This day, September 11th, sixteen years ago (2oo1) was a devastating tragedy for American history books with the bombing of New York City tallest landmark, the World Trade Center. We will never forget the many who lost their lives on that Tuesday morning upon going to work, or those who were apart of the rescue efforts that died saving the lives of others. A day Americans will always remember.
For more reasons than one.
A few staples in the culture dropped their albums on the day too. No pun intended- Fabolous’ debut album, Ghetto Fabolous dropped that day, as well as Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, which can arguably be considered his 3rd or 4th classic. Being apart of the same Def Jam family, this was a huge day in that building as you can imagine, but I bet during the given moment as there was no turning back releasing those gems due to the terror attack – made for a few bombs going off all over the place.
Fabolous had production from DJ Envy, DJ Clue, and had one record produced by Just Blaze who went on to become a part of the Def Jam/Roc-a-fella family via Mr. Shawn Carter himself.
He (Fabolous) had huge momentum coming off of years worth of great verses on some of DJ Clue’s mixtapes, alongside other notables Joe Budden and Paul Cain. The knock on him was, could he actually make a record instead of just being a ‘rappity rapper’. Sixteen years later, it’s safe to say he’s still one of the best to date.
Hov had Bink, Just Blaze, Timbaland and others produce on this album – the one to change the course of his career. The Blueprint.
Making history of its own, what some don’t know is that Eminem produced the Renegade track where him and Hov went back and forth through bars. There are still some debates on who got the better of who because both MC’s didn’t disappoint at all.
The Blueprint also had one of the best diss tracks of all time on it with the “Takeover”. That was when Jay-Z and Nas were in the thick of their beef, and Jay went on to reveal some things about fellow legendary MC Nas. Like when Jay sampled his voice on “The World Is Yours” to make the record “Dead Presidents”, he said;
“So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was usin’ it wrong/
You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song/
And you ain’t get a coin, nigga, you was gettin’ fucked then/
I know who I paid, God – Serchlite publishin’.”
Even though that day was a tragedy, those two albums still went on to sell very well. A platinum debut for Fab and a double platinum effort from Hov.