Summer Of '93: The Hip Hop World Before Wu-Tang; Brit-Punk From Wire

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Biz Markie in costume in the gatefold of the LP of All Samples Cleared!

Join Soundcheck all this week as we revisit landmark albums, singles and watershed moments that sizzled in the summer of 1993. Plus, special guests join us to look back at movies, pop culture and city life from the steamy months of '93.

NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley looks back to what was happening in the world of hip hop during the summer of 1993 -- the months leading up to the release of Wu-Tang Clans seminal debut Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which dropped in November of that year. From Tag Team's hit "Whoomp There It Is," and albums from LL Cool J, The Roots, Digable Planets and Biz Markie and the rise of The Bay Area scene, Kelley gives us the lowdown on the hip hop of the summer.

Then, WDET radio host Ann Delisi shares several albums and singles that were released -- including Bjork's Debut and Nirvana's In Utero -- and tells us why they were important to her.

And the influential British post-punk band Wire performs songs from it's recently released 13th studio album, Change Becomes Us, which features updates on musical sketches first written more than 30 years ago. 

Plus: Where were you in the summer of ’93 and what were you listening to? Tell us your story at 866-939-1612, send us a message on Twitter or Facebook, or leave a comment below.