Today In Hip-Hop: Clipse Releases ‘Lord Willin’

On this day, August 20, in hip-hop history... 2002: In 1999, the Brothers Thornton a.k.a. Clipse were primed to release their debut album, Exclusive Audio Footage, on Elektra Records. Their debut single, “The Funeral,” featured production by the red-hot production team, the Neptunes, and the group seemed like one of rap's can’t-miss prospects. However, when the single flopped commercially, the duo found their album shelved indefinitely and they were released from their contract, shortly afterwards. A few years later, the Neptunes had opened up their new imprint, Stark Trak Entertainment, with Arista Records and one of their first signings was Clipse, the ...

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