Though it may seem that the goal for most rappers is material (cars, clothes and hoes), the aim of everybody who picks up a mic is to drop an album that is deemed a classic. Many have done it, but even more have not. Queensbridge emcee Cormega is one of the former, having dropped the critically acclaimed The Realness on July 22, 2001. As the 15th anniversary of the album approaches, Mega is celebrating his accomplishment with a world tour and line of merchandise.
Mega made a name for himself in the streets during the late ’80’s and early 90’s, making cameos on projects by DJ Hot Day and Blaq Poet. He became a blip on the radar, while incarcerated, when Nas shouted him out on “One Love” off his classic debut album, Illmatic. When he came home in 1995 and decided to take his rap pursuits seriously, he was featured on Nas’s It Was Written, along with Foxy Brown on “Affirmative Action,” the unofficial debut of the legendary rap collective, The Firm. His prowess impressed Def Jam to the point of signing him. However, after disputes with Nas’s then-manager, Steve Stoute, Cormega was replaced by Nature in the group, before The Firm dropped The Album.
After more disputes Mega’s debut album, The Testament, was shelved. In 2000, Mega was released from his contract and he started his own label, called Legal Hustle Records. After popping shots at Nas and The Firm on a mixtape song titled “Never Personal,” he released The Realness in 2001 and it was lauded by many. Featuring production by Havoc, Alchemist and Sha Money XL and cameos by Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khadafi, the overarching theme of the album is betrayal.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Realness, Mega has hit the market with various commemorative products, including t-shirts (by This Is Liphe), hoodies and custom skate decks. He is also hitting the road to tour, which kicks off today in Boston, at Middle East. He will be accompanied by Roc Marciano and unnamed special guests. On Saturday (April 9), the tour hits NYC, at the Black Bear Bar, where he’ll also be joined by unnamed special guests. After that, Mega will continue the tour overseas in Europe and Australia.
The Cormega x This Is Liphe long sleeve tees can be copped here.
The Cormega x 550 Wheels tees hoodies, skate decks and prints can be copped here.
Tickets for the show tonight in Boston can be grabbed here.
Tickets for Saturday’s NYC show can be grabbed here.
View some of the items for sale and stream The Realness below.