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Today In Hip-Hop: Beastie Boys Releases ‘Ill Communication’

On this day, May 23rd, in hip-hop history...

1994: After the release of their third album Check Your Head--which found the trio embracing their punk rock roots and deemphasizing their lyrical ability with mood music that highlighted their neo-hippie political awareness--Ill Communication found the Beastie Boys pulling together all the different styles of their previous three albums into one masterpiece...

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Today In Hip-Hop: Common Releases ‘Be’

On this day, May 23rd, in hip-hop history...

2005: Thirteen years and five albums immersed into his professional maturation as a deeply respected lyricist, the culmination of Common's proficiency as an inspired narrator of the intricacies of everyday life was successfully presented in spectacular fashion on what would be his sixth and most significant studio album to date, Be...

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Jon Connor

Jon Freeman Jr.



Flint, Mich.

Singles: “Michigan Shit”; Mixtapes: The Blue Album, The People’s Rapper LP, Season 2; Albums: Unconscious State


As-yet-untitled major label debut album

“I think everyone here deserves to be here. I just think that it’s all about timing, so whoever didn’t make it shouldn’t look at it as a setback. I know when I didn’t make it, I let it fuel me.”

“I’m not saying this because I’m signed to Aftermath, but just like most of America, I grew up idolizing Dr. Dre. And I’m from Michigan, so I grew up idolizing Eminem. So to be on the same label as the two of them is a dream come true.”

“I probably thought I was cooler than I was. I think I’m pretty much the same dude—quiet, reserved. I only want attention when I feel like I deserve it, when I’m on that stage. Other than that, I’m chillin’. I’m cool. Just like in high school, I didn’t get caught up in varsity jackets and cheerleaders. If it came to me, it came to me. If it didn’t, it didn’t. But I was too busy doing me to be concerned about what everybody else was doing.”

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