The 30 Greatest Months in Rap History

10. September 2007

Notable Events:
- Kanye West's Graduation is released on 9/11/2007
- 50 Cent's Curtis is released on 9/11/2007
- Flo Rida f/ T-Pain's "Low" is released on 9/16/2007 

September 2007 marked the beginning of one of the more cringe-worthy eras of pop rap when Flo Rida and T-Pain's "Low" became the starter pistol of what seemed like a million other auto-tuned and pop-driven "hits" while delivering the genre of Bar Mitzvah-rap another seminal entry. But it was also the month when Kanye West and 50 Cent's public "beef" came to a head. Both rappers scheduled their crucial third album releases for the same day, and Fitty put his career on the line (but not really) when he told SOHH that if Kanye moved more copies of Graduation than he sold copies of Curtis, he would "no longer [perform] music." Of course, Kanye outperformed 50; 50 blamed his troubles on bad marketing. For a month, hip-hop fans didn't just get two albums by two crucial artists, they got something a little less tangible: The ability to take sides in a non-violent beef and watch the results play out in real time. Since then, Kanye's dropped three categorically hot albums. Fif's dropped one, and it didn't blow up. As the saying goes: Vox populi, vox hip-hopuli. —Foster Kamer

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