14 years ago, New York City was hit with the biggest terrorist attack in American history. The 9/11 World Trade Center attacks shook up the city in ways unimaginable and still has after effects that linger today. While 9/11/01 is synonymous with terrorism in NYC, two of the city’s most popular rappers dropped albums that same day.
JAY Z arguably dropped his best album ever on 9/11. The Blueprint strayed away from Hov’s traditional hit-making formula, trading in his old sound for a more soulful based sample sonic offering. In the process, the album cut cemented two producers as the at the time sound of tomorrow: Kanye West and Just Blaze. The Blueprint featured stand out songs like: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Song Cry,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love),” “Takeover,” “The Ruler’s Back,” and “Renegade” (featuring Eminem.) Yes, we know that’s damn near half the album, but let’s just say this is definitely a classic.
JAY Z wasn’t the only Brooklyn based MC to drop a project on 9/11.
Fabolous released his debut album “Ghetto Fabolous” on 9/11 too. At the time, the Brooklyn based lyricist was one of the hottest young rappers in hip-hop. His flow and delivery was exciting, and he delivered a solid first LP that featured a fair share of memorable bangers. The top standouts from “Ghetto Fabolous” include: “Can’t Deny It,” “Trade It All,” and “Young’n (Holla Back).”
While some may argue that dropping an album the same day as a national tragedy can hinder and taint the project, some can beg to differ. While 9/11 will always hold an infamous place in New York City history, so will the two local homegrown lyricists that dropped dope projects on the same day in the midst of the chaos.
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