With the amount of albums released in the hip-hop genre in the decade in which it reached new heights of popularity, there were bound to be a few stinkers; the ten worst rap albums of the '90s go beyond dud or disappointment into the realm of the legendarily bad. From pop stars going gangster, to gangsters going pop, and everything bad in between, here are the ten worst rap albums of the '90s. Listen at your own risk.
- "The Funky Headhunter" by Hammer. After dropping the MC from his name, the formerly parachute-panted pop star who rode Rick James samples to the top of the charts, decided to try on a street persona, with such laughable tracks as "Somethin' for the OGs" fitting him as badly as the pants that made him famous used to. Though it debuted high on the charts, it plummeted quickly and landed Hammer in some dire financial straits.
- "Extremely Live" by Vanilla Ice. A record label cash grab to capitalize on the success of Vanilla Ice's "To the Extreme," this live album is the sort of junk people listen to in order to see if it's so bad it's good. It really just goes past good and back to bad again.
- "The Great Milenko" by Insane Clown Posse. This one brought ICP into the public eye, but the controversy surrounding its content was far more interesting than the content itself.
- "Hard to Swallow" by Vanilla Ice. The Iceman's second entry on the ten worst rap albums of the '90s list is yet another cash grab. This time an attempt to hook the erstwhile Rob Van Winkle into the rap-metal craze that netted Limp Bizkit tons of dollars at the end of the decade. The mosh-style remake of "Ice Ice Baby" has to be heard to be believed.
- "Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told" by Snoop Dogg. After the demise of Death Row Records, Snoop jumped ship for the up-and-coming No Limit, Records, and the result is probably the worst album of his career. Snoop's flow was hampered by sub-par production and laughable nods to the gangsta-pop chanting the label was known for.
- "Shaq Diesel" by Shaquille O'Neal. Stick to the hoops, big guy.
- "Mind Blowin" by Vanilla Ice. With his third entry on the list of ten worst rap albums of the '90s, Vanilla Ice proved he wasn't too cold to jock the style of just about everyone who was popular at the time, most notably Cypress Hill and Dr. Dre. The results were less than spectacular, to say the least.
- "Only God Can Judge Me" by Master P. Master P came out of a very short retirement in 1999 to release this album. The easy criticism that follows is he should have stayed retired.
- "Inside Out" by MC Hammer. Though not as disappointing as his first entry on the ten worst rap albums of the '90s, "Inside Out" is a boring effort that further MC Hammered the final nail into his coffin of a career.
- "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast" by Kid Rock. Rock;s debut album was a far cry from the rap-metal that would launch his career (for better or worse).
So there they are, the ten worst rap albums of the '90s. Don't say you weren't warned.