Before they were the massive stars they were today, your favorite rappers had to hustle and grind to break through. Oftentimes, their first single was what made all the difference. Before Kanye West was Yeezus, he was just a producer trying to prove that he could rap. Before Jay Z was running Roc Nation and touring the world with his wife Beyoncé, we bet he didn’t realize how much dough he would actually see in this lifetime. It’s almost surreal to look back at these singles, and see how far these artists have come in addition to the legacy they have left behind.
Where were you when these singles first dropped? Have you been down since day one?
Join us as we revisit the first singles of some of the biggest names in hip hop history.
Tupac – “Brenda’s Got a Baby”
“Brenda’s Got a Baby” was the debut solo single by Tupac, and was featured on his debut album 2Pacalypse Now. The song explores the issue of teen pregnancy, and highlights the struggles of those living in poverty. It was based on a newspaper article about a 12 year old girl who got pregnant from her cousin, and threw the baby in a trash compactor. The track features r&b singer Dave Hollister, and is one long verse by Tupac. Released on October 20, 1991, the track peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.