It seems, at times, that hip-hop (and our culture at large) is obsessed with nostalgia. But 2014 was the year that nostalgia really took over, with reunions galore and plenty of events that seemed like everything was coming from a decade ago or more. Is hip-hop stuck in the past? Maybe, maybe not. But here are 13 examples that prove that might be the case.


The LOX Start Dropping New Music

When: Last December (Trinity) and this November (Trinity 2 and Trinity 3)
The LOX may have gone their separate ways for a while—their last group album was We Are The Streets in 2000—but when they reunited surprisingly just shy of 12 months ago it immediately felt like the early 2000s again when New York ran hip-hop. Sheek, Styles and Jadakiss followed up with two more projects, the EP Trinity 2 and the mixtape Trinity 3, last month, putting a bow on the reunion that was too long in the making.


Penalty Entertainment Returns

When: January
Twenty years ago, Penalty Records became a haven for hip-hop artists like Capone-N-Noreaga, The Beatnuts and Lord Finesse before closing down and coming under the Tommy Boy Records umbrella in 1999. Then, a decade ago, Penalty relaunched and continued its efforts for a few years before being snapped up again. Then came January 2014, when it was announced that Penalty was back again, just like it was 10 years ago. Things came even further back around in June when C-N-N officially signed to Penalty again to release their War Report 2, the followup to their 1997 classic LP. History repeats itself.


Diddy And Ma$e Perform Together

When: January
It's always great to see Ma$e back in action, and he joined former mentor Diddy on stage this January for a pre-Grammy party that was a throwback from at least 15 years ago. “Been Around the World,” “All About the Benjamins” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” all got the Diddy and Ma$e treatment, a true 1990s homage. Ma$e had previously flirted with signing with OVO, but after recent events that seems unlikely.

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CIROC's "Step Into The Circle" Launch Hosted By Sean Diddy Combs In Times Square, New York City

Diddy Puts Out Music As Puff Daddy

When: March
Diddy has been known to change up his nickname whenever he feels like it, and he announced in March that he'd be reverting to Puff Daddy for his next album's release. The album, titled MMM, will be his first since 2010's Diddy-Dirty Money LP and his first solo effort since 2006's Press Play. But it's been even longer since he dusted off the Puffy moniker; weeks after escaping the gun charge that landed Shyne in prison for eight years, Puff changed his name to P. Diddy, later dropping the "P" in 2005.

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2014 Lollapalooza - Day 2

OutKast Head Out On Tour

When: April
It was the tour heard round the world. When OutKast announced that they'd be reuniting for the first time since 2007's "Int'l Player's Anthem" and for their first full album since 2004's Speakerboxxx / The Love Below it was met with universal joy. The 40-plus-date festival tour spanned the globe, with dates in Europe, Australia and all over the States. Sure there's been no new music, and no signs of it either, but seeing Andre 3000 and Big Boi together on the same stage again was well worth it.


Dipset Comes Together For A New Video

When: May
Dipset has been flirting with reunions since the 10th anniversary of Diplomatic Immunity last year, but to see them all together in Cam'ron's new "Dipshits" video in May was what fans were really looking for. Cam would later drop another track with Jim Jones and Hell Rell, but no full-length project has materialized as of yet. Dipset!


G-Unit Reunite

When: June
There was nothing bigger in hip-hop a decade ago than 50 Cent and G-Unit. If it wasn't Get Rich Or Die Tryin' breaking records in 2003, it was The Massacre selling a million copies in one week in 2005, with Platinum albums from Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and G-Unit as a whole sprinkled in between. When they reunited this June at Summer Jam it was to a rapturous response, and the Unit's reunion EP The Beauty Of Independence saw the core quartet, complete with a newly-added Kidd Kidd, returning to form.


Fat Joe Reunites With Remy Ma And Ja Rule

When: August
When Remy Ma was released from prison at the beginning of August, the former Terror Squad MC wasted little time getting back into the game. And that included making sure her relationship with Fat Joe was still intact. Joe spoke to XXL in August and compared Remy to Michael Jordan, and said the two would be back in the studio again soon. Speaking of Joe, he'll be performing this weekend in Queens alongside Ja Rule, with whom he was featured on Ashanti's "What's Luv" in 2002. Of course, it's been 10 years since Terror Squad's "Lean Back" enjoyed an extended run at the top of the Hot 100.


Ja Rule And Nelly Get Reality Shows

When: September and October, respectively
At this point, any rapper reality show based around family life is already biting T.I.'s Family Hustle. But Ja Rule and Nelly are diving into the same lane with family-centric reality shows, titled Follow The Rules and Nellyville, respectively. Yet regardless of the fact that it's been a decade since either rapper had a Platinum album, it's also been more than 10 years since Ja started titling albums with plays on his name (2000's Rule 3:36, 2004's R.U.L.E.) and 12 years since Nellyville the album actually hit stores (2002). If this isn't living in the past, we don't know what is.

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MTV Choose or Lose Citizen Change Party

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2014 Lollapalooza - Day 1

Eminem Makes Headlines For Pissing People Off

When: November, or always
Whenever Eminem drops new music it's time to sound the airhorns. This time, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, Em and company dropped their Shady XV compilation LP, from which Em has come under fire for tossing diss lyrics aimed at Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea and more. Surprised? Us neither. This has been Em's M.O. for a decade and a half now, and though times have changed, it's clear that some of Em's attitudes about celebrity and the sanctity of lyrical freedom have not. So Eminem drops new music and people get upset. A tale as old as time.


Wu-Tang Clan Puts Out A New Album

When: December
It had been seven years since the Wu-Tang Clan were able to put aside their differences to release a crew album, 2007's 8 Diagrams. But this year—a year late to catch the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers—the nine-man collective (with Cappadonna now officially in the fold) came together to release their sixth album, A Better Tomorrow. It may not be vintage Wu from their hey day, but hearing everyone together over RZA production at least is worth a nostalgic listen.

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Diddy Assaults A Hip-Hop Adversary

When: December
It seems like yesterday that Diddy, upset with his portrayal in Nas' "Hate Me Now" video in 1999, walked into Steve Stoute's office and hit Stoute over the head with a champagne bottle. Fast forward 15 years and it seems like when Diddy gets upset, he's not messing around. Annoyed that Drake had lifted the beat to "0 To 100" out from under Diddy's feet, the rap mogul reportedly decked Drake in Miami this weekend, with some reports saying that Drizzy wound up in the hospital. The lesson, as always: don't mess with Diddy.

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