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.”