It was August 3rd, 1995. The second annual Source Awards was taking place, at the Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theater in New York. The events that night would change the course of hip-hop forever. At the time, Tupac had been shot and was sequestered in jail, with a bitter rivalry between the East Coast and the West Coast reaching a boiling point. This boiled over at the Awards ceremony, with Suge Knight, of Death Row Records (West Coast), taunting his rival Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, of Bad Boy Records (East Coast), onstage. The nature of the attack didn’t go down well, and the night descended into a tit-for-tat between the rival areas, with Snoop Dogg confronting the crowd after getting abuse, and Diddy throwing shots back at Suge by saying, “I live in the East, and I’m gonna die in the East.” The rivalry ballooned into violence and ultimately culminated in the deaths of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G, a year later.
As soon as I listened to ‘She Hates Me’ featuring Kid Cudi, one of the promotional tracks for the album, I knew it was going to be a must have, and I wasn’t wrong. The album varies from slow tempo songs to upbeat ones blending the two together nicely through skits and conversations. Big Boi, one half of the rap group Outcast, has definitely showcased and proven to many critics his capabilities as a solo artist, and with his distinctive flow along with strong production the album is one you will have on repeat for weeks.
First published: February 14, 2013