In our Dirty South version, we salute Atlanta rhymers T.I. and Bubba Sparxxx who launched their under-appreciated debut albums on today. In addition, Flo Rida put out "Low," which catapulted him into rap stardom. Check it out under.

Before T.I. turned the self-proclaimed "King the South," he was attempting to make a reputation for himself within the rap recreation along with his debut album I'm Serious, which was launched on today in 2001. Produced by a number of top-notch hitmakers just like the Neptunes, Lil Jon and Jazze Pha with visitor appearances from fellow Atlanta rappers like Pastor Troy, Youngbloodz and Bone Crusher, the album turned an underground basic.

Unfortunately, regardless of promoting lower than 300,000 copies, LaFace Records thought of his album a failure and dropped him from their label. In hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise as a result of Tip would finally signal with Atlantic Records and go on a profitable seven-album run and launch a brand new sub-genre in rap referred to as entice music.

With a 20-year rap profession beneath his belt, Tip mentioned he has completely advanced from being a rap beginner with I'm Serious till now as an elder statesmen entice music.

"I've] modified, positively. One hundred and eighty levels," he said to Noisey in 2014. "I believe life has a manner altering folks. Life is a continuing evolution, only a collection changes. And whenever you cease rising, you begin dying."

"So for me to stay the identical that I used to be then, I'd cease residing," he continued. "There's no extra life as a result of the evolution has ceased and desisted. I don't suppose that's wholesome, I don't suppose it's life like, I don't suppose it's human. I've positively progressed."


On today in 2001, Bubba Sparxxx, whose actual identify is Warren Anderson Mathis, launched his debut album Dark Days, Bright Nights. Under the tutelage veteran hitmaker Timbaland, the Georgia rhymer launched his so-called “nation rap” to hip-hop. On his catchy single “Ugly," Sparxxx delivers countrified battle raps over a thunderous beat blended with flickering guitars, flutes and haunting synths grooves.

“I believe I symbolize nation hip-hop and southern hip-hop. That’s what I’m a consultant ,” he advised HipHopDX in 2013. “I incorporate totally different musical devices in my music like southern rock, blues, nation music, bluegrass and every kind different components. You aren’t going to discover a track the place you’re not going to say there may be some fairly genuine rapping happening.”

“If you consider the ‘Ugly’ video with me within the pigpen being a rustic dude, it’s been embedded in who I’m as an artist,” he continued. “I embrace each side being southern and being nation. I at all times say, ‘Before I’m white, nation or southern, I’m hip-hop. I imagine that hip-hop defines me.’ It’s a wonderful factor. I really like being an element this tradition."


This yr marks the 10th anniversary Flo Rida’s debut album Mail on Sunday. The lead single from the challenge was the membership banger “Low” that includes T-Pain, which is one the largest singles his profession. Released on today in 2007, the track spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It additionally turned the Florida rapper into world rap star.

"'Low'] was a really versatile file, so it took me to being not simply the everyday city artist, however to being a pop star as effectively," he lately advised Billboard. "Now that I look again, I’m like, 'Wow, I’ve had large data, however that file was simply insane.'"

"That file is the file that, principally, as soon as it hit radio, as soon as it hit the golf equipment, it was like a snowball impact. It was a world phenomenon. I didn’t actually suppose the worldwide market — I believed America was my purpose and my focus. This file took me from a nationwide star to a worldwide star."


On today, R&B veteran Nona Hendryx (née Vicki Wickham) was born in Trenton, N.J., in 1944. The singer was a member Labelle (together with Patti Labelle, Cindy Birdsong, and Sarah Dash) who’re recognized for his or her indelible basic “Lady Marmalade.” Dancehall star Ini Kamoze was additionally born on today in 1957. A local Jamaica, Kamoze, whose actual identify is Cecil Campbell, is known for his 1994 hit track “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.