Arguably the most slept-on album to be released on the label, The Black Rob Report was simply dope. Like it or not, this album had hits, a lot of them. Most thought they were hearing Biggie resurrected, but it was really Jamal Burroughs. Although they went all the way back to their gritty origins once they went to Ruff Ryders with their epic sophomore album, We Are The Streets, we did get a taste of their trio power. Shyne - Shyne 2000 Was there a more controversial star in the rap game in 2000 than this enigmatic Belize-born Brooklynite named Shyne? Black Rob - The Black Rob Report 2005 How do you follow up a huge debut success like Life Story? Unfortunately, he was incarcerated during the release of his album due to the whole incident at the nightclub that Diddy was accused of assault with his then girlfriend, Jenifer Lopez. Machine Gun Kelly - Lace Up 2012 Straight outta Cleveland comes a young, brash, yet talented young caucasian emcee this side of Eminem.
I know I said that we had concluded the , but it had occurred to me that there was one last very prominent label I left off. His rapid-fire delivery and story-telling abilities were on display here and he represented. Black Rob - Life Story 2000 Straight from Brooklyn came a gritty cat named Robert Ross, aka Black Rob. This album solidified Biggie as a Hip Hop martyr, dying just trying to bring peace to an ugly Hip Hop world. This young Brooklynite was making rounds for his now legendary freestyle on the corner by his Bedstuy residence.
Unfortunately, we all know how events would play out, as he would never live to see the fruits of his incredible labor work. Who could front on the incredible remake of Eric B. Not to mention, his tales of drugs, crime, and intriguing story-telling abilities were similar as well. Before long, he was on cuts by Mary J. . Although not as big as his debut, this album was formidable in its own right. Obviously, once you heard this cat, the resemblance to Biggie in his voice and rhyme style is beyond scary.
This Long Island representative was dope, and his debut was almost top to bottom excellent. Well, Black Rob attempted to do so with his highly anticipated sophomore album, The Black Rob Report. This platinum debut showed people Bad Boy was handling things. His answer was in the form of Double Up, which had much of the same elements that made Harlem World such a hit. It produced an icon and generated many stars, and behind it all was an ambitious visionary from Harlem that still stands as one of the most powerful figures in music and entertainment. Blige and a then relatively unknown Faith Evans that made the album sell upwards of four million units. Although lacking some of the more epic cuts like his debut contained, this album still had hits aplenty.
The majority of the debut, Project: Funk Da World, was handled by close Bad Boy affiliate Easy Mo Bee. Seen much as a compilation album, Diddy delivered the goods on this commercially accessible treat. They unquestionably put the game on notice that they were here. This album was Diddy at his highest and stands as his best album to date. After delivering one of the stellar debuts of all-time with , heads worldwide were ready for the follow-up album,. Blige and Super Cat, paving the way for his debut,. Raw and personal, this album had bits of definite promise.
Harlem World was commercially a certified hit, as it sold upwards of four million units, which made it one of the most successful debuts of that time period, and Bad Boy officially crowned their new star post-Biggie. Say what you will about the fact that he introduced a new era that was highly commercialized and filled with designer clothes, expensive champagne, and the like, this debut album is considered a classic in many circles. As you can see, Bad Boy had superb releases and at its highest point, it was every bit as potent as rival labels like Deathrow, Roc-A-Fella, and Ruff Ryders. Just like that, anticipation grew for his debut, Child Of The Ghetto. Craig Mack - Project: Funk Da World 1994 Poor Craig Mack. Living Legends was filled with anthems for both longtime fans and new fans alike. One of the most renowned double albums in Hip Hop history, this album sold upwards of ten million units and immortalized Christopher Wallace as an icon.
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