of committing on black individuals.

Before Mark Wahlberg grew to become a Hollywood famous person, he had a quick rap profession as Marky Mark. His second album, You Gotta Believe, wasn’t as profitable as his earlier effort, Music for the People (1991), nevertheless it garnered one hit, “You Gotta Believe,” which samples Lovebug Starski’s observe of the identical title.

Just a few days after Tupac Shakur’s loss of life, a brand new single, “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” was launched. The track was produced by Daz Dillinger and sampled DeBarge’s 1983 ballad “A Dream.” The video is particularly chilling (and considerably prophetic) as a result of it options 2Pac getting shot in entrance of his greatest buddy (performed by Bokeem Woodbine) and passing away. Upon coming into heaven, the late rapper is greeted by deceased entertainers like Redd Foxx, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole and others. As a spirit, 2Pac returns to Earth and raps to his buddy who doesn’t see or hear him. He tells him not fear he will probably be alright, however extra importantly, "I ain't mad at cha."

"I first met ‘Pac once I bought the decision that he wished me to be in his video," he recalled in a 2011 interview with XXL. "Some of his individuals ushered me to satisfy him. He was very, very cool and one of many first issues he stated to me was that he was so glad that I used to be gonna be concerned within the video."

"We have been so centered on making it one of the best video it may very well be that that’s the place the main focus remained," he continued. "I used to be an enormous fan of him, so to get to satisfy him underneath these phrases and have him be so hospitable was a thrill."

On today in 1996, Foxy Brown launched her debut album, Ill Na Na, on Def Jam. The set’s first single is the rap&B ballad, “Get Me Home” that includes Blackstreet, which was produced by the Trackmasters. “Our entire factor was that we tried to make her Foxy Brown the uptempo horny bitch. That’s what we wished to make her, the laborious, uptempo bitch,” stated Samuel 'Tone' Barnes of Trackmasters in 2012 ( Complex). As for the track, Tone added, “We at all times tried to make occasion data, tried to make the file so it’s a pin in time so everyone is like, ‘Yo that point was loopy.’”

Def Jam pulled out all of the stops for his or her all-star soundtrack for Rush Hour, the 1998 flick starring funnyman Chris Tucker and motion star Jackie Chan. The soundtrack boasts the chart-topping hits "Can I Get A..." (by Jay-Z, Amil and Ja Rule) and "How Deep Is Your Love" (by Dru Hill that includes Redman), which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The assortment additionally function songs by Case and Joe, the Wu-Tang Clan, Slick Rick, Terror Squad, Too Short and extra.

Following Will Smith, LL Cool J and Brandy -- music artists who launched their very own TV sitcoms -- rapper Eve was approached by UPN executives to star in her personal collection. The Philadelphia native's eponymous present ran on UPN from September 2003 to May 2006. Set in Miami, the present starred Eve as a budding clothier named Shelly Williams who's attempting to steadiness her love life along with her work life. Actor J.T. Hunter (performed by Jason George) performed her on-and-off once more love curiosity on the present. In addition, Ali Landry and Natalie Desselle-Reid performed Eve's greatest pals who supplied their recommendation on love and life.

The present obtained combined opinions from critics and was canceled following UPN's merger with the WB Television Network to launch the CW in 2006. "There was a number of politics occurring at UPN with the black sitcoms and with Will Smith’s present All of Us], so I had a sense we weren’t coming again," she advised Giant journal in 2017. "There aren't any ensures in tv, they usually don’t even offer you a heads up. The present ended two seasons shy of syndication eligibility and was bought to TV One."

“Be Without You” is one in a protracted line of emotional ballads from Mary J. Blige. The track was the official kick-off single from her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough. Produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and Ron Fair, the ballad options the R&B veteran exuding her love and devotion to her man. The track was a serious hit for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and for it, she garnered two trophies for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance on the 2007 Grammy Awards.

The yr of 2009 was a breakthrough for Drake who was an unbiased artist at the moment. In February, he launched his third mixtape, So Far Gone, which was critically praised for his love-lorn lyrics and melodic manufacturing courtesy of then-unknown producers Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da.

The tape triggered a bidding warfare among the many main labels, however Young Money received as a result of Drizzy’s loyalty to his mentor Lil Wayne. To verify their partnership, Drake re-released So Far Gone on today as an EP that includes 5 tunes from the unique 17-track mixtape and two previously-unreleased songs. The set’s first single is “Best I Ever Had,” which turned the Toronto native into rap matinee idol. The video, directed by Kanye West, is a visible eye-candy with Drake taking part in a coach of an all-female basketball workforce.

“Basically we determined, versus taking ourselves tremendous critical, we simply wished to have some enjoyable with it,” he advised Complex in 2009. “Myself, being a younger man, a younger single man at that, I type of wished to be actual about the best way I perform with ladies at this present level in my life.”

The track grew to become Drake’s first No. 1 hit on each the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Top Rap Songs charts. Plus, it went platinum (1 million bought) within the U.S. Drake lastly arrived and he has by no means regarded again.

Following a promising 2012 season wherein they went 12-Four, the Houston Texans have been making a run for the Super Bowl. That is, till Vanilla Ice carried out a halftime present for them through the second recreation of the 2013 season. After the veteran rapper's efficiency of "Ice, Ice Baby," the Texans went completely chilly on the sphere. The Texans received that recreation, however proceeded to lose the remaining 14 video games of the season.