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America, Anaconda, and Bailey Jay: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released 'The Score' @balleralert igees The core Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released ‘The Score’-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 22 years ago today, The Fugees released their second album ‘The Score’ on Columbia Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The body of work arguably became the hip-hop trio’s best album. With an alternative hip-hop sound, the group created a sound and moment that would later go on to dominate the hip-hop industry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With three smash singles: “Ready or Not”, “Fu-Gee-La”, and “Killing Me Softly”, the album was a major success for the group peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With their lead singles, The Fugees showcased impeccable lyricism and amazing production techniques that allowed them to gain worldwide recognition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By October 3, 1997, ‘The Score’ was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned the group two Grammys in 1996 for “Best Rap Album” and “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “Killing Me Softly”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In addition to the awards, the album has been praised by many publications and included in multiple “Top 100” lists. In 1998, the album was listed in The Source's 100 best rap albums list, and in 2003, ‘The Score’ was ranked number 477 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What was your favorite song from the album?
America, Anaconda, and Bailey Jay: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 22 Years Since The Fugees
 Released 'The Score'
 @balleralert
 igees
 The
 core
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released ‘The Score’-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 22 years ago today, The Fugees released their second album ‘The Score’ on Columbia Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The body of work arguably became the hip-hop trio’s best album. With an alternative hip-hop sound, the group created a sound and moment that would later go on to dominate the hip-hop industry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With three smash singles: “Ready or Not”, “Fu-Gee-La”, and “Killing Me Softly”, the album was a major success for the group peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With their lead singles, The Fugees showcased impeccable lyricism and amazing production techniques that allowed them to gain worldwide recognition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By October 3, 1997, ‘The Score’ was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned the group two Grammys in 1996 for “Best Rap Album” and “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “Killing Me Softly”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In addition to the awards, the album has been praised by many publications and included in multiple “Top 100” lists. In 1998, the album was listed in The Source's 100 best rap albums list, and in 2003, ‘The Score’ was ranked number 477 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What was your favorite song from the album?

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released ‘The Score’-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 22 years ago today, Th...

Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Baller Alert: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released 'The College Dropout' 14 Years Ago @balleralert DD PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT CONTENT Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 2004, Kanye West released his debut studio album ‘The College Dropout’ on Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ From 1999 to the year of its release, West spent years working on the project. While working on the album, West had already established himself as a producer having done production for artists such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Doing his own production, West created a masterpiece. Not only did he develop a new sound nicknamed “chipmunk soul," where he took R&B and Soul samples and sped them up, but his lyricism also introduced us to a new style. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While many rappers of the time maintained the gangsta rap style we were used to, West instead introduced us to the story of the average joe who questions family, religion, politics, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The singles from the album, "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks", were both critically acclaimed, while “All Falls Down" and "Slow Jamz" charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Upon its release, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart having sold 441,000 copies in the first week. ‘The College Dropout’ received phenomenal reviews from multiple publications and even earned West 10 Grammy nominations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Multiple publications such as Time and Rolling Stone have named it one of the greatest albums of all time.
Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Baller Alert: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye
 West Released 'The College Dropout'
 14 Years Ago
 @balleralert
 DD PARENTAL
 ADVISORY
 EXPLICIT CONTENT
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 2004, Kanye West released his debut studio album ‘The College Dropout’ on Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ From 1999 to the year of its release, West spent years working on the project. While working on the album, West had already established himself as a producer having done production for artists such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Doing his own production, West created a masterpiece. Not only did he develop a new sound nicknamed “chipmunk soul," where he took R&B and Soul samples and sped them up, but his lyricism also introduced us to a new style. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While many rappers of the time maintained the gangsta rap style we were used to, West instead introduced us to the story of the average joe who questions family, religion, politics, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The singles from the album, "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks", were both critically acclaimed, while “All Falls Down" and "Slow Jamz" charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Upon its release, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart having sold 441,000 copies in the first week. ‘The College Dropout’ received phenomenal reviews from multiple publications and even earned West 10 Grammy nominations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Multiple publications such as Time and Rolling Stone have named it one of the greatest albums of all time.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 20...

Arguing, Family, and Friends: Rap Pioneer Who Popularized Term 'Hip Hop,' Lovebug Starski Dies At 57 @balleralert Rap Pioneer Lovebug Starski, Who Popularized The Term ‘Hip Hop,’ Dies At 57 - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kevin Smith, a DJ from the Bronx, and better known as LovebugStarski who coined the term “hip-hop,” unfortunately passed yesterday at age 57. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RollingStone reports his death was caused by a heart attack he had in Las Vegas, where he recently relocated. Starski’s daughter, Tiffany Smith, confirmed the cause of death. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Starski was among a core group of DJ pioneers that include DJKoolHerc, AfrikaBambaataa, GrandmasterFlash and GrandWizardTheodore. Rolling Stone says they all helped shape hip-hop’s parameters in the days before recorded rap in the 1970s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ DJ Grandmaster Flash told rolling stone what made Starski so different from the rest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "What set him apart was he was able to DJ and talk on the mic and do both at the same time, and he was really really good at this," explained Flash. “He played an extremely important role in the development of this. We all do it now, talk on the mic and DJ same time, but in the hip-hop world, Starski was probably the first to handle it." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some may argue that Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the FuriousFive introduced the word “hip-hop,” but Smith accepted credit for the term in an interview with Amoeba Music in 2017. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "That was one of my rhymes when I would get stuck for words and I used to go 'hip, hop, the hip, the hip, hip the hopping," he said. "You know it was just a nursery rhyme that coincided with the music, and that's the God's honest truth." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Condolences are sent to Smith’s family and friends. Salute to all “hip-hop” icons everywhere.
Arguing, Family, and Friends: Rap Pioneer Who Popularized
 Term 'Hip Hop,' Lovebug Starski
 Dies At 57 @balleralert
Rap Pioneer Lovebug Starski, Who Popularized The Term ‘Hip Hop,’ Dies At 57 - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kevin Smith, a DJ from the Bronx, and better known as LovebugStarski who coined the term “hip-hop,” unfortunately passed yesterday at age 57. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RollingStone reports his death was caused by a heart attack he had in Las Vegas, where he recently relocated. Starski’s daughter, Tiffany Smith, confirmed the cause of death. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Starski was among a core group of DJ pioneers that include DJKoolHerc, AfrikaBambaataa, GrandmasterFlash and GrandWizardTheodore. Rolling Stone says they all helped shape hip-hop’s parameters in the days before recorded rap in the 1970s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ DJ Grandmaster Flash told rolling stone what made Starski so different from the rest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "What set him apart was he was able to DJ and talk on the mic and do both at the same time, and he was really really good at this," explained Flash. “He played an extremely important role in the development of this. We all do it now, talk on the mic and DJ same time, but in the hip-hop world, Starski was probably the first to handle it." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some may argue that Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash and the FuriousFive introduced the word “hip-hop,” but Smith accepted credit for the term in an interview with Amoeba Music in 2017. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "That was one of my rhymes when I would get stuck for words and I used to go 'hip, hop, the hip, the hip, hip the hopping," he said. "You know it was just a nursery rhyme that coincided with the music, and that's the God's honest truth." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Condolences are sent to Smith’s family and friends. Salute to all “hip-hop” icons everywhere.

Rap Pioneer Lovebug Starski, Who Popularized The Term ‘Hip Hop,’ Dies At 57 - blogged by @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kevin Smith, a DJ from...