On this day, June 4, in hip-hop history...

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Universal Records

1996: On June 4, 1996, the Lost Boyz—a group of four MCs from from South Jamaica, Queens, NYC that consisted of Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, DJ Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou—hit the ground running when they released their debut album Legal Drug Money.

"Renee," "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless," "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz," "Get Up," and "Music Makes Me High" were the hit singles that made their debut a classic. "Renee" was undoubtedly their best record on the album. The single broke the Billboard Top 20 and reached Gold status in 1996. It was also featured on the soundtrack of Shawn and Marlon Wayans' 1996 comedy film Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. 

Legal Drug Money peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. It was certified Gold by the RIAA just two months after it was released. The Lost Boyz had the ability to represent Queens and South Jamaica to the fullest, showcasing amazing storytelling ability. And what's better is that they only had up to go from there. Today, Legal Drug Money celebrates its twenty year reunion and still stands as a testament to pivotal and honest reality rap. Bump this LP at any summer barbecue or function and see how the mood gets elevated!

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