It is just us or has hip-hop traveled back in time? With recent headlines of OutKast reconnecting, G-Unit reuniting, and J. Lo performing with Ja Rule; it's almost as if hip-hop has reverted back to the early 2000s. As much more has also went down like Jay Z connecting with Dame Dash late last year and talk circulating of Dipset releasing a comeback LP; it's hard not to wonder if one can soon expect sounds from 10 years ago to rearise. Check out a gallery of all the events that allude to this theory and decide for yourself if hip-hop is back in the early 2000's.
In September of 2014, MTV announced a new reality show with Ja Rule. With Rule not at the top of the hip-hop empire as he once was, one would almost think we were back in the days of Pain Is Love.
In June 2014 at Hot 97's Summer Jam, G-Unit took hip-hop back to 2003's Beg For Mercy, shocking just about everyone with an unexpected reconciliation on stage. Performing an array of hits at the June 1st show, the hip-hop label managed to breathe life into their records which had been stagnant for nearly a decade. The unit followed up with a reunion show on June 8th in NYC and have since unveiled plans for a new album due out this November.
Serving up their first release in over 13 years, the LOX dropped The Trinity EP in late 2013. Since founding their label in 2003, the group was seemingly silent over the past decade prior to unveiling recent material. Crafting up songs like "Talk About It" and "New York City," it's evident that the trio has come back strong.
Picking up where they left off with 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast reunited for the first time in almost 10 years at Coachella 2014. With the performance kicking off the first of 40, OutKast brought back their unique chart topping sounds that hip-hop had been lacking for so long. Although plans of a reunion album have yet to be revealed, just about everyone is secretly hoping that an LP is the next trick up the duo's sleeve.
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