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

4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram
4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram

1993: On April 28, 1993, L.A. based hip-hop group Freestyle Fellowship released their sophomore album, Innercity Griots.

As the follow-up to their 1991 debut, To Whom It May Concern, Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E. and Self Jupiter came together for a more cohesive project on the second LP. As some of the most notable names in underground rap, the members of the Fellowship claimed their spot in hip-hop history with this album.

The 14-track album spotlighted minimal but important features from Daddy O, Ganja K Chronic, Volume 10 and Spoon. Like the group name implies, the Fellowship put their lyrical emphasis on the freestyle flow and incorporated jazz influences in their hip-hop beats.

Innercity Griots was seen as a prized alternative to West Coast gangsta rap in a time when groups like N.W.A were dominating the airwaves.

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