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All City (rap Group)
All City was an American rap duo composed of Brooklyn-based rappers J. Mega and Greg Valentine. They are best known for their hit single "The Actual". All City was formed in 1993 after Mega and Valentine met after both performed at the Lyricist Lounge. The duo eventually caught the attention of Onyx who helped get the duo a record deal with MCA Records. All City's debut album Metropolis Gold was released in late 1998. The album's lead single was "The Actual" which became a hit on the rap charts, peaking at number three. The album itself, however, was not a commercial success, not selling enough copies to reach the Billboard 200
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Brooklyn
Coordinates: 40°41′34″N 73°59′25″W / 40.69278°N 73.99028°W / 40.69278; -73.99028Brooklyn Kings CountyBorough of New York City County of New York StateClockwise from top left: Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bridge, Brooklyn
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United States
Coordinates: 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of AmericaFlagGreat SealMotto:  "In God
God
We Trust"[1][fn 1]Other traditional mottos  "E pluribus unum" (Latin)
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Hip Hop Music
Hip hop
Hip hop
music, also called hip-hop[3][4] or rap music,[4][5][6] is a music genre developed in the United States
United States
by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[4] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[7][8][9] Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing
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MCA Records
MCA Records
MCA Records
was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc., which later gave way to the larger MCA Music Entertainment Group (now Universal Music Group), of which MCA Records
MCA Records
was still part
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Onyx (group)
Onyx is an American hip hop music group from Queens, New York. The group is composed of East Coast rappers Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz and Sonny Seeza. Big DS (Marlon Fletcher) was a member; Big DS left after the group's debut album. Their music has been used in movies such as How High
How High
and 8 Mile and TV shows such as Silicon Valley[6] and The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
as well as numerous commercials, including SoBe
SoBe
and Gatorade.Contents1 History1.1 Early career 1.2 Later career2 Discography2.1 Albums 2.2 Compilation albums3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] Early career[edit] The group was formed in 1988 and Onyx released its first 12" single, "Ah, And We Do It Like This", in 1990. The song revealed a strong jazz influence, noticeably more than in their later work
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Lyricist Lounge
The Lyricist Lounge is a hip hop showcase of rappers, emcees, DJ's, and Graffiti
Graffiti
artists. It has spawned the album Lyricist Lounge, Volume One, Lyricist Lounge 2 and Lyricist Lounge: West Coast, as well as a television show, The Lyricist Lounge Show.[1] The Lyricist Lounge was founded in 1991 by hip hop aficionados Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall. It was a series of open mic events hosted in a small studio apartment in the Lower East Side
Lower East Side
section of New York City.Contents1 West Coast events 2 East Coast events 3 September 2000 tour 4 November 1999 tour 5 September 1998 tour 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksWest Coast events[edit]Date City Venue LineupMay 30, 2009 San Francisco, California MIGHTY, 119 Utah St. Featuring Pacific Division, U-N-I, and Mickey Factz
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Billboard 200
The Billboard 200
Billboard 200
is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart is based mostly on sales (both at retail and digital) of albums in the United States. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, tracking week begins on Friday (to coincide with the Global Release Date of the music industry) and ends on Thursday
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Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Albums
is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums
Albums
in 1999. The chart debuted in the magazine as Hot R&B LPs in 1965, and were also called Top Black Albums; from 1969-1978 they were identified as Soul charts. The US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Albums
tracks the albums of quiet storm, urban contemporary, soul music, R&B, new jack swing, hip hop, and sometimes house music artists. References[edit]Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top R&B Albums: 1965-1998. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-134-5 "Billboard R&B Charts Get Updated Names". Billboard
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Top Heatseekers
Top Heatseekers are "Breaking and Entering" music charts issued weekly by Billboard magazine. The Heatseekers Albums and the Heatseekers Songs charts were introduced by Billboard in 1991 with the purpose of highlighting the sales by new and developing musical recording artists.[1] Albums and songs appearing on Top Heatseekers may also concurrently appear on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
or Billboard Hot 100.Contents1 Albums chart 2 Songs chart 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksAlbums chart[edit] The Heatseekers Albums chart contains 25 positions that are ranked by Nielsen SoundScan sales data, and charts album titles from "new or developing acts" as determined by the acts' historical chart performance
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AllMusic
AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide. The largest music database on the web, it catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks. It was launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.[2][3]Contents1 History 2 The All Music Guide series 3 Reception 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] AllMusic was launched as All Music Guide by Michael Erlewine, a "compulsive archivist, noted astrologer, Buddhist scholar and musician." He became interested in using computers for his astrological work in the mid-'70s, and founded a software company, Matrix, in 1977. In the early '90s, as CDs replaced vinyl as the prevalent format for recorded music, Erlewine purchased what he thought was a CD of early recordings by Little Richard
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992
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Metropolis Gold
Metropolis Gold is the only album by Brooklyn hip hop duo All City, composed of rapper J. Mega and rapper/singer Greg Valentine. The album was released November 3, 1998 on MCA Records. The duo was formed in 1993 after the two members met after back-to-back solo performances at the Lyricist's Lounge. All City is best known through their affiliation with hip hop group Onyx, which served as Executive producers on the album. Metropolis Gold featured an all-star production lineup, including many prominent New York City producers such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Rockwilder, DJ Clark Kent, Hitmen member Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, and EZ Elpee. The album featured the hit DJ Premier-produced single "The Actual", as well as the singles "Who Dat" and "The Hot Joint".Contents1 Track listing 2 Album singles 3 Album chart positions 4 Singles chart positions 5 External linksTrack listing[edit]# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)1 "Who Dat"J. Mega2 "Stay Awake" Rockwilder J
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The Actual (song)
"The Actual" was the lead single released from All City's debut album, Metropolis Gold. The song was produced by legendary producer DJ Premier and became the biggest hit in All City's brief career, peaking at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles.Contents1 Single track listing1.1 A-Side 1.2 B-Side2 Charts2.1 Year-end3 ReferencesSingle track listing[edit] A-Side[edit]"The Actual" (Clean) – 4:14 "The Actual" (Dirty) – 4:12 "The Actual" (Instrumental) – 4:15B-Side[edit]"Priceless" (Clean) – 4:14 "Priceless" (Dirty) – 4:10 "Priceless" (Instrumental) – 4:13Charts[edit]Chart (1998) Peak positionBillboard Hot 100 75Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 48Billboard Hot Rap Singles 3Year-end[edit]Chart (1998) PositionBillboard Hot Rap Singles[1] 40References[edit]^ "Billboard Year-End Hot Rap Singles - 1998". Retrieved 2012-08-02. This 1990s single–related article is a stub
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All City (rap Group)
All City was an American rap duo composed of Brooklyn-based rappers J. Mega and Greg Valentine. They are best known for their hit single "The Actual". All City was formed in 1993 after Mega and Valentine met after both performed at the Lyricist Lounge. The duo eventually caught the attention of Onyx who helped get the duo a record deal with MCA Records. All City's debut album Metropolis Gold was released in late 1998. The album's lead single was "The Actual" which became a hit on the rap charts, peaking at number three. The album itself, however, was not a commercial success, not selling enough copies to reach the Billboard 200
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