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The Source is a United States-based, monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture, founded in 1988. It is the world's second longest running rap periodical, behind United Kingdom-based publication Hip Hop Connection. The Source was founded as a newsletter in 1988 by college students David Mays and Jon Shecter distributed from their dorm room. The current president of the publication is Jeremy Miller. From humble beginnings, the Source had grown into one of the largest and most influential hip-hop publications in the United States[citation needed]. It had even grown to the point of being called "The Bible of Hip-Hop." [1] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... Hip hop is a subculture, which is said to have begun with the work of DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Afrika Bambaattaa. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Hip Hop Connection (HHC) is the longest running magazine devoted entirely to hip hop in the world. ... Look up Newsletter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... David Mays is the co-founder and co-owner of The Source magazine. ...

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History

The Source was started originally by David Mays and Jon Shecter while they both attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two were once radio disc jockeys and hosted Street Beat on Harvard's student-run radio station WHRB. Mays and Shecter, both white men, were influenced by hip-hop and wanted to give praise by devoting coverage to the rising music genre. The Source originally started as a concert newsletter, but its popularity grew after it scored an interview with LL Cool J. The Source was now growing from a small newsletter to a mainstream magazine. Harvard redirects here. ... Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-City Council  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - Total 7. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... WHRB is a commercial FM radio station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith III on January 14, 1968 in New York, New York) is a legendary American hip hop artist and actor. ...


Mays and Shecter decided to hire their college friends James Benard (as senior editor) and Ed Young (as associate publisher), and the four men immediately became equal shareholders in the ownership of the magazine. At the time, Mays handled duties as the publisher for the magazine, and Shecter was the editor-in-chief. The Source was moved from Massachusetts to New York City in 1990, a move that was made with the intention to expand the magazine into a mainstream market. A managing editor is a senior member of a publications management team. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Source soon became the most respected name in hip-hop journalism. The magazine featured cover stories on the crack/cocaine epidemic, police brutality, and New York's investigations of high-profile rappers. The magazine also included many notable features, including the famous Unsigned Hype. The publication has over eight million subscribers worldwide, and remains one of the most popular hip-hop magazines in the world. Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Unsigned Hype is a column in the hip-hop magazine The Source devoted to identifying promising new rappers who do not have record deals. ...


Spinoffs

As the Source expanded, the magazine then became involved in television programs such as The Source: All-Access and The Source: Sound Lab. Its annual award show, The Source Awards honors both hip-hop and R&B performers for their contributions to hip-hop. The "Lifetime Achievement" Award is the highest award given to a rapper who has contributed their time to succeeding in the hip-hop music industry. The Source also releases a compilation album of hip-hop/rap hits. The Source has expanded overseas with a French version of the rap magazine, alongside a Source Latino and The Source Israel magazine franchises. The company has invested in mobile phones and ringtones in which subscribers are offered their favorite choice of hip-hop ringtones. The Source also invested in its own urban clothing apparel company. For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ... A ring tone is the sound made by a telephone when ringing. ...


Controversies

The Source Awards

The first live Source Hip-Hop Music Awards show was held in 1994, with the only notable event being Tupac Shakur running onstage during a set by A Tribe Called Quest, interrupting their performance. No violence resulted, and Shakur was convinced to make an apology by members of Zulu Nation. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... The Universal Zulu Nation, originally known simply as The Organization, is an international hip hop awareness group, which arose among reformed street gang members in New York City in the 1970s, formed and headed by Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. ...


The second ceremony was held in 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Unlike the first show, this installment was recorded for a later television broadcast. After accepting an award, Death Row Records' CEO Suge Knight made comments imploring all aspiring artists to "come on over to Death Row" if they wanted to make records without their executive producers appearing in every one of their songs and/or videos -- a reference directed towards Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs of Bad Boy Records. Many point to these comments, and the direction the show took afterwards, as a turning point in the heightening tensions between East Coast and West Coast factions, and specifically between the Bad Boy and Death Row labels. The ceremony was never televised. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... Death Row Records is a record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of raps biggest names, including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger). ... “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records Marion Knight, Jr. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969)[1] is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor and rapper. ... Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an east coast Hiphop/R&B record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1988 that is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... East Coast hip hop is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the early-1970s. ... West Coast hip hop, also known as West Coast rap or California hip hop, is a style of hip hop music that originated in California in the early 1980s. ...


The Source held their award show in Pasadena, California, in 2000. The program had to be stopped after a fight broke out, resulting in only five of the fifteen awards actually given out during the program, and two performances were cut short. In addition, DJ Quik was hospitalized after being injured in the melee. As a result, Pasadena officials banned The Source from having their awards held in the city in the future. The award show was recorded for later broadcast by the UPN television network in the United States, and was heavily edited to exclude the fights. Despite ratings numbers that exceeded the previous year's broadcast, the bad publicity caused UPN to sever their ties with the Source after the 2001 awards show from Miami. The Source Awards were featured on BET for one year; no Source Awards program has been televised since. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... David Martin Blake (born January 18, 1970), better known as by his stage name DJ Quik, or as of 2007 simply Quik, is a West Coast rapper and record producer from Compton, California. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Miami redirects here. ... BET redirects here. ...


Benzino and his role at The Source

After the original editors resigned from the publication, the magazine experienced several years of success as it grew along with the exploding popularity of rap music and hip-hop culture under the magazine's second editor-in-chief, Adario Strange. Several years later, with Selwyn Hinds in the editor's seat, it was suddenly announced that Raymond Scott -- a rap artist known professionally as Benzino -- had been made a co-owner of The Source. Raymond Scott, also known by his stage name Benzino (born October 24, 1965), is an American rapper and former co-owner of The Source, a hip hop magazine in the United States. ...


Benzino's relationship with the magazine dated back to its early days. He was a member of the Boston-based group Almighty RSO when he first met David Mays while visiting Harvard. He needed support from Mays to get his group some credibility, and Mays soon became the Almighty RSO's manager. While Mays was gaining support from advertisers willing to invest in The Source, Benzino managed to broker a label deal at Tommy Boy Records to distribute his group. The Almighty RSO was known for their controversial song "One in the Chamba". In 1994, Benzino pressured Mays to slip a four page article about the group into the magazine against the will of the editors. The article forced a major walk-out among staff members. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Made Men was previously known as the Almighty RSO, a rap group from Boston, Massachusetts. ... Tommy Boy Records is a record label started in 1981 by Tom Silverman after borrowing $5000 from his parents. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


The magazine had indeed inserted favorable coverage to Benzino on various occasions (including the reformed Almighty RSO, now known as the Made Men). Even at The Source Awards, Benzino, a relative unknown, performed at the show to the surprise of a stunned audience. When Benzino was arrested in Florida after taping The Source Awards, Mays rallied for an investigation of the Miami police department for their treatment of the rapper, and threatened a boycott against Miami.


Benzino also received a notorious reputation as co-owner of the publication. Benzino threatened many staffers after an issue was raised about his new group, Made Men, being shunned for other performers. This is an example of the things that provoked a number of editors at The Source to quit or walk out. In a 1999 issue, Made Men received a rating of four and-a-half mics for their album Classic Limited Edition. The rapper's involvement in the mic rating system caused the publication to lose credibility in the hip-hop community.


The feud with Eminem

In 2002, Benzino started a feud with rapper Eminem. Benzino claimed that Eminem was a product of the machine that sought to discredit black and Latino artists' contributions to hip-hop. Benzino released a diss record called "I Don't Wanna" where he claimed that Eminem was not real and true to the rap culture. Although Benzino didn't expect Eminem to respond, Eminem did with a track named "Bully". Benzino then replied with "Pull up ya Skirt" which featured on the 2003 Benzino album Redemption. After releasing this, Eminem released another two diss tracks named "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin". Benzino then replied with the track "Die Another Day" to which ended the beef. Benzino, seemingly winning the beef then went on to do mixtape tracks "Built for This" and "Lose Yourself" However the seemingly defeated Eminem did not reply. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ...


The Source then went another route to take down Eminem. It went as far to dig up an old tape in which a young Eminem was rapping thought to be racial slurs against Blacks and women. The magazine devoted its entire coverage to the discovery of the tapes, and also the negative impact that Eminem has had on the hip-hop industry. For his part, Eminem did not deny making the tapes; he claimed that he made them after a bitter break up with a black girlfriend (a situation upon which he elaborates on "Yellow Brick Road" on his Encore album). He apologized for making the tapes but also exhorted the public to consider the origin of the allegations. The following is a list of ethnic slurs, also known as ethnophaulisms, that are, or have been, used to refer to members of a given ethnicity (or, in some cases, nationality, region, or religion) in a derogatory or pejorative manner. ... Special Edition cover Singles from Encore Released: September 28, 2004 Released: December 10, 2004 Released: June 7, 2005 Encore is a 2004 hip hop album by American rapper Eminem and his fourth major label studio release. ...


Nevertheless, Eminem had sued The Source for defamation and copyright infringement. The federal courts allowed an injunction to distribute a minimal amount of lyrics of the alleged tape. The Source ignored the injunction and went forth to publish the entire lyrics on its website and in its magazine. By ignoring the injunction, The Source was found in contempt of court and were forced to pay Eminem and his label, Shady Records a considerable sum in compensation. In 2005, lawyers for Eminem were preparing for trial over copyright infringement but abruptly withdrew stating that the rapper issue with The Source was done and there's nothing from the magazine. Benzino still hasn't officially squashed the beef with Eminem. Mays and Benzino both countered the withdrawal of the lawsuit calling it a "cowardly" move. They both claimed they can finally expose the truth about Eminem and planned to eventually release the "racist tapes" in a future magazine. Nevertheless, The Source was satisfied with the results, and felt that the move was considered a win for both parties. Shady Records is an American record label specializing in hip hop music. ...


Benzino's Resignation

Benzino still continues to feud with Eminem and many others associated to him. Internet bloggers had rallied a petition for the removal of Benzino and Dave Mays. Under pressure, Benzino decided to step down from his post at The Source. In 2005, Benzino formally announced that he was resigning as chief operations officer and co-owner of The Source. Benzino stated that his battle with Eminem and the magazine's publishers were hurting the revenue of The Source. Within a few mere days Benzino announced that he returned to The Source as co-owner. Industry insiders believed that The Source staged a fake event in order to encourage advertisers to invest in the controversial magazine. The rapper refuted his claims about saving The Source, and instead blamed Interscope's chairman Jimmy Iovine. Benzino believe that Iovine was pressuring to fire rap mogul L.A. Reid if he didn't have Def Jam advertising removed from The Source. The reason why Benzino stepped down was to save Reid's position as president of Island Def Jam, or so he claimed. Last year, Benzino had been on radio denouncing Def Jam's founder Russell Simmons for not participating in his smear campaign to expose Eminem as a racist. He had used racial comments about Simmons in the past forcing Def Jam to pull a vast majority of their ads from The Source. As of today, Interscope, Def Jam, Tommy Boy, Virgin, Motown and Universal have pulled advertising from The Source. It is noted that Benzino was signed to each of these labels before the massive decrease in general advertising. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jimmy Iovine was born on March 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. ... Antonio L.A. Reid is the co-founder of LaFace Records. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York), is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group, and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm. ... Tommy Boy Records is a record label started in 1981 by Tom Silverman after borrowing $5000 from his parents. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ...


Joshua "Fahyim" Ratcliffe was appointed to the publication. Ratcliffe abruptly left after he was ordered to lower the rating of Little Brother's The Minstrel Show from four-and-a-half to four. Lil' Kim's release, The Naked Truth, received the five mic rating instead. Although critics speculated that Lil' Kim's manager was dating Dave Mays, this was the first time that a female rapper ever received the highest rating in the magazine. For other uses, see Little Brother (disambiguation). ... The Minstrel Show is the second studio album by hip hop trio, Little Brother. ... Kimberly Denise Jones, better known by her stage name Lil Kim[1], is an American multi-platinum rapper. ...


The Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

The magazine has experienced their recent lawsuit from former editor-in-chief, Kimberly Osorio. Osorio alongside Michelle Joyce, a former marketing executive, both filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the magazine over gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Osorio claimed that Benzino and his friends from Boston would get special treatment while the female staffers were to abide by the rules. Also numerous complaints about harassments to female staffers were turned down by Benzino and Mays. Kimberly Osorio (age 32, born in Bronx, New York City) filed a lawsuit against The Source magazine alleging; sexual harassment, gender discrimination, defamation, retalitory discharge and maintaining a hostile work environment. ... Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ...


Though the jury ruled that Osorio was not discriminated against and had not worked in a hostile environment as she claimed, it maintained that the magazine was vindictive in its retaliation and fired her unjustly. Osorio was awarded $15.5 million by the jury of six men and two women, a figure that was later contested by Mays and Scott,[1] who vowed to appeal the verdict. [2][3] [4]


The Future of The Source Magazine

Currently the future of The Source is uncertain. The publication is losing subscribers due to not delivering magazines on time and faces numerous lawsuits totaling over a million dollars. Rival magazine XXL is now the best-selling hip-hop magazine. The Source is losing major advertising due to the feuds with Eminem and 50 Cent. A 2005 cover of XXL, featuring Snoop Dogg and The Game. ...


In 2005, The Source Magazine began a wave of lawsuits. There was 100 million dollar lawsuit filed against BET on behalf of the publication. The publication's awards show was to be featured on BET until the network severed ties with the magazine. Also a dispute with Hot 97 staff personality Funkmaster Flex has led to another lawsuit against him and the radio station. Controversial statements were made by the deejay towards a recent article in which it targets Hot 97 over alleged unethical radio practices. WQHT also known as Hot 97 is a New York based radio station. ... Aston George Taylor Jr. ...


In addition, The Source is still facing lawsuits of their own. There is a lawsuit that targets the owners' travel expenses for the 2003 Source Awards. The Smoking Gun claimed The Source owes over 1.2 million dollars in unclaimed jewelry and unpaid airline tickets for both the Benzino and Mays families. Lawsuits from former employees of the magazine also trouble the magazine. Benzino and Mays were filming a video in the Dominican Republic, and while they were away The Source, staff had another walk-out. The protest came because paychecks were not clearing and Benzino and Dave Mays were nowhere in sight. The Source avoided paying freelance writers for the stories they wrote in the magazine. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, shareholders of The Source officially terminated the positions of Mays and Benzino. Black Enterprises the company that supports the publication has decided to fire the moguls after revenue from the publication decreased. Mays and Benzino tried to avert the firing by placing a restraining order against the company. After the restraining order was lifted shareholders moved forth and formally removed them. The company appointed former editor Jeremy Miller to assume the post of CEO of The Source. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The magazine was forced into Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on July 27, 2006 by creditors. At this time the magazine is trying to emerge from Chapter 11 Reorganization (Case No. 06-11707 AJG) which will enable it to continue operations. It is still not currently paying creditors on-time and this will seriously effect the recovery. is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Source's 5 Mic Albums

The "Record Report" is a special feature in the publication in which journalists rate albums. Ratings range from one to five mics paralleling a typical five-star rating scale. An album that is rated at four-and-a-half or five "mics" is considered by The Source to be a superior hip hop album. The first albums granted the coveted "5 Mics" award were Ice Cube "AmeriKKKas Most Wanted", Brand Nubian "One For All", A Tribe Called Quest "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm", A Tribe Called Quest "The Low End Theory", Eric B and Rakim "Let The Rhythm Hit Em", De La Soul "De La Soul is Dead" and Nas "Illmatic". Over the first ten years or so, the heralded "five mic" rating only applied to albums that were universally lauded hip hop albums. The complete list of 5 mic albums is below. Microphones redirects here. ... Stars are also used to classify senior military ranks. ... OShea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name, Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor and film director. ... Singles from AmeriKKKas Most Wanted Released: 1990 Released: April 17, 1990 Released: 1990 AmeriKKKas Most Wanted is Ice Cubes debut solo album, released after his acrimonious split from N.W.A.. It was originally released May 16, 1990. ... Brand Nubian is a hip hop group from New Rochelle, New York, consisting of three MCs; Grand Puba (born Maxwell Dixon, March 4, 1966), Sadat X (formerly Derek X, born Derek Murphy) and Lord Jamar (born Lorenzo Dechalus, on September 17, 1968), and two DJs, DJ Alamo and DJ Sincere. ... After eight tadpoles become toadlets, they find themselves alone in a strange and dangerous forest. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut alternative hip hop album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on April 17, 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... The Low End Theory is the critically acclaimed alternative hip hop second album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on September 24, 1991 (see 1991 in music) on Jive Records. ... Eric B. & Rakim was an East Coast rap group that popularized the James Brown-sampled funky hip hop of the late 1980s. ... De La Soul is a Grammy-award winning hip hop group from Long Island, New York. ... De La Soul Is Dead is De La Souls second full-length album, and one of the few albums in hip-hop music to receive a Five Mics rating in the Rap magazine The Source. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazines 100... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Illmatic is the debut album by rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994 through Columbia Records. ...


A total of 43 albums have been awarded 5 Mics, the most recent being The Naked Truth by Lil' Kim The Naked Truth is a 2005 album by American rapper Lil Kim, released on September 27, 2005. ... Kimberly Denise Jones, better known by her stage name Lil Kim[1], is an American multi-platinum rapper. ...


There have only been a handfull of artist to have more than one album receiving 5 mics Jay-Z, Ice Cube, Boogie Down Productions, Run D.M.C., Eric B. and Rakim, Biggie Smalls, Nas, 2Pac, A Tribe Called Quest, Scarface,and Dr. Dre. Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... OShea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name, Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor and film director. ... Boogie Down Productions (1989) Boogie Down Productions was originally composed of KRS One, D Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. ... Run-D.M.C. was a pioneering hip hop group during the 1980s, founded by Joseph Rev Run Simmons, Darryl D.M.C. McDaniels and Jason Jam-Master Jay Mizell. ... Eric B. & Rakim was an East Coast rap group that popularized the James Brown-sampled funky hip hop of the late 1980s. ... Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in the 1975 comedy, Lets Do it Again), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G., was a popular Brooklyn-born rapper of the mid 1990s. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ... For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dre. ...

  1. Run-D.M.C. by Run-D.M.C.
  2. Radio by LL Cool J
  3. Licensed to Ill by The Beastie Boys
  4. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.
  5. Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions
  6. Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim
  7. Long Live the Kane by Big Daddy Kane
  8. By All Means Necessary by Boogie Down Productions
  9. Strictly Business by EPMD
  10. Straight Out the Jungle by The Jungle Brothers
  11. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
  12. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
  13. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick by Slick Rick
  14. Critical Beatdown by Ultramagnetic MCs
  15. No One Can Do It Better by The D.O.C.
  16. Grip It! On That Other Level by Geto Boys
  17. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest
  18. One For All by Brand Nubian
  19. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em by Eric B. & Rakim
  20. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted by Ice Cube
  21. Breaking Atoms by Main Source
  22. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
  23. De La Soul Is Dead by De La Soul
  24. Death Certificate by Ice Cube
  25. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
  26. Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg
  27. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
  28. Illmatic by Nas
  29. Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G.
  30. The Diary by Scarface
  31. The Infamous by Mobb Deep
  32. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Raekwon
  33. Liquid Swords by GZA
  34. Me Against the World by 2Pac
  35. The Score by The Fugees
  36. Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
  37. All Eyez on Me by 2Pac
  38. Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.
  39. Aquemini by Outkast
  40. The Chronic 2001 by Dr. Dre
  41. Stillmatic by Nas
  42. The Blueprint by Jay-Z
  43. The Fix by Scarface
  44. The Naked Truth by Lil Kim

Run-D.M.C. is the debut album of the influential hip hop group by the same name. ... Run-DMC is a famous hip hop crew founded by Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) and includes Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels, all from Hollis, Queens. ... LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith III on January 14, 1968 in New York, New York) is a legendary American hip hop artist and actor. ... Licensed to Ill is the debut album by the Beastie Boys, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... The Beastie Boys as depicted on the cover of their 1992 album Check Your Head. ... Raising Hell is a 1986 (see 1986 in music) album by old school rappers Run-D.M.C.. Their breakthrough album, Raising Hell trumped standing perceptions of commercial viability for hip hop groups, achieving triple-platinum status and receiving critical attention from quarters that had previously ignored hip hop as... Run-DMC is a famous hip hop crew founded by Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) and includes Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels, all from Hollis, Queens. ... Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions is a highly influential hip hop album. ... Boogie Down Productions (1989) Boogie Down Productions was originally composed of KRS One, D Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. ... This article is about an album. ... Eric Barrier (Eric B.) and William Griffin (Rakim), were a hip-hop duo known as Eric B. & Rakim. ... Long Live the Kane is the debut LP by Big Daddy Kane, released in 1988 on Cold Chillin Records. ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ... By All Means Necessary is the sophomore album from Hip Hop group Boogie Down Productions. ... Boogie Down Productions (1989) Boogie Down Productions was originally composed of KRS One, D Nice, and DJ Scott La Rock. ... Strictly Business (1991) is a comedy starring Tommy Davidson, Joseph C. Phillips, and Halle Berry. ... EPMD is an American rap group from Brentwood, New York, active from 1987 to 1999; one of the prominent acts in East coast hip hop. ... Straight Out The Jungle is the highly praised and acclaimed debut album from Hip Hop group Jungle Brothers. ... The Jungle Brothers are an American alternative hip hop group who pioneered the fusion of jazz and hip hop. ... This article is about the album. ... This article is about the hip-hop group. ... It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the second full-length album by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released on April 19, 1988 (see 1988 in music) on Def Jam Recordings. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is a hardcore rap album by East Coast hip hop performer Slick Rick, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). ... Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by stage names Slick Rick, MC Ricky D and Rick the Ruler, is a rapper. ... Critical Beatdown is the debut full-length LP by Rap collective, Ultramagnetic MCs. ... The Ultramagnetic MCs are a rap group whose members included Kool Keith, Ced Gee, TR Love, Moe Love and later Tim Dog. ... No One Can Do It Better is The D.O.C.s debut album. ... Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 10, 1968), known as The D.O.C., is an American rapper born & raised in Dallas, Texas where he was a member of the Fila Fresh Crew. ... Grip It! On That Other Level is the sophomore album by Houston Hip Hop group the Geto Boys, then known as the Ghetto Boys. ... 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Eric Barrier (Eric B.) and William Griffin (Rakim), were a hip-hop duo known as Eric B. & Rakim. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... OShea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name, Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor and film director. ... Breaking Atoms was the debut album of Main Source. ... Main Source was an innovative, acclaimed Toronto and New York-based hip hop group comprised of Toronto natives Sir Scratch, K-Cut, and Queens native Large Professor. ... The Low End Theory is the critically acclaimed alternative hip hop second album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on September 24, 1991 (see 1991 in music) on Jive Records. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ... De La Soul Is Dead is De La Souls second full-length album, and one of the few albums in hip-hop music to receive a Five Mics rating in the Rap magazine The Source. 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For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Ready to Die (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Brad Terrence Jordan[1] (born on November 9, 1970 in New Jersey), better known by his stage name Scarface (and formerly Akshen) is an American rapper originally known for his work as a member of The Geto Boys. ... The Infamous is Mobb Deeps breakthrough album, perhaps one of the most influential hip hop albums of the East Coast hardcore rap genre. ... Mobb Deep are a hip hop duo which consists of rappers Havoc and Prodigy. ... Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is an influential East Coast rap album by rapper Raekwon, released in 1995. ... Raekwon (born Corey Woods, January 12, 1970, Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an American East Coast rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. ... 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References

  1. ^ http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0236,allah,38050,1.html Allah, Dasun. (September 4, 2002) The Village Voice. The Swami of Hip Hop

External links

  • The Source magazine official website (requires Flash)
  • The Source magazine official music Myspace page
  • The Source magazine other official Myspace page
  • The Source magazine (French edition) official website
  • Details, November 2001, "Made Man: How Did White Harvard Grad David Mays End Up Atop the $100 Million Source Hip Hop Empire? And How Can He Survive It?"
  • The Real History Of The Source Part 1
  • Benzino: Straight From The Source from Clover Hope of Allhiphop.com
  • The Source: The Greatest Story Never Told Part 2 Part 3
  • The Bible of Hip-Hop, a site critical of The Source and Benzino.

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