Oct. 7 in Hip-Hop Historical past

On this present day, Janet Jackson freed herself from The Velvet Rope and Ludacris launched the delectable Hen-n-Beer. We additionally give birthday shoutouts to hip-hop icon MC Lyte and R&B veteran Toni Braxton. Test it out under.

1997: Janet Jackson delivers the sensual The Velvet Rope

On this present day, Janet Jackson launched her sixth full-length album The Velvet Rope. The gathering was an enormous departure from her earlier efforts, because the R&B icon explored sexual politics, melancholy and her personal relationship travails (with then-boyfriend/collaborator René Elizondo) on varied songs.

She revealed her vulnerability on such tracks like “Collectively Once more,” the place she displays on the lack of a good friend who died from AIDS. On “Tonight’s the Night time” she sings about dropping her virginity and, on “I Get Lonely,” she yearns for the contact of her lover on a starry evening. General, The Velvet Rope is without doubt one of the most private albums in her discography.

“I don’t faux to talk for anyone,” Janet advised Rolling Stone in 1998. “And I don’t faux to characterize anybody. On the similar time, I want to supply hope. Individuals want nourishment. I want nourishment. That’s the artwork I’m involved in. Hopeful artwork.”

“The music is sensual, not brutal,” she continued. “The sensation of The Velvet Rope is mushy, not extreme.”

Learn Extra: ‘The Velvet Rope Was a Difficult File…’: A Dialog With Jimmy Jam


2003: Wu-Tang Clan alums RZA and Cappadonna drop new solo tasks

On this present day, not one however two Wu-Tang Clan solo albums had been launched in shops. The RZA’s Start of a Prince and Cappadonna’s The Wrestle each dropped on unbiased labels Sanctuary and Code Pink, respectively. The RZA’s album garnered consideration with its heavy visitor options like Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, the late Ol’ Soiled…

Oct. 7 in Hip-Hop Historical past