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Today in Hip-Hop: 3rd Bass Releases ‘Derelects Of Dialect’

On this day, June 18, in hip-hop history…

1991: 3rd Bass—the rap group made up of MC Serch, DJ Richie Rich and Pete Nice—was one of the first and most successful interracial groups in hip-hop history, growing prominence in the late 80s and early 90s...

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10. "Fancy" feat. Swizz Beatz & T.I.

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Today in Hip-Hop: Drake Drops ‘Thank Me Later’

On this day, June 15, in hip-hop history…

2010: Drake is one of those special cases who didn't fall under pressure and exceeded expectations...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Cormega Drops ‘The True Meaning’

On this day, June 11, in hip-hop history...

2002: Queensbridge rapper Cormega has not had an easy rise to rap notoriety, but on June 11, 2002, the young MC got everyone's attention when he dropped his second studio album, The True Meaning...

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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Age: 30 (Deceased)
Years Active In The Game: 12
Notable Songs: “No Scrubs”; “Waterfalls”; “Girl Talk”
Why She Is The Best: Better known as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning group TLC, Left Eye had boundless potential that showed in her original raps. Balancing out the hip-pop melodies of T-Boz and Chilli, Left Eye’s rhymes were often dynamic. We can recite many of her lyrics from TLC’s hits that sometimes make it feel like she never left. While the late lyricist had a short solo run with her only posthumous release, 2009’s Eye Legacy, she’ll forever be remembered for her outspoken attitude and flamboyance. That colorful personality can never be replicated.

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Today in Hip-Hop: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Burns Down Andre Rison’s Mansion

On this day, June 9, in hip-hop history...

1994: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC was not only the fire spitting MC of the '90s girl-group era, but she was also a firecracker when it came to fighting...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Lil Kim Drops ‘Ms. G.O.A.T’

On this day, June 3, in hip-hop history...

2008: On June 3, 2008, Lil' Kim dropped her debut mixtape, Ms. G.O.A.T.

It may sound strange that Kim dropped a debut in 2008, because she had been in the public eye of hip-hop since the late '90s on Junior M...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Ja Rule Drops ‘Venni Vetti Vecci’

On this day, June 1, in hip-hop history...

1999: On June 1, 1999, Queens MC Ja Rule dropped his debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci.

After working behind the scenes for years and getting a good look in writing the hook of Jay Z's 1998 hit single, "Can I Get A...

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Today in Hip-Hop: The Fat Boys Drop Their Self-Titled Debut Album

On this day, May 28, in hip-hop history...

1984: On May 29, 1984, Brooklyn trio The Fat Boys released their self-titled debut album under Sutra Records...

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Today in Hip-Hop: N.W.A Drop ‘Niggaz4Life’

N.W.A's second and final album hits the streets.

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Today in Hip-Hop: ‘Menace II Society’ Hits Theaters

On this day, May 26, in hip-hop history...

1993: On May 26, 1993, the hood classic film drama, Menace II Society, hit theaters.

Following in the cinematic footsteps of Boyz ‘N The Hood and New Jack City, the urban drama of Menace II Society managed to tell the story of South Central, Los Angeles through an honest retrospect that was eye-opening to viewers...

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Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Big Hawk (November 15, 1969 – May 1, 2006)

XXLMag.com remembers the life of the late John Edward "Big Hawk" Hawkins...

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