Mos Def Drops a Hip-Hop Classic: Oct. 12 in Hip-Hop History

On this present day in hip-hop historical past, George Clinton paints the White House black, Spice 1 is Immortalized, Warren G needs all of it, Salt-N-Pepa proceed to show they're Very Necessary to hip-hop and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) drops a hip-hop basic.

1993: George Clinton releases Hey Man Smell My Finger 

Funk ambassador and founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic, George Clinton, launched his sixth studio album on Prince's Paisley Park imprint in 1993. The album discovered Clinton connecting with hip-hop stars like Ice Cube on the report, a becoming payback for all of the occasions he's been sampled by rap artists. The label folded not lengthy after the album's launch, which was well-received and featured work from longtime collaborator Bootsy Collins, in addition to Prince and Dallas Austin.

"Funk or R&B — that groove — they modify the title sometimes, however we proceed to name it funk, and rock and roll is an extension of that," Clinton defined in 2016. "All of that got here from a futurist standpoint. It got here from an period after we have been considering area journey. We created funk for outer area: myself, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, David Bowie and Labelle. All of that was the start of the theatrical sci-fi."


1993: Salt-N-Pepa blows up with Very Necessary 

Salt-N-Pepa's fourth album is by far their most profitable, promoting over seven million copies worldwide off the energy of the hit singles "Whatta Man" with En Vogue and "Shoop." Very Necessary is a serious a part of the ground-breaking group's legacy, increasing upon their '80s success into the mid-'90s, even amidst a altering hip-hip panorama.

"I believe Salt-N-Pepa, we’re distinctive in a variety of methods," Salt stated in a 2018 interview. "Our sound is unquestionably like no different. Um, Pepa and I have been associates earlier than the group began. So we even have an incredible chemistry. We are the Yin and the Yang. And we have been simply actual, around-the-way chicks, you understand, having an excellent time. And I believe we got here alongside at a time when feminine rappers weren’t actually having that a lot industrial success, and we introduced enjoyable, trend and femininity to hip-hop. We dressed like women, we acted like women. We didn’t really feel like we needed to be boys or actually hard-core, you understand? And I believe that we simply appealed to a broader viewers, and particularly made an influence on, you understand, the lives of ladies. And they inform us that on a regular basis.”


1999: Mos Def makes his solo debut 

The solo debut, Black on Both Sides, from Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey) got here solely a yr after he rocked the hip-hop world with Talib Kweli Black Star, an album that veered far left of the bling-hustle tradition that was fashionable in 1998.

"It’s not like we have been being holy rollers, however goddamn, don’t mislead the folks. Don’t inform ‘em they on the yellow brick street after which they crash right into a brick wall. That’s simply not vital," Bey defined in a 2009 interview with Spin. "We have been removed from good; we have been out right here on the streets like everyone, and all of us may’ve gone down that street. But come on, man, crack was not glamorous, it was not attractive. You know, Japan within the ’40s bought Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the black group within the ’80s bought crack. And that shit was like a mushroom cloud you can't fuckin’ think about. It destroyed many, many lives, and also you see folks dwelling by way of that hell, you don’t wanna glorify that shit."

A yr after Black Star, Bey's solo album arrived, and it was simply because the title suggests— a celebration of unapologetic blackness, a blues-laced, religious have a look at life by way of the lens of a proficient inventive who was each cautious and optimistic, grounded within the reasoning that blackness is a present to be uplifted. Dipping between hip-hop, jazz and the blues, playful and witty at occasions, stark and religious at others, however all the time filled with intricate rhymes and musings on life, Black on Both Sides stays some of the necessary hip-hop albums of the previous 50 years. The album additionally firmly established Mos as a premier emcee, a title he nonetheless wears when he seems like rapping (which isn't usually today). Featuring tracks just like the 88-Keys-produced "Ms. Fat Booty," the DJ Premier basic, "Mathematics" and the brand new age liberation chant, "Umi Says," Mos Def's solo debut was triumphant.


1999: Spice 1 is Immortalized 

West coast vet Spice 1 returned to stake his declare as a gangsta rap pioneer along with his 1999's Immortalized. The mission featured manufacturing by Rick Rock and assists from fellow Cali natives, Yukmouth, Safari and Too Short, in addition to an look from Noreaga and Roger Troutman. The 21-track mission peaked at No. 30 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.


1999: Warren G needs all of it

For his third album, I Want It All, Warren G known as on all his rap associates to contribute, together with Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Eve, Slick Rick and, after all, Nate Dogg. Mostly sunny and relaxed, Warren G slipped into chill mode with the album as evidenced by the breezy lead single, "I Want It All," that includes Mack 10. El DeBarge reveals up on "G-Spot" to ship extra silky recreation for the album, which was produced by Warren G virtually in its entirety.

"It was straight good feelin’ music," he defined in 2018. "'Where rhythm is life and life is rhythm.' Some of the data we had, I’d use a number of the bass strains. I can’t bear in mind what it’s known as––it’s from the Moog––we’ll name it the 'Farty.' We included a few of these sounds into our music together with stay instrumentation."


2004: Mos Def drops The New Danger 

Five years to the day after making his electrifying solo debut with Black on Both Sides, Mos Def lastly dropped the follow-up, The New Danger. After taking time without work to work on films, together with The Italian Job, The Woodsman, Monster's Ball and Brown Sugar, Mos returned to music, largely with combined outcomes. The sound was experimental and wide-ranging, however at occasions felt disjointed. Still, it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop chart, and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, led by the only, "Sex, Love & Money," and continued to showcase that Mos is among the most expert, considerate lyricists in hip-hop. The album featured manufacturing by heavy hitters like Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West, Easy Mo Bee, and 88-Keys. You also can discover one in all his finest tracks, "The Panties" on the album.