Music Birthday: Murda Beatz

Today, February 11, 1994, Murda Beatz was born Shane Lee Lindstrom in Fort Erie, Canada. On February 12, 2020, Murda Beatz’ ‘Do Not Disturb’ collaboration with Smokepurpp, Offset and Lil Yatchy earned gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.  The song, released March 28, 2018, is a joint production by Murda Beatz and…

Music Birthday: Project Pat

Today, February 8, 1973, Project Pat was born Patrick Earl Houston in Memphis, Tennessee. On March 29, 2001, Project Pat’s second studio album, “MISTA DON’T PLAY — EVERYTHANGS WORKIN’,” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. “MISTA DON’T PLAY — EVERYTHANGS WORKIN’” is brimmed with head-nodding southern hip-hop, and laced with close-knit…

Music Birthday: Capone

Today, February 8, 1976, Capone was born Kiam Akasi Holley in Queens, NY. Capone has a song called 2009 ‘Dirty Game,’ included on his “Revenge Is a Promise” album.  This song samples three culturally impactful rap songs: ‘The Set Up (Remix)’ by Obie Trice and Nate Dogg ft. Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss and Redman, ‘Westside Story’…

Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Music Birthday: Tinashe

Today, February 6, 1993, Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Tinashe did a song with British EMD duo Snakehips, and Chance the Rapper called ‘All My Friends.’ The song comes from Snakehips’ 2016 extended play of the same name. ‘All My Friends’ was released in October 2015, and peaked at no. 3 on…

Migos: “Culture”

Today, January 27, 2017, Migos released their second studio album, “Culture.” This Grammy-nominated album includes the hit singles ‘Bad and Boujee’ ft. Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Slippery’ ft. Gucci Mane, and ‘T-Shirt.’  On the American iTunes Chart, “Culture” reached no. 5, becoming their second top 10 album on the chart since 2015’s “Yung Rich Nation.” “Culture”…

Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “Osirus: The Official Mixtape”

Today, January 4, 2005, Ol’ Dirty Bastard posthumously released his “Osirus” mixtape. This hip-hop album peaked at no. 157 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 9 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.  “Osirus” has the ‘Pop Shots’ song, a production by DJ Premier. The song samples ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ by ODB, ‘Protect Ya Neck’…

Bond James Hard: “Spaced Out 2”

Today, December 26, 2020, “Spaced Out 2” by Bond James Hard (BJH)has received upwards 600 views on YouTube. Having only been out since September 26, that view count is impressive, and it is increasing. For an independent rapper, whose already worked with esteemed hip-hop heads Kirko Bangz and Lil Flip, that increasing view count truly…