This Day in ’93: Snoop Dogg Releases ‘Doggystyle’

On this day in 1993, Snoop Dogg released Doggystyle. It was his debut studio album released by Death Row and Interscope Records. The album was produced by Dr. Dre, and included hit singles like “Gin and Juice”, “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”, and “Doggy Dogg World”.

The album was critically acclaimed for Snoop Dogg’s lyrical realism and flow. Snoop won an MTV VMA for “Doggy Dogg World. Doggystyle won a Billboard award, American Music Award, and a Soul Train award.

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Lil Shalimar is an Artist You Should Follow

If you don’t know about Run the Jewels yet, you need to catch up because they’re the hottest hip hop duo since Outkast (that’s my take personally). Killer Mike and El-P are great together, flow well together, and are incredible live. If they come to your town, I highly suggest you go. If you’re and underground cat like myself, you’d know that El-P has produced some of his beats. So when I found out Little Shalimar contributed production to the past RTJ albums, I had to learn more about him.

Little Shalimar, aka Torbitt Schwartz, is a DJ from Brooklyn and built name recognition from appearing at multiple clubs. He has slowly transitioned from DJ-ing clubs to producing music and even movie scores. Here are three reasons you should follow Lil Shalimar.

Little Shalimar is behind the production to every RTJ album to date

Is “36 Chain”, “Twin Hype Back”, or “Christmas Fucking Miracle”, one of your favorite tracks on their debut album? Did you like “Jeopardy”, “Angel Duster”, or “All Due Respect” on RTJ2? If you’ve bobbed your head to these tracks, you can thank Little Shalimar for that. He’s also done production for RTJ3 which released late last year.

You might hear some of his production in movies

If you get the chance, watch the documentary “Rubble Kings”. It’s about gang violence in the Bronx during the 1970’s. Shalimar did the whole score for the movie. It also included a track with Run The Jewels which was ranked 3 in the top CMJ Hip-Hop tracks of 2016. It was a great pairing between the documentary and Lil Shalimar.

He’s worked with big names and underground legends

If you’re from the ‘Nati, like myself, you know about Mr. Dibbs. He’s one of the dopest DJ’s to come from here, and released a few albums from Rhymesayers. He collaborated with Shalimar on some projects. If you listen to RTJ2, check out “All Due Respect”. Shalimar recruited Travis Barker for producing this one and the beat is sick

Keep up to date with what’s up with Lil Shalimar by going to his website.

This Day in ’94: Method Man Releases ‘Tical’

On this day in 1994, Method Man released Tical. It was Wu-Tang Clan member’s debut solo album after the group released Enter the 36 Chambers.

The album was produced by his fellow Wu-Tang clan member, Rza. It also included Wu-Tang guest appearances by Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. The album included hit singles like “Bring the Pain” and “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” which included Mary J. Blige.

The album peaked at number one on the Billboard top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. It peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.

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