The fifth month in the calendar year has proven to be a productive one in terms of Hip-Hop. Many of the movement’s leaders such as Busta Rhymes, PMD of EPMD and the Notorious B.I.G. were born in May. It’s also was a time when breakthrough artists would emerge to claim their stake in Hip-Hop’s vast field of opportunity.

We’re back on our #ThrowbackThursday grind after a brief hiatus and this week we apologize for being away for so long. This week we highlight three debut albums from some of Hip-Hop’s most élite artists. Who knew the impact these artists would have on the genre and culture itself? Ignorance can be bliss…leggo!

ICE CUBE: Amerikkka’s Most Wanted

Damn, we’re glad that NWA set it off too! The anticipated début solo album from Ice Cube came in May of 1990. Fresh off the split from Hip-Hop’s most dangerous group, the West Coast MC gave us that raw, lyrical venom laced with production from The Bomb Squad. Singles like “Who’s the Mack” and “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” would propel the album to the 19th spot on Billboard 200 charts and inevitable platinum status in September of 1991. This album is a classic and deaded any thought of Cube not being able to hold his own apart from NWA.

DMX: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot

May is also known for some warm temps and on May 19th, 1998 DMX would add kerosene to the flames with his début album under Ruff Ryders/Def Jam. Backed by 4 hit singles and production from Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, PK and Irv Gotti to name a few the Yonkers MC would ride a wave of dominance that saw the album do over 200K in sales the first week and debut #1 on Billboard 200.

The Dark Man’s captivating style and unforgettable delivery reigned supreme on “Stop Being Greedy” and this is NOT up for debate.

KOOL KEITH: Dr. Octagonecologyst

One part of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC’s, Kool Keith released his début solo album in May of 1996. There isn’t much recognition that goes towards the underground Hip-Hop scene and it’s a damn shame because 90% of it is better than what’s out here (just sayin’). Dan the Automater and KutMasta Kurt led the production and the album has been said to have revitalized the landscape of alternative Hip-Hop unlike any other. I especially like the production on “Earth People” as well as “3000”. Though not loud enough to make mainstream raise an eyebrow, the revolutions throughout the underground resonate to this day upon hearing it.

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Jerry Miller

The author Jerry Miller

Aspiring entertainment writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. I served as the Entertainment Editor for the largest African-American magazine in the city of Indianapolis.

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