This weekend was the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, the latest in a roll call of significant ’90s hip hop anniversaries that have fallen this year. (It’s also 20 years since the album caused an uproar at our esteemed literary editor’s high school.) All the reminiscence has gotten us thinking about that era of hip hop in general, and poring over the history that’s been written (and unwritten) about one of the genre’s golden periods. Culled from our research, here are ten things that maybe you didn’t know about ’90s hip hop!
Dr. Dre hated “Fuck Tha Police”
… at first, anyway. When N.W.A. were recording Straight Outta Compton, Dre was decidedly unimpressed with Ice Cube’s lyrics for the song, apparently asking him, “What else you got?”