Today In Hip-Hop: Mos Def Releases ‘Black On Both Sides’

On this day, October 12, in hip-hop history... 1999: In the late 1990s, there was a growing sentiment amongst hip-hop fans that the genre was becoming so outwardly commercial that it had begun to lose its spirit. A quarter century after hip-hop's founding, hip-hop had climbed to the height of cultural relevancy. The music had begun to rule the pop charts and the culture's slang, fashion and discourse had become the dominant mode of youthful expression of the day. However, the overt commercialization of the genre through a combination of perceived sub-par music on the radio and exploitative co-option of the ...

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