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 […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Fifth Ward, 4300 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 When: February 17, 1989 What: Rap-A-Lot Records releases Grip It! On That Other Level the first album to feature the line-up of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. Rick Rubin remixed ten of the album’s twelve tracks for the […]

Singer Toni Braxton grew up in a religious household and her first performance took place in church. Toni has a fall back plan in case her singing career every sinks like the titanic. She attended Bowie State University in Maryland and earned a degree in Education but followed her dreams to pursue a career in […]

The Jackson kids were talented and I would assume they got it from their father. Joseph Jackson had a few talents of his own, boxing and music. He played guitar as a member of the singing group the Falcons during the 1950s. His brother Luther was also part of the group. After the group could […]

Black music icons of the 1960s look the most different from how they do now. In the 1960s there was Motown, miniskirts, beehive wigs and sharp suits. Take a look at what some of the decade’s biggest stars looked like then…and what they look like now: Are These BP Artists Good Enough to Get Signed? […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 2900 Block of Presstman Street, Baltimore, MD When: 1987 What: Kevin Liles started as a rapper in the group Numarx, whose greatest feat was having their 1987 single “Girl You Know It’s True” re-recorded by Milli Vanilli a year later. The headache getting properly compensated for his […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 When: May 4, 1959 What: At the first ever Grammy Awards, legendary songstress Ella Fitzgerald and bandleader Count Basie become the first African Americans to win Grammy Awards. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Early office of Luke Skyywalker Records. 1205 N.W. 54 St.Liberty City, Miami, Fl 33142 When: 1986 What: Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell launched the independent Luke Skyywalker Records (eventually changed to Luke Records after a George Lucas lawsuit) which finds great success as the recording home to acts […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Grace Temple Church 4200 E Berry St Fort Worth, TX 76105 When: July 25, 1992 What: Kirk Franklin’s debut album Kirk Franklin & The Family was recorded live at Grace Temple Church, Fort Worth, Texas on July 25, 1992. The album was certified Platinum on November 14, […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)St Clair Ave & E 99th St, Cleveland, OH 44108 When: June 13, 1995 What: The first single off of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s debut album E. 1999 Eternal referenced the day of the month when welfare recipients received their checks. It was the group’s first hit and was nominated […]