Throwback Friday #13: Thuggish Ruggish

Out of their debut album Creepin on ah Come Up, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony released their first single “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” in 1994. Keepin it all Cleveland by filming the video near the west side Cleveland housing projects. The rest you know…

Throwback Friday #12: Half on a Platinum Hit

Out of Oakland, California, the rappers Yukmouth and Numskull released the hit “I Got 5 On It” as The Luniz in 1995. The hit was released in two versions on their album Operation Stackola, and again featuring the likes of E-40 and Spice 1. The Luniz went on to be nominated for a Grammy in 2007. “I Got 5 On It” went on to make the Top 20 on the Billboard 200.

Luniz – I Got Five On It by Lvick

Throwback Friday #11 – Celebratin’ Flip

My guy Flip’s birthday is tomorrow. Always a baller, this one is for him. Happy Birthday, Brother.

Wesley Eric Weston Jr better known as Lil’ Flip. He was born March 3rd, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Flip began rhyming at a very young age, even getting an “A” for rapping on a 6th grade English oral exam, Flip chuckled stating “After that I was hooked”. Lil’ Flip, got his name because of his freestyle abilities to flip the script. As Flip matured, his mic skills got sharper, and his reputation as one of Houston’s true young talents blossomed. Undaground Legend is the first major studio album, and contained the hit, “The Way We Ball.”

Throwback Friday #10: Iced Out in the South

Master P, born Percy Robert Miller, otherwise known by his business name, P. Miller, released his first record in 2001 but didn’t achieve fame until his work with TRU and his fifth album Ice Cream Man in 1996. He founded No Limit Records and is often credited with being a heavy influence in the popularity of southern hip hop in the mainstream market along with UGK, Scarface, Outkast and Ghetto Boys. Master P went on to launch P. Miller Enterprises, had a few NBA contracts, produced and starred in Hollywood films, did a stint in the WCW, published a book, and was given the keys to the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Here he is with one of his earliest hits “Mr. Ice Cream Man.”

Throwback Friday #9: New York, New York

Corey Woods aka Raekwon The Chef, has been a staple in the Entertainment industry since his debut in 1993 as an integral part in undeniably one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups to date, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Emerging in 1993, when Dr. Dre’s G-funk had overtaken the hip-hop world, the Staten Island, New York-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-’90s — and only partially because of their music. Turning the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs, almost as a support group. Instead of releasing one album after another, the Clan were designed to overtake the record industry in as profitable a fashion as possible — the idea was to establish the Wu-Tang as a force with their debut album and then spin off into as many side projects as possible. In the process, the members would all become individual stars as well as receive individual royalty checks.

Throwback Friday #8: Chicago Pimpin

Do Or Die came out of Chicago with their debut album Picture This in 1996. Since then, the trio of Belo Zero, N.A.R.D. and AK-47 has sold over 3 million albums. They achieved commercial success with their first single “Po Pimp” featuring JP and Twista. Do Or Die reunited with Twista and JP for a follow-up hit single titled “Still Po Pimpin” on their second album Headz or Tailz, but the original remains a favorite.

Throwback Friday #7: Rick the Ruler

Slick Rick foreshadowed and epitomized the pimpster attitude of many rappers during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Known for sporting gold chains and a trademark eye-patch, his 1989 album, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, was a certified-platinum classic. Before he could record a follow-up, Slick Rick was arrested for attempted murder early in 1990, after shooting at his cousin — who allegedly harassed Rick’s mother — and leading police on a high-speed chase. Featured in the rap documentary The Show (released in 1995) — in a segment where Russell Simmons actually visits the prison — Slick Rick was released on a work program in 1996. Art of Storytelling was issued in 1999, an artistically successful comeback that paired him with MC’s like Outkast and Snoop Dogg but did more the emphasize his talents as a solo artist.

Throwback Friday #6 – Lollapalooza Alumni


20 years ago, Perry Farrell and others created what would become a cultural phenomena, Lollapalooza. The annual tour lasted until 1997, revived in 2003. One of the headliners of newly revived Lollapalooza tour was Jurassic 5.

Jurassic 5, or J5 as they are commonly referred, formed in 1993 as the union between two crews, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee, who came together to record and release the spontaneous, one-off single cleverly titled “Unified Rebelution.” The six-man group, which includes four rappers and two deejays, brings an uplifting, funloving feel to a genre that often glamorizes thuggish behavior, gangster ethics, and blatant materialism.It was an infectious record that made an indelible impression with true hip-hop heads, quickly becoming a staple on the college radio and mix-show circuit. In 2000, Jurassic 5 made their major-label debut with “Quality Control.”

Throwback Friday #5 – Southern Kingz

In 1987, Chad “Pimp C” Butler formed UGK (Underground Kingz) and soon recruited Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. The duo signed with Jive Records and released several albums beginning in 1992 with Too Hard to Swallow. In 1994 they released their second album, Super Tight, which included the hit track “It’s Supposed to Bubble” and was listed on the Billboard Hot 200. They were later featured on the hit singles “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z and “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia.

In December 2007, Pimp C passed away from an accidental medication overdose in his West Hollywood hotel just days after performing with Too Short at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Bun B is working on finalizing the last UGK album which the duo was in the process of recording when Pimp C passed away.

Throwback Friday #4 – from Hood to Hollywood

Ice Cube first gained rap fame as a member of the controversial group N.W.A. in the late 1980’s. He left N.W.A within a few years to begin his highly successful solo career and also has become an iconic actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer (more to come on that…). He reunited with Dr. Dre of N.W.A. in 1994 to release the hit “Natural Born Killaz.”