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B.G. Chopper City In The Ghetto
Cash Money Records
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Does B.G.’s ‘Chopper City in the Ghetto’ Stand the Test of Time?

Cash Money Records proved it was truly an army (better yet, a navy) with the label's dominant run in the latter half of the '90s. Mater P's No Limit Records may have made a dent with a historic run of it's own, but Bryan 'Baby' Williams and company blew the doors off the hinges with their Louisianan brand of hip-hop. Following the success of Juvenile's multi-platinum '400 Degreez,' the crew wasted no time basking in the glory, instead, shifting their focus to rapper B.G. their flagship artist.

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Usher
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Does Usher’s ‘Confessions’ Stand the Test of Time?

For every decade, there’s an album released by a marquee R&B artist that speaks for the generation. In the 1980’s it was Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller.' In the '90s, it was MJ’s little sister Janet Jackson’s overt album, 'Janet.' For the new millennial generation of today, it’s clearly Beyonce’s self-titled album. But in between Queen Bey and Ms. Jackson, there’s an album by one of the greatest musical talents in R&B that’s ever surfaced the Earth: ‘Confessions’ by Usher.

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Above the Rim Soundtrack
Death Row Records
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Does The ‘Above The Rim’ Soundtrack Stand The Test Of Time?

Basketball and hip-hop have always gone hand in hand and over the years they have collided consistently, becoming the two favorite pastimes of inner-city youth. So when the 'Above The Rim' soundtrack dropped on March 22, 1994, the music matched perfectly with the hoops film of the same name starring Tupac Shakur.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images
Scott Gries, Getty Images
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Does TLC’s ‘FanMail’ Stand the Test of Time?

Fifteen years ago on Feb. 23, 1999, TLC, the best-selling American female group of all-time, released their third album, 'FanMail.' This would be the last project featuring Chili, T-Boz and Left Eye before the latter's untimely death in 2002. Their dynamic was undeniable and they earned quite a few accolades for their achievements, but does this album stand the test of time?

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Kanye West
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The First Time: Remembering Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’

Feb. 10 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Kanye West's debut album, 'The College Dropout.' The 21-track offering was deemed an instant classic when it was released on Feb. 10, 2004, and proved that the Chicago MC was as formidable a rapper as he was a producer.

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Mark Mainz, Getty Images
Mark Mainz, Getty Images
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Does Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Stand the Test of Time?

Ten years ago today, Kanye West released his debut solo album, 'The College Dropout.' That also happened to be the day he shifted the paradigm of hip-hop.

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U-God
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U-God Reflects on ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ for 20th Anniversary [Exclusive Interview]

U-God wasn't around that much during the recording process of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' because of his incarceration. The one full verse he does have is featured on 'Da Mystery of Chessboxin,' and it's a solid one, which makes his presence on the group's legendary album feel more missed. Even though the rapper was in the big house, he still has some interesting tidbits to share about what was going on with the group at that time.

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John Sciulli, Getty Images
John Sciulli, Getty Images
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20 Years Ago: A Tribe Called Quest Release ‘Midnight Marauders’

The year was 1993. Hip-hop, only about 20 years old, was dipped in gold. It had reached around the world, a long journey from its origins as a culture created by the improvising youth of New York City. On Nov. 9, A Tribe Called Quest -- Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (by this point original member Jarobi had become the "sometimes 'Y'") -- delivered their third studio album, 'Midnight Marauders,’ a defining moment in rap's Golden Era.

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Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary
Island Def Jam
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20 Years Ago: Salt-N-Pepa Release ‘Very Necessary’

On Oct., 12, 1993, Salt-N-Pepa created the blueprint for female MCs who had a voice and weren’t afraid to show it with their fourth album, ‘Very Necessary.’ The project sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S., and 2 million internationally, becoming one of the most successful albums by a female rap group.

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