Here’s How History Was Made: March 1996

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Being that we’ve entered 2016 with a bang, rap fans have been reminiscing on the 20th anniversaries of a lot of hip hop milestones from 1996. Those who love the nostalgia have been prepping up their celebrations for the big releases and historical moments of this time 20 years ago, and March was no different. We decided to take a look back and see what was going on this month 20 years ago in hip hop.

Singer Madonna (R) presents Dr. Dre the award for

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Check out what happened in March 1996 in hip hop history on the following pages.

Dr. Dre leaves Death Row

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March 1996 was a major milestone for Dr. Dre in his music career. After going hard for Death Row Records for years, the producer and executive left Death Row Records. He parted ways with the label, leaving it in the hands of Suge Knight, in order to start his own at the time.

Busta Rhymes releases The Coming album


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On March 26th, Busta Rhymes dropped his debut solo project, The Coming, via Elektra Records. The album has features from Redman and Keith Murray, Q-Tip, as well as vocals from Zhané and different future Flipmode Squad members. It also features “Keep It Movin,” which is the last song that the Leaders of the New School would record together.