2009 proved to be a memorable year for the leaders of the “New School” of Hip-Hop. Witty young lyricists like Lil’ Wayne and Eminem cleaned up at the Grammys and Jay Z beat the legendary, Elvis Presley’s record of 10 straight #1 albums. Other iconic moments when you read
Eminem scores a GRAMMY win for Best Rap Album with Relapse
Relapse is the sixth album from critically acclaimed rapper Eminem. After being on hiatus for five years, Relapse debuted at number one on the US Billboard charts, selling 608,000 copies in its first week. Recording sessions from this album took a total of two years at several different recording studios and was produced by Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, and Eminem. Relapse chronicles Eminem after a fictional relapse and the return of his Slim Shady alter ego. It also earned him two Grammy Awards, has sold 2.2 million copies in the US and 4.5 million copies worldwide.
Billboard Names The Neptunes Producers of the Decade
The Neptunes, which consist of Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo, have spent their career working with some of music’s elite. This list includes acts like Jay – Z, Kanye West, Madonna and Britney Spears. So It’s only right that after years of putting out hits, the duo receives Honors as Billboards producers of the Decade.Lil’ Wayne wins three GRAMMYs for Tha Carter III
Released on June 10, 2008, Lil Wayne’s album, The Carter III, on Cash Money Records was one of the most anticipated album releases that year. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard charts, selling 1,005,545 copies in the first week, has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 3.6 million copies in the United States. The Carter III has increased Lil Wayne’s exposure in mainstream music today.
Jay-Z releases The Blueprint III his 11th straight #1 album breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley.
On September 9, 2009 a kid from a Brooklyn housing project, achieved the unthinkable and dethroned the King of Rock and Roll as the reigning record holder for #1 album releases. From his Marcy Project upbringing and hustler mentality, rapper, mogul and entrepreneur Shawn Carter better known as Jay-Z tested the limits of social normality and strived to redefine the American Dream. With the release the Blueprint 3, his 11th studio album in 14 years, Jay-Z had taken the world of Hip-Hop to the top of the charts with for the remarkable record breaking occurrence. Featuring mainstream hits “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town”, homage’s to his to his fans (“Thank You”) and all-star collaborations, the Blueprint 3 stayed true to his natural flows and timeless fans serving as a mainstay in popular culture for years to come.