Black Music Month

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 120th & Riverside, New York, NY 10027 When: Spring 1979 What: The legendary DJ becomes the first to play Rap on the radio with the debut of “The Mr. Magic Disco Showcase.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 1635 N Cahuenga, Los Angeles, CA When: June 1992 What: After already achieving legend status with N.W.A., Dr. Dre embarked on his solo career by launching Death Row Records and releasing his groundbreaking debut. The Chronic featured the label’s roster of talent including Snoop Dogg and is […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Chung King Studios 170 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 When: March 11, 1989 What: In an effort to promote a positive image of the hip-hop community, KRS-One invites friends and colleagues to join him in the seminal posse cut. The song debuted at #1 on the […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) MTV Offices/Studios 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 When: August 6, 1988 What: The first nationally televised rap video show debuts on MTV with Eric B & Rakim’s “Follow the Leader.” Host Fab Five Freddy’s first guests were Salt-N-Pepa. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, […]

Jay-Z has a lot of women to thank for his achievements and Latrice Burnette is one of them.  Though the digital era is filled with stories of overnight success, this marketing maven followed the more traditional analog-era path. When a lot of her high school peers were playing with video games or obsessing over a […]

Based on the 1943 Broadway musical, Carmen Jones is an updated version of the George Bizet opera “Carmen” in an African-American setting.  When director Otto Preminger decided to adapt it for the big screen, his goal was to make a dramatic film with music rather than a conventional film musical.  Realizing that movies with an […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) The GE Building (formerly the RCA Bldg) 30 Rockefeller Plaza When: February 4, 1981 What: Performing on Saturday Night Live with musical guest Blondie, the Bronx quintet becomes the first rap act seen on national television. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) RUN DMC JMJ Way, Hollis Avenue & 205 St When: August 30, 2009 What: The pioneer rap trio get a street named after them in their neighborhood of Hollis, Queens. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding Black Music […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Baltimore School for the Arts. 712 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-5298 When: June 25, 1986 What: In 1986, Afeni Shakur relocated her daughter and son Tupac from Harlem to Baltimore.  After two years at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the late rapper transferred to the Baltimore School […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 7717 Cullen Boulevard Houston, TX 77051 When: February 2, 1998 What: DJ Screw’s technique of slowing down the pitch of songs—hence dubbed “Chopped & Screwed”—made him a Houston hip-hop legend. The record store he founded, Screwed Up Records & Tapes, was opened just a couple of years […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Video Jukebox Network offices. 12000 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33181 When: December 20, 1985 What: Playing underground videos that MTV wouldn’t put in their rotation, the Video Jukebox Network allowed viewers to request videos via a call-in number. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Recorded at Chicago Recording Company 232 East Ohio St #1, Chicago, IL 60611-3641 When: November 11, 1993 What: R Kelly’s debut solo album, 12 Play, yielded his first number-one hit, “Bump n’ Grind,” which spent a record-breaking 12 weeks at number one on the Hot R&B Singles […]