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MC Shan, real name Shawn Moltke was born today on September 6, 1965, in Queensbridge, New York. He emerged as an important M.C. in the early days of hip-hop. Rap legends came after him, legends like Nas and Mobb Deep. Shan’s career started with DJ Marley Marl, a partnership that led to his debut album, “Down by Law,” which was released in 1987.

Down by Law” was a very important moment in hip-hop history because it showcased Shan’s lyrical talent and storytelling ability. The album included tracks like “The Bridge,” with KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions.

MC Shan’s debut album helped establish him as a key figure in the early New York hip-hop scene and added to the genre’s growth. His impactful storytelling, along with the raw beats and production of Marley Marl, made “Down by Law” special in hip-hop’s evolution, solidifying his place in rap history.

Check out his debut album below!


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2. Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing

3. Project ‘Ho

4. The Bridge

5. Kill That Noise

6. Down by Law

7. Left Me — Lonely

8. Another One to Get Jealous Of

9. M.C. Space

10. Living in the World of Hip Hop

11. The Bridge (Bladerunners Dub)

12. Kill That Noise / Down by the Law (Live on WERS)

13. Live Routine (Broadcast)

14. Marley Marl Scratch (Demo #1)

15. Marley Marl Scratch (Demo #2)

16. The Bridge (A Capella)