Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known to many as El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz was a black Muslim minister and human rights activist born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He was a courageous advocate for the rights of Blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against Black-Americans, and his detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. Malcolm X was murdered in New York, NY on February 21, 1965, however, his name still lives in the hearts and minds of many hip hop artists around the globe and fans alike. To many, he is the greatest and most influential African-American in history.
It’s not a great sign for the music industry when last year’s top-selling album is the soundtrack to a Disney movie. According to Forbes, not one artist’s album has reached the million selling mark. Not one. 2014 has become the first year in modern history where no artist has sold more than 1 million albums in the US. Although the past 12 months have seen massive sales for Disney’s ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, no other record has earned the equivalent of a platinum sales certificate from sales this year.
Is the platinum album in hip-hop long gone, or will it make a return in 2015?