Rap/Hip Hop And Loading Up Tracks With Guest Rappers – You Always See “Featuring.” Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History – As far as I can trace, this trend, which still continues, began with the 1990 album, “Fear of a Black Planet.” A Public Enemy album, it featured Big Daddy and Ice Cube as guests. That was over 20 years ago.

Complete solo albums in hip hop and rap are not all that common. This, because of the practice of loading up guest rappers.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture and www.mrpophistory.com

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From Tosha K – Hello Mr. Pop. I’m writing a summer class essay on music. It seems different genres of music are tied to a particular city. Cleveland for rock: various Southern cities for Soul. Can you please tell me – is there one for Rap?

Mr. Pop History – There’s no doubt, Atlanta Georgia. It’s an epicenter for young Hip-Hop/Rap artists and has an area almost dedicated to Hip-Hop/Rap outlets. Lots of Rap and many recording deals have been made in Atlanta.

Need More From Lil’ Kim

A recording company has sued Lil’ Kim for $2.5 million, saying the Grammy-winning rapper hasn’t delivered all the recordings their contract requires.

Brookland Media filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court. Lil’ Kim’s lawyer, Londell McMillan, says Brookland sued “to leverage their own position” in the contract dispute.

The lawsuit says Brookland contracted with Lil’ Kim this year and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on recordings, equipment and advance payments.

Court papers say the rapper later tried to change the contract and refused to continue recording unless Brookland agreed. The papers say she had recorded only a few tracks toward a new album by the beginning of September.

Brookland wants the court to declare the contract valid and bar Lil’ Kim from recording for another company.