The 1990’s was the best decade for everything, music especially. Hip-Hop flourished amidst the storm of the East Coast/West Coast Beef, and various camps were staking claims for both industry success and street acclaim. The true winners during this era were us the fans.
With 2017 boasting 40 Hip-Hop albums turning 20 this year, I’ve decided to sort of piggyback from last week and highlight three albums that still make us nod our collective heads upon hearing them. Hip-Hop is a timeless genre of music, one that is filled with bravado and lyrical prowess. These albums solidified the artist who presented them as mainstays in this movement.
Jay-Z –In My Lifetime Vol. 1
Released in November of 1997, Jay-Z gave us little reasonable doubt that his sophomore effort would be anything less than stellar. One year after his acclaimed debut album, the Roc-a-Fella MC followed up with a 58-minute production with some of the industry’s hottest producers. The appeal of this album was evident with songs like “The City is Mine” engaging every young hustler. With the right blend of Hip-Hop and R&B, sprinkled with great feature artists it’s no wonder why this album went platinum.
Master P- Ghetto D
One of Hip-Hop’s purest entrepreneurs, Master P provided us with his 6th studio project in September of ’97. The No Limit Soldier was riding high from the success of his platinum Ice Cream Man album along with a slew of underground mixes. If you were quick about copping this album when it was released, then you have the controversial album cover that was changed soon after it’s debut. Who can forget the opus for fallen comrades “I Miss My Homies” that featured the legendary Pimp C? My personal favorite was “Make Em Say Uhh!” that featured the No Limit All Stars for the first time collective. With so many hits this album had something for everybody.
Rakim- The 18th Letter
One-half of one of Hip-Hop’s pioneers regarding rap duos, The God MC blessed us with his first solo project in November of 1997. Rakim showed no signs of mic rust even five years removed from “Don’t Sweat the Technique.” His lyrical techniques and recollections upon the golden age of Hip-Hop are on full display with production from the industry’s elite in DJ Premiere and Pete Rock to name a few. This album is a must-have for the true heads of Hip-Hop.
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