MUSIC NERD MOMENT OF THE DAY: 1993 (Wu Tang, Snoop and Tribe)

I’ll try not to get too involved or too wordy on you here but many of you know how much of a music history junkie I am by now. And just in case folks reading this might not know (or need to be reminded of how we’re all getting older), 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of some of Hip Hop’s biggest and most landmark albums at a time when there was very much a shift away from what many folks had known Hip Hop to be for a long time towards a more commercial, mainstream yet surprisingly more gangsta rappish sound as well. Those albums are Wu Tang’s Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. While Tribe released their third album in a run of classic material to rival that of Stevie Wonder in the 1970s, just in the form of Hip Hop, Wu Tang and Snoop were noobies on the scene releasing their first albums respectively. Each body of work had it’s own set of elements that made it stand out: Midnight Marauders was a continuation of Tribe’s jazzy and introspective yet street centered, conscious Hip Hop, while Enter The Wu Tang was had an extremely D.I.Y., gritty and grimey, stick-up kid music feel to it, and Snoop’s Doggystyle was a California microcosm of weed, women, sex, violence and G-Funk goodness. Hard to believe that each of these albums was release two decades ago. But a good thing to note is that many of the players involved in the creation of each album are still active musically (Snoop having recently switched up his style again to become Snoop Lion, Q-Tip currently working with Kendrick Lamar, and RZA having just helped Ghostface Killah release his latest studio album with 12 Reasons to Die.) So many memories when you put the tunes to some of these albums on. Let’s just reminisce for a bit, shall we?

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