On this day in Hip-Hop history, Jay Z released The Black Album.
On this day in 2003, Jay Z released what was promoted as his retirement album, The Black Album, on Roc-A-Fella. The album featured production from Kanye West, Just Blaze, Aqua, 3H, DJ Quik, the Neptunes, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, the Buchannans, and Eminem.
The Black Album spawned the hit singles "99 Problems," which won a Grammy and was certified platinum; "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," "Encore," "What More Can I Say," and "Change Clothes," which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
Also on this day...
1989 - 3rd Bass released their debut album The Cactus Al/bum on Def Jam.
1989 - Def Jef released his debut album Just a Poet with Soul on Delicious Vinyl.
1995 - Alliance Ethnik released their debut album Simple et Funky on Delabel Records.
1995 - The Pharcyde released their sophomore album Labcabincalifornia on Delicious Vinyl.
2000 - Prodigy released his debut solo album H.N.I.C. on Loud.
2003 - G Unit released their debut album Beg for Mercy on Interscope.
2003 - Paramount Pictures released the documentary Tupac: Resurrection.
This day in Birthdays...
Joseph "Run" Simmons (1964) - American musician, rapper, and actor. One of the founding members of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. Also a practicing minister.