Black Music Month: Hip-Hop Time Line 2004-2007

As if following some imaginary script, from ’04 –’07, artists began to fall in line with their roles, Kanye West became the kid in school destined for greatness, but was way too concerned with his greatness

but was way too concerned with his greatness, 50 Cent took on the

title as the Hip-Hop bully who can’t help but still be charismatic and popular,

Snoop was that guy who’s been around forever but is still cooler than 99% of

the new kids, and the list goes on.

There

isn’t much to reminisce about seeing that 2004-2007 are still in the rearview

mirror, but there were definitely some defining moments. Who can forget the

disappointment that set in when people realized after a tease from The Fugees

that any probability of a full-fledged return is pretty much non-existent.

For

the first time, Southern rap acts dominated the charts, almost seizing every

single top 10 spot in some instances. However, somewhere along the way people

started declaring that Hip-Hop was dead (not sure who gave out that memo), how

many ringtones you sold foretold your popularity and Lil Wayne started

referring himself as the best rapper alive. That’s a lot in four years.

Also,

the floodgates were wide open and if you could make a song instructing

listeners to “lean back”, “shoulder lean’”, “pop, lock and drop it”, or “shake

something”, there was a reserved slot for you on the Top 100. A decline in

record sales had been occurring for years, but it didn’t stop artists from

snagging their shine elsewhere. During this time, more Hip-Hop oriented shows

than ever invaded television. From Flavor Flav, Missy Elliot, Salt-N-Pepa, Irv

Gotti, Lil Kim, and of course, Diddy; everyone was getting love from the tube.

Right now, when nearly every decent rapper is contemplating

“retirement” there’s no telling what the next four years will bring. Luckily,

“the Hip-Hop is dead” sentiment seems to lose credibility each and every time a

solid album is released reminding us there’s been no funeral and Hip-Hop dying

is NEVER an option.

2004

January 27,

2004 – Twista enjoys the biggest commercial success of his music career
when he drops, *Kamikaze* which includes
singles like “Overnight Celebrity”, and “Slow Jamz”
with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.

January 30,

2004 – *You Got Served*, starring Omarion
and Marques Houston in an energetic film that focused on Hip-Hop
dance battles comes to theaters.

February 10,

2004 – After years behind the beats, Kanye West drops his hit album, *College*
*Dropout*. *College Dropout* registers him in as the next rapper to blow up due to his ability
to touch on topics everyone can relate to. “Through the Wire”, “Slow Jamz”,
“Jesus Walks” were number one singles. 

March 24,

2004 – Madvillian (Comprised of MF Doom, and Madlib) drops *Madvillainy,* which was the wild card of the year possessing innovative tracks
and garnering critical acclaim for the tandem.

March 30,

2004 – After many delays dead prez drops their proper sophomore album *RBG: Revolutionary*
*But Gangsta* .

April 20,

2004 – Ghostface Killah having no qualms about staying consistent releases

The Pretty Toney Album.

May 11, 2004

– Pete Rock recruits some of Hip-Hop’s most talented to feature on his *Soul*
*Survivor II.* Slum Village, Talib Kweli, Kardinall
Offishall, and Little Brother are only a few of the artists who appear on
the record

May 11, 2004

– 8Ball & MJG release *Living Legends* via Bad Boy Records.

June 1, 2004

– Masta Killa becomes the last Wu-Tang Clan member to release solo album
when he drops *No Said Date.*Summer 2004
– T.I and Ludacris both appear on Young Buck’s, “Stomp” taking
obvious jibes at one another. Shortly after, representatives for T.I try
to urge Ludacris to change his verses for the track to be cleared for
Young Buck’s, *Straight Outta Cashville* but the rapper refuses. The original version of
“Stomp” that had found its way to several mixtapes was later
replaced with a remix that did not feature T.I.

June 22,

2004 – Jadakiss uses a heavy selection of producers for his sophomore
album *Kiss of Death,* known for the
introspective hit, “Why” featuring Anthony Hamilton.

June 29,

2004 – Lil Wayne releases *Tha Carter;* the album that truly puts him on the mainstream radar with the hit
single “Go DJ.”

June 29,

2004 – Lloyd Banks releases drops *The Hunger for More*, making him the most widely acclaimed G-Unit member next to 50
Cent. 

July 13,

2004 –The Roots release, *The Tipping Point,* a ten track album featuring, “Don’t Say Nuthin”, and
“Star/Pointro”

July 27,

2004 – Terror Squad’s second album, *True Story* produces, “Lean Back”, one of the hottest anthems of the summer
of 2004.

August 3,

2004 – Three years after his last album, Masta Ace drops *A Long Hot*
*Summer*. One of the year’s most creative
albums tells the story of “Ace”, an underground rapper during a
summer in Brooklyn.

August

10, 2004 – Mobb Deep drops *Amerikaz Nightmare* on Jive
Records.

August 24,

2004 *–* Pitbull’s debut *M.I.A.M.I* drops, instantly exposing the world to the Miami native’s use of
fast paced beats, a hint of reggaeton, and Hip-Hop.

August 24,

2004 – Retreating from retirement Mason “Mase” Betha releases his third
album, *Welcome Back*.  However,
even after trying to connect with G-Unit he doesn’t stay around long. 

August 24,

2004 *–* G-Unit recruit Young Buck drops his debut, *Straight Outta*
*Cashville*.

2004 is a

busy year for rapper, Foxy Brown after she signs on with Roc-a-fella in a
deal with former mentor, Jay-Z; Around that time on August 29th
she finds herself in legal trouble after two manicurists accuse her of
physically attacking them over an unpaid bill.

September

28, 2004 – After a two year hiatus, Talib Kweli’s returns with *A*
*Beautiful Struggle* where he works
with Jean Grae, Common, and Mary J. Blige.

October 5,

2004 – De La Soul’s *The Grind Date* arrives to the scene,  shortly after, BET refuses to air
their “Shopping Bags” video claiming that the group doesn’t appeal to the
network’s target audience.

October 12,

2004 – Mos Def drops his sophomore album, *The New Danger.* Mos Def’s controversial verses on “The Rape Over”,
exposing his opinions on who’s running Hip-Hop is taken off the final
album.

October 12,

2004 – VH1 begins its honorary Hip-Hop Honors show to celebrate the contributions
of legendary artists.

November 5,

2004 – He may have been retired (at the time) but that didn’t stop Jay-Z’s
documentary *Fade to Black.* 

November 12,

2004 – Eminem’*s Encore* is released;
although still holding tight to the same style that he’s infamous for, the
album also presents his more contemplative side on, “Mosh”,
“Mockingbird”, and “Like Toy Soldiers.”

November 13,

2004 – ‘Ol Dirty Bastard collapses and is later pronounced dead, at first
it was thought to be heart failure until autopsy results indicated the
Wu-Tang Clan member had died of an accidental overdose. 

November 14,

2004 – During the VIBE awards, Dr. Dre is punched by Jimmy James Johnson
after refusing to grant an autograph, the following events take a turn for
the worst when Young Buck allegedly stabs the man in the chest, with a
fork.

November 16,

2004 – Snoop Dogg releases *R&G:  Rhythm and Gangsta*.

November

16, 2004 – Lil Jon &The East Side Boyz release

Crunk Juice which capitalizes

on the success of the crunk sound that was infiltrating Hip-Hop. 

November

30, 2004 – Nas *Street Disciple,* his first double disc studio album. 

November 30,

2004 – Jay-Z teams up with rock group Linkin Park
for their highly successful, EP, *Collision Course.*

December

6, 2004 – It’s in 2004 that the Stop Snitching campaign gains attention
when a man named Rodney Bethea released his DVD, called *Stop*
*Snitching!* to try and intimidate those who report
illegal activities to the authorities; after the DVD, Stop Snitchin’
t-shirts hit the streets, including a version made by The Diplomats. Although
the maker claims it was strictly for entertainment the stop snitching
mentality doesn’t stray far from the attitude of some in Hip-Hop.

December 7,

2004 – Cam’ron’s second solo album, *Purple Haze* re-emphasizes the Harlem rapper’s ability to make hits despite
audacious songs where he clearly portrays that lyrically he’ll say
whatever he wants. 

December 9,

2004 – Ludacris releases *The Red Light District* which
features “Number One Spot” and “Get Back.”

December 14,

2004 – Xzibit drops *Weapons of Mass Destruction*.

2005

January 5,

2005 – Missy Elliot seeks the next big female star in her reality TV show,

The Road to Stardom where 13

contestants compete for a chance at becoming a superstar (unfortunately,
we never saw much from the winner, Jessica Betts)

January 5,

2005 – Pete Rock’s 2005 album *The Surviving Elements: From Soul*
*Survivor II Sessions* is released
without Pete Rock’s consent resulting in Pete suing the label for not
clearing some of the samples used on the album.

January 18,

2005 – The Game’s highly anticipated debut, *The*
*Documentary,* is released and goes Gold in its first
week. 

February 28,

2005 – 50 Cent announces, The Game has been kicked out of G-Unit and begin
a feud stemming from 50’s disapproval of the Compton rapper stating he
refuses to take part in any drama 50 Cent has with other Hip-Hop artists;
following months later would be a litany of diss records made until a
press conference in Harlem seemed to end the rivalry, but the truce was
short lived as they went back after each other shortly after denouncing
one another’s credibility.

March 3,

2005 – 50 Cent’s highly anticipated sophomore album, *The*
*Massacre* hits shelves. 

March 25,

2005 – Stepping away from the big screen, Will Smith returns with *Lost and*
*Found*, his fifth album.  

April 13,

2005 – *State Property 2* revisits, street
hustler Beans (Beanie Sigel) who struggles to regain his lock on the drug
game after being released from prison, like the original, several Hip-Hop
artists appeared in the film directed and produced by Damon Dash.

April 19,

2005 –With *Who is Mike Jones?* , Mike
Jones finally gains more notoriety than with his debut album.

April 19,

2005 – The Outlawz’  release, *Outlawz 4 Life:2005 A.P*, the A.P referring to ‘After Pac’.

May 2, 2006

– Mobb Deep drops their first album as G-Unit artists *Blood Money*. Prodigy gives Jesus the finger on “Pearly Gates”
while many of their longtime fans get past their new affiliations. 

May

24, 2005 – Common drops *BE* and
everyone get on board with the lyricist again after the iffy reception of *Electric*
*Circus*. Kanye West executive produces.

June 2005 –

Mobb Deep and M.O.P. announce they have signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit
Records. 

June 14,

2005 – Fat Joe’s *All or Nothing* featuring heavy production from Cool & Dre and DJ Khaled hits
the streets, the Bronx rapper’s album
also arrives around the same time the war of the words between himself and
50 Cent starts to ignite.

June 28,

2005 – The Ying Yang Twins’ fourth album, *U.S.A*
*(United States of Atlanta)* is
released in time for hardcore summer airplay with “Wait (The Whisper
Song)” and “Shake” featuring Pitbull.

June 28,

2005 – Karrine Steffans, better known as “Superhead” releases her tell-all
book, *Confessions of a Video Vixen*  where
she rattles of names her sexcapades with several of Hip-Hop and Hollywood leading
men in candid detail; the book became a best seller.

July 2005 –

Khia says that she considers herself the Queen of the South downplaying
the success of Trina and Jackie-O who she claims use sex to sell, this
launches a series of songs aimed toward each other between Khia and Trina.

July 2, 2005

– The film *Hustle and Flow* stars Terrence
Howard as DJay, a down on his luck drug dealing pimp who dreams of making
it big as a rapper. The soundtrack for the movie featured Three Six
Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” which earns the group an
Oscar. 

July 5, 2005

–  Missy Elliot serves up new material with *The*
*Cookbook*, her sixth album with, “Lose Control”
featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop,  and “We Run This” heightening it’s
popularity.

July 6, 2005

– Lil Kim is sentenced to a year and a day in prison for perjury stemming
from her testimony regarding a shooting outside of Hot 97’s offices. 

July 26,

2005 – Young Jeezy drops, *Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101,* his first “studio” album.

August 16,

2005 – P. Diddy does a switch up again. Appearing on *The Today*
*Show* he announces he’s now known as “Diddy.”

August 30,

2005 – The last of the G-Unit crew to drop his own solo album, Tony Yayo’s

Thoughts of a Predicate Felon is

released. 

September 2,

2005 – Following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, an incensed Kanye West
appears on a NBC fundraising concert special where he steers away from the
status quo by erupting on TV with his dismay at the portrayal of black
victims of Hurricane Katrina before ultimately stating “George Bush
doesn’t care about black people.”

September

20, 2005 – Paul Wall drops his debut album, *The*
*People’s Champ.* 

September

25, 2005 – Lil Kim releases *The Naked Truth.* 

September

27, 2005 – *Most Known Unknown,* by Three
Six Mafia drops; “Stay Fly”, at that time became the Tennessee
group’s most successful hit, along with “Poppin My Collar.”

October 13,

2005 – MTV premiers *Run’s House*, a reality
TV show that focuses on Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons’ family life.

October 15,

2005 – Bun B’s solo album *Trill* is released.

October 23,

2005 – During Howard U’s Homecoming weekend Cam’ron is shot at the wheel
of his car after refusing to give up his Lamborghini to a carjacker;
Cam’ron later goes on record saying he would not cooperate with police to
investigate who shot him because he doesn’t believe in snitching.

October

27, 2005 – After a nasty rivalry that had begun in ’01, Jay-Z and Nas stun
an audience during one of Jay-Z’s “I Declare War” concerts by performing
together a rendition of Jay-Z’s classic, “Dead Presidents” and other songs
officially calling a truce between two of Hip-Hop’s most influential
artists.

November 5,

2005 – The film *Get Rich or Die Tryin’* , 50 Cent’s semi-autobiographical life story, is released in
theaters; although it manages to illustrate the harshness of the street
life, the film wasn’t without controversy over 50’s movie posters which
show the rapper with a gun, also high profile actor,  Samuel L.
Jackson spoke out this time citing his disapproval in general with artists
who move from the mic to film.

November 6,

2005 – *The Boondocks*, Aaron McGruder’s
smart, witty, and line pushing satirical cartoon premiers. Based off
Aaron McGruder’s comic strip, the cartoon cleverly exposes cultural
stereotypes with little restraint. The animated series  features the
voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Xzibit, Sway, Mos Def, Kat Williams and
Charlie Murphy as recurring characters  (It’s pretty sad when a
cartoon is the realest show on TV).

November 22,

2005 –  *The Sound*
*of Revenge,* Chamillionaire’s first album,
ultimately would go platinum off the top single, “Ridin.”

December 2,

2005 – Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo and his brother Chris are
cleared of money laundering charges after nearly two years of
investigation. Prior to the ruling,  The Inc. was heavily
investigated for its dealings with high profile drug dealer,  Kenneth
“Supreme” McGriff.

December 6,

2005 –Lil Wayne’s *Tha Carter II* is released. 

December

2005 – News circulates that rapper, Foxy Brown has gone partially deaf
stunting the progress of her impending project, *Black Roses.*

2006

January 1,

2006 – Flavor Flav of Public Enemy gets his own reality TV show, *Flavor of*
*Love,* where dozens of young beautiful women
compete to capture the hypeman’s heart. 

February 7,

2006 – Remy Ma releases her debut *There’s Something about Remy*: *Based on a True Story.* 

February

10, 2006 – James Jay “Dee/J Dilla” Yancey passes away only three days
after his birthday and the release of his instrumental album, *Donuts.*

March 3,

2006 – *Dave Chappelle’s Block* *Party* was the comedian’s documentary following a block party he threw in
Brooklyn in 2004 where he invited dozens
of artists  such as Dead Prez, Kool G Rap, Bilal, The Fugees, Kanye
West, and more to perform.

March 9,

2006 – BET follows the days of Lil Kim before she begins serving her
prison sentence on *Countdown to*
*Lockdown.*

March 28,

2006 – T.I’s *King* comes out around
the same time as the film, *ATL*
(March 31), both which shone the light of T.I as a rapper and budding
actor.

March 28,

2006 – Ghostface drops another heater of an album with *Fishscale*.

March 31,

2006 – *ATL*, a coming of age story about four
friends preparing for life after high school hits theaters, T.I, Big Boi,
Lauren London, Evan Ross all appear in the film. 

April 11,

2006 – Proof of D-12 is shot in the head and killed outside of the CCC
Club in Detroit. 

May 2006 –

DJ Drama and Lil Wayne drops the highly successful *Dedication 2* mixtape.

May 30, 2006

– Shawnna drops her sophomore album *Block Party* which features the Too Short sampling “Gettin Some.” 

June 15,

2006 – Jay-Z launches a boycott against Cristal and also bans the
champagne from being sold at his 40/40 Club establishments after the head
of the company that makes Cristal eludes to the fact that rappers drinking
and promoting Cristal can have a negative impact on the brand’s
reputation.

July 3, 2006

– Lil Kim is released from the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center following
her 2005 guilty conviction for perjury involving the 2001 shooting outside
of Hot97.

July 22,

2006 – Pharrell of The Neptunes releases his solo album, *In My Mind.*

August 1,

2006 – DMX’s *Year of the Dog…Again* makes it to
number two on the charts proving despite legal troubles, fans still were
feeling DMX’s rugged style of rap; however for the rapper, it broke his
streak of having all five of his first albums reaching number one.

August 29,

2006 – *4:21: The Day After* by Method
Man is released.

August 8,

2006 – Rick Ross steps on the scene with his debut album, *Port of*
*Miami*.

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August 25, 2006 – Big

Boi and Andre 3000 star in the film/musical Idlewild.

September

26, 2006 *–* Ludacris drops the Grammy winning *Release Therapy*; the album presents a more introspective Ludacris.

October

17, 2006 – Diddy was ready to get back on music charts when he released, *Press Play*, his third solo album. 

October 31,

2006 – Lil Wayne and his surrogate father Birdman released their
collaborative project, *Like Father, Like Son.*

November

2006 – Jay-Z goes on the record with 105.1’s Egypt and denies any devil
worshipping allegations after C. Craige Lewis from EX Ministries
interprets lyrics as such in a Jay-Z song from *The Black*
*Album* (Note: Craige Lewis is the same minster
who has a Truth Behind Hip Hop DVD where he claims to expose the dark side
of Hip-Hop.) 

November 7,

2006 – AZ, whose never leaves the rap scene for too long,releases
his sixth album, *The Format.*

November 14,

2006 – The Game, sets out on his own without the help of 50 Cent or Dr.
Dre for his second album, *The Doctor’s Advocate.*

November 21, 2006 – Jay-Z drops his first “post-retirement” album,

Kingdom Come.

November 28,

2006 – Following in the footsteps of Karrine Steffans, Carmen Bryan’s tell
all book, *It’s No Secret* hits stores.
Carmen, Nas’ ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter who was at the
center of his feud with Jay-Z elaborates in the book on her relationships
with both artists. 

November 28,

2006 – The Clipse finally release the group’s much delayed album, *Hell Hath*
*No Fury*.

December

18, 2006 *– Hip Hop is Dead,* Nas’s first
album with Def Jam arrives; the inspiration for the title is due to the lack
of power he feels rap artists have in their own careers, however many
Southern rappers responded to the veteran rapper’s title negatively as
they perceived Nas to be referring to the South.

2007

January 16,

2007 – The Aphilliates’ offices are raided and DJ Drama and Don Cannon are
arrested on racketeering charges stemming from their sales of mixtapes.
Nice use of taxpayer money. 

March 12,

2007 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five become the first rap acts in
history to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

April

3, 2007 – Taking a break from just bein the man behind the beats,
Timbaland releases his second solo album, *Shock Value* filled with chart toppers like “The Way I Are”, and “Apologize.”

April 3,

2007 – Rich Boy’s self entitled first album is released ; his first single
is “Throw Some D’s” that drew tremendous attention to the Alabama rapper.

April 4,

2007 – Radio talk show host, Don Imus causes controversy when he refers to
the Rutgers Women’s basketball team, who are predominantly black, as
“nappy headed hoes”,  following the controversy and his boot from his
position (which he later acquired back months later) he issues an apology
for offending anyone, and goes on to say that Hip-Hop was to blame for his
comments (yeah, ok) as the genre promotes derogatory statements about
women. 

April 11,

2007 – Before getting down with Dr. Dre and Aftermath Entertainment, Joell
Ortiz releases *The Brick (Bodega Chronicles).*

April 2007 –

Atlanta Falcons football player, Michael Vick finds himself in deep
trouble when police probe an investigation into a dog fighting ring that
ran from his VA home.

April

27,  2007 – Young Buck drops his sophomore album, *Buck The* *World*. 

May 2007 –

Confirming rumors of a split, rapper Jim Jones tells Miss Jones of Hot 97
he hasn’t spoken to Cam’ron in a year.

May 22, 2007

– After nearly twenty years of rivalry, KRS-One and Marley Marl attempt to
refute the Hip-Hop is chatter with a collaborative album titled *Hip Hop*
*Lives*.

June 12,

2007 – Stack Bundles, widely known for his association with The Diplomats,
is shot and killed outside his house in Queens at the age of 24.

June 12,

2007 – Miami’s DJ Khaled drops his album *We The Best* featuring an all star roster of talent including Trick Daddy, Lil
Wayne, Cassidy, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Akon and T.I.

June 14,

2007 – As a result of a feud that never quite dissolved between T.I and
Ludacris, T.I punches Ludacris’ manager, Chaka Zulu in the face at a
luncheon, T.I later apologizes and it’s reported the two rappers squash
their rivalry for once and all.

July

3, 2007 –T.I. releases his new album, *T.I vs T.I.P*, within a year of his last one 

July 14,

2007 – Remy Ma surrenders herself to authorities following a shooting
outside a Manhattan pizzeria. She is sought on charges of shooting a
friend over a financial dispute.

July 23,

2007 – Rappers Ja Rule and Lil Wayne are both arrested within hours of one
another for separate gun charges. 

July 31,

2007 – Common drops another fresh album with *Finding*
*Forever*.

August 7,

2007 *–* UGK’s album *Underground Kingz* is released, featuring the single “International Player’s Anthem
(I Choose You)” featuring Outkast. 

August 7,

2007 – Plies drops *The Real Testament* which includes the “100 Bars”, one of the realest and harshest Hip-Hop
songs about the correctional system in years.

August 16,

2007 – It was evident that Hip-Hop is doing something right when Forbes Magazine
has a Hip Hop Cash King section; Jay-Z tops the list for his 2006
financial income.

August 21,

2007 – Swizz Beatz releases his solo album, *One*
*Man Band*.

August 24,

2007 – Despite, reuniting for a TV performance on the 2005 BET awards and
a European tour, Pras of The Fugees confirms there will be no Fugees album
in the near future or distant future and attributes it to Lauryn…ahem, Ms.
Hill.

September 7,

2007 – It hasn’t seemed like the 2007 has been the year for female
rappers; Foxy Brown is officially charged for several incidents including
breaking probation by assaulting a Florida
woman.

September

11, 2007 – 50 Cent and Kanye West engage in an album sale competition,
each one claiming they can sell more than the other their first week with *Curtis* and *Graduation*, respectively. 50
Cent even felt so confident as to say if Kanye beat him he’d retire from
rap (comments he later took back), while Kanye changed his release date
for the friendly battle. The winner in the competition was Kanye West’s *Graduation,* though both albums have done successful numbers on the charts.

September

18, 2007 – Not caring if he lost cool points or not, Chamillionaire
releases, *The Ultimate Victory*, which
contains no curse words as the rapper explains he doesn’t need them
to shine on wax.

September

2007 – Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy Tell’em)” stays at the top of
charts for weeks while sweeping the nation provoking everyone to do
the “Soulja Boy”, after speculations began about just what the 17 year-old
meant by ‘ superman that h\*\*’, Soulja Boy claimed that his song was just a
song and had no sexual connotations at all. 

October 2007

– In what was eventually termed “Fiascogate,” Lupe Fiasco messes up the
words to A Tribe Called Quest’s, “Electric Relaxation” during a
performance at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Award show. Following criticism of his
performance, Fiasco goes on to claim he never listened to ATCQ and was
inspired by west coast rap and was asked by Q-Tip to perform, in a chain
reaction of events including Q-Tip stating he never asked Lupe to perform
and Lupe threatening to sue VIBE in reference to an interview, the
situation eventually dies down well before the rapper’s sophomore album is
released.

October 2,

2007 – Soulja Boy’s debut, *souljaboytellem.com*
is released.

October 10,

2007 – Casting calls begin for a movie about the life of the Notorious
B.I.G., slated for a 2009 release.

October 13,

2007 – At a time when T.I should have been celebrating his rank as one of
the biggest artists in Hip-Hop, he’s facing gun charges that stem from an
incident when the Atlanta rapper tried to pick up machine guns and
firearms outside of an Atlanta Walgreens; T.I was concurrently being
investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
due to a tip off from one of T.I’s bodyguards who was delivering
information to law officials.

October 14,

2007 – Salt-n-Pepa reunite for their VH1 show, *The Salt N*
*Pepa Show* that centers on the twosome
redeveloping their friendship after years apart.

October 15,

2007 – *Gotti’s Way* premiers on VH1
following Irv Gotti’s quest to rebuild up The Inc. as well as his struggle
to balance between the demands of the music business and dealing with his
family.

November 2,

2007 – Denzel Washington portrays former drug lord, Frank Lucas in *American*
*Gangster* alongside Russell Crowe as the adamant
detective seeking to bring down his drug ring.

November 6,

2007 – Excelling at what he does best, Jay-Z churns out another album
named and inspired by the film, *American Gangster*; the tracks on *American Gangster* reinvent the enthusiasm for his music that some seem to have lost
following *Kingdome Come.*

November 10,

2007 – Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, passes away from complications
resulting from cosmetic surgery.

December 4,

2007 *–* Pimp C, of UGK is found dead in a Los
Angeles hotel room, mystery clouds his death until autopsy reports later
indicate the Texas rapper’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of
codeine and promethazine and sleep apnea.

December 11,

2007 – Wu Tang’s *8 Diagrams* is released
featuring all eight member, minus ‘Ol Dirty Bastard to which they dedicate
a song to called, “Life Changes.” Raekwon doesn’t like the beats.

December 18,

2007 – Lupe Fiasco’s sophomore album, *The Cool,* exudes with introspection, stunning tracks and well thought out
themes. “Superstar”, “Dumb it Down”, and “Hip Hop Saved Me” are the tracks
which help push along *The Cool’s* sales.
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