This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

March 6th – Beanie Sigel was born Dwight Grant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1974.

Sigel released his debut album “The Truth” on Roc-A-Fella Records on this day in 2000.

“The Truth” spawned the hit singles, “Remember Them Days”, featuring Eve and the title track.

A bonus track was the single “Anything” by Jay-Z.

Producers on “The Truth” included Kanye West, Buckwild, Rockwilder, Just Blaze and several others.

His sophomore album followed in 2001 entitled “The Reason”.

Singles from “The Reason” included, “Beanie” and “Think It’s A Game”, featuring Jay-Z, Young Chris and Freeway.

Other guests on “The Reason” included, Scarface, Omillio Sparks, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound on two separate tracks and Roc-A-Fella label mates Memphis Bleek and Rell.

In 2002, Sigel and Freeway formed State Property, a musical collective of Philadelphia MC’s, which besides Sigel and Freeway included Peedi Peedi, Young Gunz, Oschino and Omilio Sparks and Casha.

The same year Lion’s Gate Films released the film “State Property” which also starred Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Damon Dash.

An accompanying soundtrack of the same name was also released and featured the hit “Roc The Mic”.

A remix of “Roc The Mic” was also released featuring Nelly and Murphy Lee of The St. Lunatics.

A sequel to the film called “State Property 2” was released in 2005.

Also appearing in the Damon Dash directed film were, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, N.O.R.E., Cam’Ron, The Diplomats and legendary boxing champion Bernard Hopkins.

In 2003, State Property released their last album to date called “The Chain Gang Vol.2”, which spawned the Grammy-nominated hit single “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”.

That same year Sigel launched the State Property clothing line as a subsidiary of Roc-A-Wear.

Sigel has released four more solo albums to date, 2005’s “The B Coming”, 2007’s “The Solution”, 2009’s “The Broad Street Bully” and 2012’s “The Time”.

In 2010, Sigel released a collaboration album with Freeway called “The Roc Boys”.

Beanie Sigel has also appeared in the films “Paper Soldiers”, “Backstage” and “Rhyme And Punishment”.

Over the years Beanie Sigel has also collaborated with the likes of 50 Cent, Travis Barker, Ozzy Osbourne, Ghostface Killah and countless others.