On this day, Dec. 23, in hip-hop history...

TAM Records/OTS Records

1997: Four years after their major label debut album, Memphis hip-hop duo 8Ball & MJG dropped the independent album, Lyrics of a Pimp: Strictly For Da Undaground, on Dec. 23, 1997.

Though most of the material on the project was recorded years prior in 1992, and had been heard by fans of the underground duo via their many independent mixtapes, Lyrics of a Pimp housed all of 8Ball and MJG's earliest lo-fi bangers. Production was handled by the pair and the project was released under TAM Records, OTS Records and Omni Entertainment.

Fans loved hearing the early versions of 8Ball and MJG staples like "Armed Robbery" and "Its a Pimp Thang" because it marked their maturation as artists.

Though 8Ball and MJG have dropped eight albums as a pair and more than five apiece as soloists, Lyrics of a Pimp remains one of their most beloved records just for the raw lyricism and independent release. In 2004, 8Ball and MJG re-released the album with two new songs: "Real in the Feel" and "Oh Nah-Nah-Nah."

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