Remember Five Albums Released on September 11, 2001
Sept. 11, 2001, will forever hold a place in the hearts of Americans. The day marks the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, an unforgettable moment of sadness for many and unity for others. While 9/11 is less about celebration, there was a highlight to come from that day: the release of some major hip-hop and R&B albums.
While some may have forgotten the quality of music that was released during that time, TheDrop.fm is here to give a reminder. There was the first listen of Fabolous‘ rhymes as a body of work; the soulful sounds of producer Kanye West were introduced; Jay Z released ‘The Blueprint,’ the album that is arguably his best; and Mariah Carey went on to upset a majority of fans with her album-turned-soundtrack for ‘Glitter.’
Some of the best hip-hop arrived on that day, which helped a nation through a tough time. The songs served as an escape from the reality of an uncertain future. Remember Five Albums Released on September 11, 2001.
Referred to as the worst album of Mariah Carey’s career, most people forget that she released a collection of songs on this day. ‘Glitter’ served as the soundtrack to her first feature film (which was equally as bad), in which she experimented with a new sound that just didn’t fit her talents.
The lead single, ‘Loverboy,’ was the biggest hit of the album, sampling the classic song ‘Candy’ by Cameo. ‘Glitter’ is the singer’s lowest-selling project to date, although it did happen to sell over 1,000,000 units overall.
Carey was going through a tough time before the release of her album, being admitted into the hospital shortly after a very weird appearance on MTV’s ‘TRL’ — she performed a little strip tease for host Carson Daly and her actions were said to be due to exhaustion.
‘Fear, Love & War’
Loud Records rap collective Killarmy debuted their third album, ‘Fear, Love & War,’ on 9/11. With an ironic title for the time, the effort was filled with dark production from member 4th Disiple and featured Wu-Tang Clan member U-God on the track ‘Militant.’
Although ‘Fear, Love & War’ failed to produce any mainstream hits, the album was said to be one of the best to come from the group at that time. The subject matter helped people blow off some steam regarding what was happening in America shortly after the terrorist attacks and during the time of war.
With ‘Halfway Tree,’ Damian Marley produced an album that personally detailed his relationship between being poor and rich.
The effort touches on some important topics including the struggles of living with parents that come from the opposite side of the spectrum financially and how it impacted him as he grew up.
The album mixes in some mainstream artists from the hip hop world such as Eve, Mr. Cheeks, Drag-On and Treach from Naughty By Nature. Production was handled by Damian and his brother Stephen. ‘Halfway Tree’ was eventually rewarded by winning the 2002 Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
Before his debut LP arrived, the buzz was still in the air surrounding Fabolous’ talents after he dropped his verse on Lil’ Mo‘s hit single ‘Superwoman (Part II).’ His album, ‘Ghetto Fabolous’ was full of hits as he released successful singles ‘Can’t Deny It,’ ‘Young’n (Holla Back)’ and ‘Keepin’ It Gangsta.’
Eventually the set went platinum. The project was backed heavily by DJ Clue and included features from Ja Rule, Jagged Edge and Lil’ Mo. The Brooklyn native did not disappoint, capturing the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 after the album’s first week of release.
Arguably his best project to date, Jay Z somewhat infamously released his album, ‘The Blueprint,’ on Sept. 11, 2001. The soul samples transcended a brand new sound in hip-hop during the time. The rapper had production from Kanye West, Just Blaze and Timbaland. Despite the attention of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the album sold 420,000 copies in its first week.
Part of the reason the LP became successful early was the Brooklyn MC’s personal beef with Nas, which was showcased on the single ‘The Takeover.’ The project, which is revered by many hip-hop heads, was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 500 albums of all time.