The 30 Greatest Months in Rap History

25. November 1998

Notable Events:
- Juvenile's 400 Degreez is released on 11/3/1998
- Belly is released nationwide on 11/4/1998
Beastie Boys' "Body Movin'" is released on 11/5/1998  

- Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgement Day is released on 11/17/1998
- DMX's "Slippin'" is released on 11/27/1998 

Given the release of the Beastie Boys' second single from Hello Nasty, "Body Movin," you could easily mistake November 1998 for a lighthearted month in rap history. It was anything but. There was DMX's "Slippin'", which might have a sample from Grover Washington's Feels So Good, but was also a dark first single from Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. The ever-apocalyptic Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgement Day had already dropped earlier that month. And at the beginning of the month was a bright spot that emerged from one of the poorest, most violent hoods in the south: Juvenile's 400 Degreez. The very next day—almost as if rap were making some kind of point about whatever was in the air—one of the greatest (and most weirdly morose) movies in the hip-hop canon, Hype Williams's Belly, found its way to theaters. Among its stars? Method Man and DMX, of course. -Foster Kamer

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