Top 10 Best Rap Albums of the '90s
The top 10 best Rap Albums of the 90's might be a hard list to compile, but luckily there were so many great albums of that era that they all seemed to prove themselves qualifiedr in one way or the other.
- In March of 1990, Public Enemy released "Fear of a Black Planet", an album that hosted such great hits as "911 is a Joke", "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "Fight the Power." This album opened America's eyes to the issues and struggles related to the black community and to the ills of the world. The group is lead by Chuck D and a very colorful Flavor Flav.
- Dr. Dre released the hit album "The Chronic" which featured tracks from then unknown west coast rapper Snoop Doggy Dog. The album proved to be a break out hit for Dr. Dre, solidifying his place in rap history.
- Riding high off the success of his collaboration with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg went on to release his first album entitled"Doggystyle", a sometimes comical and funny look into this rapper's life and times. The album went on to sell millions of records and create a thriving fan base for Snoop Dogg.
- In 1994, the rap duo of Andre and Big Boi emerged out of Atlanta with their freshman album simply called "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik". It was with this that they became a household name. From the first video ever released from this album, "Players Ball", you just knew they had staying power.
- The 90's also introduced the world to The Notorious B.I. G. and his debut album "Ready to Die". This gritty album featured true stories from Big like his having to sell drugs to make it being a young father. With this album, people could easily see why he was one of the best rappers.
- "Illmatic" by Nas was given the name of some kind of hip hop bible upon its release. With such strong songs as "The World is Yours", how could it not be considered as one of the best records of the decade.
- The Fugees busted onto the scene with "The Score", an album rich in unique beats and strong lyrics from Pras, Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. This album featured a remake of "Killing me Softly" which catapulted the group into the limelight.
- 1996 saw the delivery of Jay-z's album "Reasonable Doubt" which showed the rapper in all his glory coming out with his sophomore release. Some have termed this to be one his best yet.
- DMX came out of nowhere with his first album, "It's Dark & Hell is Hot", a jam-packed work with club thumping hits like "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "How's It Goin' Down." It's with this more than solid attempt at an album that made DMX one of the newest voices of rap.
- What list would be complete without 2Pac and his album "All Eyez on Me". The album was an anthology of 2Pac's life and showcased just how great he was. Truly, the rap game will never be the same without him and his razor sharp rhymes (and his willingness to expose the world for what it was!). Not only was the album full of heavy dance tracks and good beats, it was also without a doubt one of his best albums.
Keep in mind that these 10 albums not only show a small glimpse of the power of rappers and what they are capable of doing but they also bring rap to another level. Don't be disappointed if an album you like didn't show up on the list since its hard to compact a decade filled with that many mc's into one short article.