This Day in Hip-Hop History

Single Artwork for Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On"
Single Artwork for Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On”

Today, October 26th, marks the day 11 years ago Eminem was nearly prevented from preforming at Toronto’s Skydome when Ontario Attorney General Jim Flaherty protested. Flaherty protested claiming, “”I personally don’t want anyone coming to Canada who will come here and advocate violence against women.” Canadian government even threatened charges of hate crimes against Mathers for lyrics to the song “Kill You”. However, the show went on. Speaking of, today marks the day 1 year ago Lupe Fiasco released his most successful single to date, “The Show Goes On”. The song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Rap charts and Billboard 100 (It’s beyond me how this song didn’t top the charts considering how much I heard it everywhere I went). Less importantly, today marks the day 18 years ago, Shaquille O’Neal dropped his platinum certified album, Shaq Diesel. The album met much success, peaking at #25 on the Billboard 200, selling 1 million copies in within it’s first 6 months. Though the album included production from longtime EPMD member, Erick Sermon, Shaq’s career never quite panned out.

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