Tical is the debut solo album of Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man, released November 15, 1994, on Def Jam Records. It was the first Wu-Tang solo album released after the group's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Similar to all first generation solo Wu-Tang projects, Tical was mainly produced by group member RZA, who provided a dark, murky and rugged sound. The album features guest appearances from RZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, as well as several affiliates who would later appear on future group projects. The album's title "Tical" is a slang term for a blunt that has been laced with an adulterant, typically a sweetener or another psychoactive substance. The album title is also a play on the word "methodical".
 
Tical was a commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. On January 18, 1995, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and on July 13, 1995, it was certified platinum after sales of one million copies. This success was driven by its two singles, "Bring the Pain" and "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" which featured Mary J. Blige. The album has since been hailed by several music critics as a classic hip hop album. Its success is matched by its influence as a major piece in the East coast hip hop renaissance.
 
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The legendary God MC Jay-Z Released his 8th solo studio album "The Black Album" which was said and thought to be his retirement album back on November 14th of 2003. Although Hova returned with 4 solo studio albums as well as a 4th collaborative album with long time colaborator Kanye West.  The world was not disapointed with his return after giving us classics on the Black Album like Encore, 99 Problems, Threat, Lucifer, What More Can I Say, Allure and Dirt Off Your Shoulder. This album also marked Jay-Z and the Hip-Hop's transition to maturity from baggy throwback jersey's to the button up shirt with the hit single Change Clothes. Needless to say this was yet another Classic LP for the S. Carter, Keep going Hov!

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Iconic MC Ras Kass blessed us with his time to do an exclusive with DJ DNA at Patchwerk Studios. Ras Kass is one of the first lyricist of the westcoast. In this interview he talks about his early days rapping and the people that came up with him. His passion for music has kept his legacy alive.

"I guess you gotta be a fan first. You know if i didn't love this shit, and if I wasn't encouraged or motivated by the people before me who that made dope music, then I wouldn't have a starting point."

Ras Kass talked about new artists and how he feels about them. He also talked about what he prefers them to do as far as their music goes. He made sure to talk about rhetorical music and lyrics that new artist today create.

"If i gave you my time to listen to ten songs on your project and all you did was repeat the same thing, come on bruh," he exclaimed. 

Ras Kass explains it all check out this dope exclusive. You might even learn some things.....

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Nineteen years ago on this day, East Coast rapper Mase released his debut album “Harlem World” on Bad Boy Records. This album gave us hip hop smashes like "Feel So Good," "What You Want," "24 Hrs. to Live," and "Lookin' at Me. Harlem World was nominated at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album.

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Harlem World peaked at #1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B LP charts. It sold over 270,000 copies during its first week released and has gone triple platinum since then.
Album Producers: Sean "Puffy" Combs , The Hitmen , Steven "Stevie J" , Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Dame Grease, Mo-Suave-A

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Twenty-nine years ago today new jack swinging artist Heavy D and his then hip hop group Heavy D & the Boyz released their debut album “Living Large” on Uptown Records.

Heavy D & the Boyz' debut album, Living Large, finds the group still in a formative stage, but they're already engaging enough to make the record entertaining, if nothing earth-shattering. This being 1987, the production is spare and heavy on the beatbox, with some samples of James Brown and other well-known vintage soul records. As an MC, Heavy D strongly favors swingbeat rhythms at this stage (even saying so at the start of "Here We Go"), and he hasn't yet developed the smooth, resonant delivery that would make his most complex rhymes sound deceptively easy. There isn't as much variety in his subject matter, either -- "The Overweight Lover's in the House," "Chunky but Funky," "Overweighter," and "Mr. Big Stuff" represent a major concentration on the most obvious part of his image, charmingly confident though they are. There are some other cuts geared for the dancefloor, and some freestyle-type lyrics that are well-executed but rather generic. The excitement of landing a recording contract spills over into "Moneyearnin' Mount Vernon" and "I'm Getting Paid," and there's some pleasant filler elsewhere. But overall, Heavy D hadn't yet hit his stride; that would happen the next time out. (Steve Huey)

Living Large reached #10 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and sold over 300,000 copies. This album didn’t have much of a commercial success when it was first released but today it is considered a classic.

Album Producers: DJ Eddie F, Teddy Riley, Marley Marl

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It has been 31 years since the release of the movie “Krush Groove”, which is the semi auto-biographical story of Russell Simmons, called Russell Walker (portrayed by Blair Underwood in his screen debut) in the film. Krush Groove mirrors the real life Def Jam label in its early days. It focuses on Run DMC moving into big time. The Fat Boys have their own autobiographical subplot. Kurtis Blow also figures in the plot.

Director: Michael Schultz Producer: Michael Schultz and Doug McHenry
Writer: Ralph Farquhar Company: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1985
Acts: Sheila E., Run-D.M.C., The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Blair Underwood, New Edition
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It has been twenty-eight years ago to now, since oldschool Oakland rapper Too Short released his second album “Life Is...Too Short.” Life Is...Too Short was released in year 1988 on Jive records and it peaked at #37 on US Billboard 200 chart. This album is currently Too Short’s highest-selling album to date, being certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 2 million copies.

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“When Short -- after enjoying a small cult following for a few years in Northern California -- joined a major label with Life Is...Too Short's predecessor, Born to Mack, too many East Coast MCs were inundating hip-hop with clichéd tracks consisting of only James Brown samples and a drum machine. Too Short, however, presented an attractive alternative with highly melodic, danceable tracks that made no secret of his love of '70s funk heroes like Parliament, the Ohio Players, and Cameo.” (Alex Henderson)


Album Producers: Too Short, R. Austin, T. Bohanon, Al Eaton

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Happy 47th Birthday Wyclef Jean!

Wyclef Jean is an Grammy Award winning American-Haitian rapper and song-writer who is widely recognized for his album, ‘The Score’ that became a roaring success. Raised by a preacher father, he initially started his musical career by singing in church choirs. As a young boy, he was forbidden to listen to rap music and whenever he did so, he was severely caned for ‘playing the devil’s music’. Despite being prohibited by his father, Jean formed a band with two of his singer-songwriter friends. Though their first album was received warmly, it was their second album that brought them recognition. But soon, the trio split to venture ‘solo’ and Jean released his debut solo album that made waves in the world of music. This lead to the release of a series of hit singles and he was even invited to collaborate with several musicians and singers. Apart from his musical career, he also hinted his political ambitions by filing his candidature in the 2010 Haitian presidential elections. He is the founder of the ‘Yele Haiti’ organization, known for its charitable works for the poor and victims of natural disasters. He has received many prestigious awards for music and honored for his humanitarian services.

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Happy 44th Birthday Eminem!!

Born Marshall Mathers, he became an international sensation after the release of his first single, "My Name Is." He won the Best Rap Album Grammy for three consecutive albums: The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002). He also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself," from the 2002 film 8 Mile, which he also starred in. More recently, in 2010, Eminem released the Grammy-winning album Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation.

He aspired to become a comic book artist until his uncle, Ronald Polkinghorn, introduced him to Ice-T's song "Reckless."

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Happy 39th Birthday DJ Paul!

Together with production partner Juicy J, DJ Paul played an important role in the South's rise to prominence within the once East and West Coast-dominated rap industry. Behind the duo's leadership, Three 6 Mafia rose from an underground phenomenon in Memphis to a nationally recognized rap empire, landing themselves an Academy Award before spinning off numerous solo albums for the collective's many members in the mid- to late '90s. Like his production partner, DJ Paul specialized in dark, eerie tracks driven by bass-heavy beats and haunting sounds. He also raps as a member of Three 6 Mafia and contributes rhymes to most of the albums he produces for such artists as Project Pat, Gangsta Boo, La Chat, and Tear da Club Up Thugs. Moreover, DJ Paul ventured into filmmaking with Choices (2001), a straight-to-video film starring most of the Three 6 Mafia collective.

Juicy J (born Jordan Houston) and DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) first came together at the dawn of the '90s, when they worked as DJs in the Memphis area. The two soon began producing their own tracks and invited numerous Memphis rappers to rap over the beats. They released the resulting tracks locally as Triple 6 Mafia; years later these recordings would resurface as re-releases. In 1995, the loose collective changed its name to Three 6 Mafia and self-released its debut album, Mystic Stylez. The album became an underground success, and Three 6 Mafia, in turn, signed a distribution deal with Relativity for its Hypnotized Minds imprint. Throughout the late '90s, Juicy J and DJ Paul produced numerous albums a year for Hypnotized Minds and capitalized on the lucrative distribution deal. By the end of the decade, the two producers extended their brand and helmed an empire, culminating with their commercial breakthrough album, When the Smoke Clears (2000), which debuted at number six on Billboard's album chart.

His first solo album, Underground 16: For da Summa, landed in 2002; then in 2006 Paul, Juicy J, and Crunchy Black won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the film Hustle & Flow. After Three 6 Mafia released the 2008 album Last 2 Walk, the group took a break. Paul released the solo album Scale-A-Ton in 2009; then in 2012 he released A Person of Interest, an LP that was hip-hop-based but incorporated some dance and dubstep. Paul, Lord Infamous, Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca, and Gangsta Boo reunited in 2014 as Da Mafia 6ix, and by the end of the year they collaborated with the Insane Clown Posse on the album Reindeer Games, which was released by ICP's Psychopathic imprint. One year later the label released Paul's solo album Master of Evil, which featured guest appearances from Violent J, Yelawolf, and Lil Wyte.(written by Jason Birchmeier)

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