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Rawkus Soundbombing 20th Anniversary – October 14th 1997

Many years ago we at the 7th Boro used to do the “This day in Hip Hop history” thing until every other Hip Hop site on the web started doing it. We stopped because it got played out and Upnorthtrips had that on lock. I’d be playing myself if I didn’t acknowledge this one though.

Twenty years ago today Rawkus records dropped the first of the legendary Soundbombing series. This was one of my earliest introductions to Rawkus records and to a handful of artists on their roster. Soundbombing featured the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Company Flow, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Hi Tek , The Artifacts and many others.

This album was truly the ultimate guide to underground hip hop in 1997.

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Rawkus Era Flava: Pete Rock’s remix of Black Star’s “Respiration” feat. Black Thought !

As transcendent as the DJ Hi-Tek original which features Common, this Pete Rock remix of “Respiration” (the Flying High Mix”), with Black Thought taking Comm’s place, is equally dope.Respirationremix

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