Day 88 is dedicated to the some of the best years of my life regarding the hip hop landscape and the impacting influences that shaped my taste and desire to be an emcee and a producer. The year was 1988, one year before Rap, or hip hop was officially recognized by the Recording Academy of the Grammys. Not that it mattered one bit, as no one or anything could have put a stop to the heavy hitting and diverse offering of hip hop that was being released that year and defining “Classic Material” in the Golden Era of the culture.

Rolling Stones Magazine indicated what they thought were the most important hip hop albums that made rap explode into the still-growing, worldwide phenomenon it is today, and I’d have to agree with nearly all 15 selected.

Any opinions, hit me up!

PUBLIC ENEMY – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
RUN-DMC – Tougher Than Leather
SLICK RICK – The Adventures of Slick Rick
EPMD – Strictly Business

Now, just think about that for a minute. In today’s market where the todays artists are forced to sound like each other. When will we ever relive a time where there was this much dopeness and diversity in one genre? WOW..part II coming.


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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