Today in Hip Hop History: Coming of Age

Coming of Age (1999)

August 3, 1999

Memphis Bleek released his debut studio album, Coming of Age, through Roc-A-Fella Records in 1999. The name of the album stems from the Jay-Z song of the same name, in which Memphis Bleek first debuted with a verse. In fact, Memphis was closely associated with Jay-Z as his mentor, and set to succeed underneath him.

Bleek’s debut release featured production by Swizz Beatz,Irv Gotti, and Mr. Fingers, among several others. The album featured guest verses from Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Reb, N.O.R.E. and others.

The RIAA Certified Gold Record contained hit singles, “Murda 4 Life”, featuring Ja Rule, “Memphis Bleek Is…” and “What You Think About That”, featuring Jay-Z.

Bleek proved to his mentor that he was adamant to finally step out of his shadow. Coming Of Age was a solid solo debut and showed Bleek was ahead of the rap game with his gritty, gangsta raps.

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