-Y2K scares the world. A lot of people panicked about the idea of going into the year 2000. Y2K bug was supposed to be a clicking time bomb for all major computer applications
-Eminem Breaks Records with the Release of his Second Album “The Marshall Mathers LP [Sells 1.76 million in the first week]
-Death of Bronx Legend Big Pun
-George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton, becoming the 43rd President of the United States
-R&B Princess Aaliyah is killed in a plane crash
-Reality TV takes over. Reality TV television sees an explosion of global popularity
-Rapper Shyne is sentenced to 10 years in prison for a club shooting involving P. Diddy
-Upcoming Rapper 50 Cent is shot 9 times and left for dead in Queens. He survives his wounds and focuses on his music
-Jay-Z and Nas trade jabs on record and take part in one of the most high-profile feuds in the history of hip-hop music
-I-Tunes is created and introduced and takes over the music industry
-Apple launches a portable media player called an I-Pod. As of September 9, 2009, more than 220,000,000 iPods had been sold worldwide, making it the best-selling digital audio player series in history
-9/11- Terrorists Attack New York City in one of the worst attacks ever on U.S. Soil
-RUN DMC pioneer Jam Master Jay is murdered in Queens
-Eminem Takes on Benzino and the entire Source Magazine
-The introduction of Satellite Radio
-TLC Member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes is killed in a car accident
-American Idol: The Search for A Superstar debuts. American Idol goes on to launch the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Burrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson
-50 Cent signs to Shady/Aftermath and releases ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ [sells over 2 million records in 3 weeks]
-Ja Rule, a megastar at the time watches his value decrease in the music industry as 50 Cent publicly ends his career.
-Comedian Dave Chappelle debuts his weekly sketch comedy show called “Chappelle’s Show”
-Legendary singer/songwriter Barry White dies
-President Bush announces that war against Iraq has begun
-Wu-Tang Legend, Ol’ Dirty B****** collapses and dies two days before his 36th birthday
-Jay-Z is named President of Def Jam Records
-Kanye West releases “College Dropout” and becomes a massive commercial success, producing three top 10 singles
-While about to walk on stage to receive a lifetime achievement award at the VIBE Awards, Dr. Dre is punched in the face. A brawl ensues and it was alleged that Young Buck stabbed the attacker in the chest with a knife
-Facebook is created
-The Introduction of Serato. Serato changed the way DJS spin music. Serato turned DJS from analog to digital musicans.
-Lil Kim does a year in jail for not snitching about an incident that took place in front of Hot 97
-Legendary singer/songwriter Luther Vandross dies
-Jay-Z and Damon Dash part ways and rumors spread about the break-up of Rocafella Records
-Hurricane Katrina wipes out several cities and becomes one of the most costliest and deadliest hurricanes in the United States
-A user-generated video content sharing website called YouTube is created and changes the way the world views videos.
-Eminem’s best friend and mentor Proof is shot and killed in Detroit
-Saddam Hussein is captured and sentenced to death by hanging
-MySpace is launched and becomes the biggest social networking site in the United States
-Former rivals Jay-Z and Nas end their long going feud. Jay-Z signs Nas to Def Jam
-The Blu-ray Disc format is released in the United States
-An unarmed man named Sean Bell is killed on his wedding day in Queens by police who fired over 50 shots at the unarmed man. The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from many members of the public.
-Pimp C Dies shortly after being released from prison
-A sex tape is released featuring Brandy's little brother, Ray-J and an unknown Kim Kardashian. After the tape is released, both Kim Kardashian and Ray-J become huge stars.
- 50 Cent placed investment funds into the Glaceau parent company and in turn they
produced the grape flavored water titled 'Formula 50' in his name. The drink which was co-created by 50 has sold 10 million bottles and counting since its October debut. Coca-Colaeventutally bought Glaceau for a cool $4.1 billion making 50 millions of dollars. This was one of the biggest co-branding deals in hip-hop history.
-T.I. gets locked up at the BET Awards for purchasing an arsenal of weapons
-Tensions rise in the Dipset camp with Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana
-Da Brat was involved in the altercation that ended in assault on a club-goer at a Halloween party. Da Brat supposedly attacked her from behind, striking her in the face with a rum bottle. She was sentenced to three years in prison, seven years of probation, and 200 hours of community service
-50 Cent takes over the internet with the creation of Thisis50.com
-Atlanta Falcons Star Mike Vick is charged with taking part and being involved in a dog fighting ring
-Remy Ma is locked up and charged with shooting her best friend at a club, apparently over missing money
-Collipark’s teen sensation Soulja Boy releases his single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" and reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100
-MTV names Lil Wayne Hottest MC of 2007
-The Finale of MTV’s TRL (Total Request Live)
-Lil Wayne reintroduces himself to the rap world by releasing series of mixtapes and collaboration. He releases “The Carter 3” and sells over 1 million records his first week.
-Legendary singer/songwriter Isaac Hayes dies
-Music Powerhouse’s Jay-Z and Beyonce officially get married.
-50 Cent announces that Young Buck is no longer a member of the group, G-Unit
-King of Comedy, Bernie Mac dies of pneumonia
-MTV names Kanye West Hottest MC of 2008
-American Idol superstar Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew are killed by the estranged husband of Hudson's sister
-Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, winning eight
-America elects their First Black President as Barack Obama is made the 44th President of The United States
-Pop Legend Michael Jackson dies
-C-Murder is sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a 16-year old
-US Airways Flight crashes into the Hudson River. Miraculously Captain Sully lands the plane safely on water and saves the lives of all 155 people on the aircraft.
-Chris Brown and Rihanna get into a physical fight and Rihanna is left bruised, bloodied and battered.
-MTV names Jay-Z Hottest MC of 2009
-Digital Television transition in the United States: the switchover from analog to exclusively digital broadcasting of free over-the-air television programming
-a relatively unknown artist from Toronto named Drake releases a mixtape titled “So Far Gone.” The tape was a big success and eventually led to Drake signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint.
-Shyne is released from prison and deported to Belize after serving over 10 years
-Miami rapper Rick Ross is exposed and outed as a former Correctional Officer who fabricated his life story when pictures are leaked onto the internet showing Ross in uniform
-Former Dipset Affiliate, Max-B is found guilty of robbery and sentenced to 75 years in prison
-After waiting 12 years to release the follow up to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Raekwon releases Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 and received rave reviews. Time Magazine Declares “Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt 2” The Best Hip Hop Album Of The Year
-At the 2009 MTV Music Awards, country star Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video. Kanye West stormed the stage and cut the teen singer off, grabbing the mic and protesting in support of Beyoncé. This led to a lot of negative press for Kanye
- Atlanta Rivals Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy publicly end their on going feud with the help of DJ Drama.
-British reality contestant, Susan Boyle releases her debut album and sells over 699,000 copies in her first week, giving her the number one debut album of the year.
-Tiger Woods is publicly shamed after details of numerous affairs and romances come out in the open. Tiger takes an indefinitive leave from golf
-Clueless and 8 Mile star, Brittany Murphy suddenly dies after going into Cardiac Arrest