Death Mix - Afrika Bambaataa 12. A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebaum 1990 31. One of those albums that age like fine wine and only get better as times goes by. Spice 1 — 187 He Wrote 1993 247. Top tracks: Otha Fish Return Of The B-Boy Officer 59.
Top tracks: The Boomin System Farmers Blvd Illegal Search 100. Cypress Hill — Black Sunday 1993 227. Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause 1988 42. Just Ice — Kool And Deadly 1987 291. Because of a string of mediocre later releases and probably also because his mega-successful business dealings, Jay Z has become a love-him or hate-him kind of figure.
Marley Marl — In Control Vol 1 1988 105. Black Sheep - Flavor of the Month 1991 86. Overall may lack the special spark of its two predecessors, but there are enough strokes of brilliance here as well. Sadat X — Wild Cowboys 1996 270. Just Ice — Back To The Old School 1986 182.
Warren G — Regulate 1994 186. Organized Konfusion — Equinox 1997 290. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Mistadobalina 1991 98. Also part of the epic run of classic Wu-Tang solo debuts. Rakim raised the bar of emceeing to a level few ever approached.
Diamond D always was a producer first and an emcee second and it shows. Top tracks: Beware Super Lyrical Glamour Life Twinz Deep Cover 98 78. Apache - The Sugarhill Gang 7. Christmas Rappin' - Kurtis Blow 5. The beats, the lyrics — both are truly excellent, but it is the overall vibe of the album that makes Aquemini so special. Public Enemy — Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age 1994 233. After Kool G Rap, can be seen as one of the pioneers of the mafioso sub-genre and this album is one of the best, if not the best of its sort.
Change the Beat - Fab 5 Freddy 13. Top tracks: Earth People Blue Flowers 3000 Real Raw 63. Maybe because of the epicness of their first two albums, this one is often overlooked in best Hip Hop album lists. All of their first four albums are classics in their own right, this one may just be the album that is their most mature and confident effort up till then. Grandmaster Flash, et al 8.
Similar to artists such as The Roots and OutKast, is not afraid to expirement and here she allows her talent to produce the album that suits it. Schoolly D Am I Black Enough For You? Top tracks: The Magic Number Say No Go Eye Know Ghetto Thang 9. Too Short — Shorty The Pimp 1992 222. Top tracks: Road To The Riches Butcher Shop Rhymes I Express Poison 44. Jungle Brothers — Raw Deluxe 1997 275. Body Rock - The Treacherous Three 14.
Funk You Up - The Sequence 5. Raw and uncompromising, was highly controversial in its subject matter. Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance 1990 75. A Heartbeat Rap - Sweet G 11. Artistically it is every bit as strong, though — cohesive and consistent throughout — an artistic peak for both De La Soul and producer Prince Paul.
Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours 1991 11. The were the first white act in Hip Hop to make it big, and maintain credibility and respect in the Hip Hop world throughout their career. Boogie Down Productions — Sex And Violence 1992 250. Salt N Pepa - Push It 1987 22. This album is another one of the big, early successes of Def Jam — the dominating and most innovating record label at the time, extremely important for the exposure of Hip Hop to larger audiences worldwide. Top tracks: By The Time I Get To Arizona Night Train Shut Em Down 94.