This Day in Hip Hop History

The First Hip Hop Album Ever to Reach #1 on the Billboard

Full Cover of the First Hip Hop Album Ever to Reach #1 on the Billboard

Today, November 15, marks the day a few rappers will be blowing out the candles (or would be) as well as the release of one of hip hop’s most influential albums. Today, recent NC rapper, B.O.B. turns a mere 23 years old. Bobby Ray has a long promising career ahead of him as the young emcee is younger than Wiz Khalifa and Meek Mill and was named to MTV’s 2010 10 Hottest Rappers in the Game segment. Also, today E-40 blows out quite a few extra candles on his cake, as the West Coast OG turns 44. Today too represents the what-would-be born day of deceased Ol’ Dirty Bastard (check the “This Day in Hip Hop History” from 2 days ago). Dirt Dog died only 2 days before his 36th birthday. Ason Unique would have hit 43 years old today. Lastly, 25 years ago, The Beastie Boys dropped arguably the most influential rap album ever in Licensed to Ill. Licensed to Ill became the first hip hop album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 as well as the album Eminem claims got him interested in rap. The Beastie Boys debut also went 9x Platinum being Columbia Record’s fastest-selling record to date, received 5 mics in the Source, being the only album by a white artist ever to do so (thanks to Benzino), and was listed by Rolling Stone as the 217th greatest album ever of any genre of music.

Bobby Ray aka B.O.B.

Bobby Ray aka B.O.B.

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