Janet Jackson Releases 'Velvet Rope': Oct. 7 in Hip-Hop History

On at the present time, Janet Jackson freed herself from The Velvet Rope and Ludacris launched the delectable Chicken-n-Beer. We additionally give birthday shoutouts to hip-hop icon MC Lyte and R&B veteran Toni Braxton. Check it out under.

On at the present time, Janet Jackson launched her sixth full-length album The Velvet Rope. The assortment was a giant departure from her earlier efforts, because the R&B icon explored sexual politics, despair and her personal relationship travails (with then-boyfriend/collaborator René Elizondo) on numerous songs.

She revealed her vulnerability on such tracks like “Together Again,” the place she displays on the lack of a pal who died from AIDS. On “Tonight’s the Night” she sings about shedding her virginity and, on “I Get Lonely,” she yearns for the contact of her lover on a starry evening. Overall, The Velvet Rope is among the most private albums in her discography.

“I don’t faux to talk for anyone,” Janet advised Rolling Stone in 1998. “And I don’t faux to characterize anybody. At the identical time, I would like to supply hope. People want nourishment. I would like nourishment. That’s the artwork I’m all in favour of. Hopeful artwork."

"The music is sensual, not brutal," she continued. "The feeling of The Velvet Rope is smooth, not extreme."


On at the present time, not one however two Wu-Tang Clan solo albums have been launched in shops. The RZA's Birth of a Prince and Cappadonna's The Struggle each dropped on unbiased labels Sanctuary and Code Red, respectively. The RZA’s album garnered consideration with its heavy visitor options like Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, the late Ol' Dirty Bastard and extra. Meanwhile, Wu members Raekwon and Inspectah Deck appeared on Cappa's challenge.

On Birth of a Prince, RZA mirrored on his days as Prince Rakeem earlier than he turned the chief of the Wu-Tang Clan. "It's like pre-RZA. It's what the RZA struggles to not be, in a method," RZA defined to the A.V. Club in 2003. "Growing up in New York…you don't go away your tasks an excessive amount of. The laundry's there, the grocery retailer is there. Everything takes place proper there. When I obtained [Knowledge of Self] and considered transferring across the metropolis, hip-hop was one thing that helped me."

"I turned a pupil. I needed to begin my life over," he continued. "I needed to rethink all the pieces I knew. I had to consider what it actually means to me in my life. It's type of advanced if you speak concerning the actuality of it, however on the inventive aspect of it, it ain't that advanced. Still, if you wish to know the fact and the mentality behind it, there's a couple of layers there."


Ludacris's fourth album, Chicken-n-Beer, solidified him as a rap famous person. The LP, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (a primary for Luda), options the anthemic banger "Stand Up," produced by Kanye West, and "Splash Waterfalls." Chicken-n-Beer is considered Luda's most commercially profitable album in his venerable profession. When requested how he would describe his rap legacy, the Atlanta rhymer supplied one phrase: versatility.

"Because once I wish to rap, be humorous and humorous, I can do this," he defined to Billboard in 2018. "When I wish to rap with the perfect of the MCs, I've carried out that. If you wish to go bar-for-bar, I've carried out that. Fast as fuck, I can do this. Slow as hell, I can do this. Raps over R&B information, hard-hitting information, nostalgic information, I simply keep versatile."

"That's one of many issues that I wish to go down as, being multifaceted," he continued. "When folks say they need Luda on the report, I don't really feel prefer it issues what sort of report it’s. I'll kill it regardless and that's what I wish to be often called."


On at the present time, Death Row Records launched a get-rich-quick album of recycled music from the late, nice Tupac Shakur. The Nu-Mixx Klazzics is nothing particular; many of the songs on the gathering have already appeared on film soundtracks earlier than this launch. Shockingly, the challenge bought 700,000 copies, which solely proved that it doesn’t matter what the product is, if 2Pac's identify is connected, it's going to promote like hotcakes.


Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1970, MC Lyte (actual identify Lana Michelle Moorer) is a hip-hop icon who has, arguably, influenced each feminine rapper within the sport. Her 1988 debut album, Lyte as a Rock, is among the biggest rap albums in hip-hop historical past. R&B singer Toni Braxton was additionally born on at the present time in 1967. A local of Maryland, the veteran singer-actress is thought for her chart-topping ballad "Un-Break My Heart,” amongst many different traditional hits. She at the moment stars within the WeTV actuality sequence Braxton Family Values.