Today, November 12, 5 years ago BET aired the BET Hip Hop Awards for the first time. Katt Williams hosted the event while T.I. took home most of the awards including CD of the Year, MVP, and Ringtone of the Year. NaS was awarded the Hip Hop Icon Award and Papoose, Styles P, Lupe Fiasco, and Rhymefest freestyled in the infamous Cypher segment. Also, today 38 years ago, Afrika Bambaataa birthed what is now known as the Zulu Nation. Bambaataa started the Universal Zulu Nation as a group of socially aware rappers and activists as the group incorporated all facets of life and hip hop. The Zulu Nation today has spread onto almost every continent and has moved away from it’s late 80’s doctorine of Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths teachings and practices, working to improve the quality of life for good peaceful less fortunate masses. Today is also the 15th anniversary of Snoop Dogg (then Snoop Doggy Dogg) dropping his second studio album, Tha Doggfather. Though the album sold 2 million copies and debuted at #1, it was a step down in success compared to Snoop’s first effort, Doggystyle, with former producer Dr. Dre even claiming “I just didn’t like Snoop’s new album”. Personally, I own a hardcopy of Tha Doggfather and despite it’s mixed moderate reviews from critics, I think it is one of the most underrated albums ever dropped and one of Snoop’s greatest efforts. The album was dropped only 1 week after 2Pac’s first posthumous album, Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory and was also sandwiched in between Dr. Dre leaving Death Row, Suge Knight being indited for Racketeering, and of course, 2Pac’s death leading to the album being overlooked. Tha Doggfather displayed an interesting side of Snoop Dogg only seen on that album, considering the album dropped a short 9 months after his aquittal of gang-related murder charges. The album’s production also took little hit despite Dr. Dre’s absence in the production, continuing to incorporate a high level of “G-Funk”.