Lesane Parish Crooks, better known as 2Pac, started out as a background dancer for the alternative Hip Hop group “Digital Underground”. His second release “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” was his breakout album and reached platinum status. It has a weird raw sound to it – in a good sense. A few singles stand out such as “I Get Around” or “Keep Ya Head Up” making it not only a must have for 2Pac fans but a great rap album of 1993.
Right here we got a classic – Snoop Doggs debut sold almost 1 million copies just within the first week of its release making it the fastest selling Hip Hop record back then! Nobody else but Dr. Dre was responsible for production and following “The Chronic”, the so called G-Funk was in its prime in 1993. Snoops voice was unique and irresistible, his flow outstanding – a new rap star was born.
DJ Quik was signed by Profile Recods after they heard his mixtape “The Red Tape”. Even this album was supposed to be sold in the hood! It was recorded in only 17 days and sold over 1 million copies in the US. The production was mainly handled by DJ Quik himself and his smooth rapping accompanied by the funky beats is just a timeless classic.
Blumentopf is a German Hip Hop group from Bavaria founded in 1992. “Großes Kino” is their second release with radio-friendly sound suitable for the mass market. This is not meant to be negative, not at all – combined with their intelligent & honest lyrics this album still sounds fresh today. They mix topics of everyday life with social criticism and because of that every song is entertaining.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are about to present you one of the most influential Hip Hop albums of all time: 3 Feet High And Rising. Produced by the later so famous Prince Paul it features really nice, poppy sounding samples which made the album such a high seller. Being members of the Native Tongues Posse, De La Soul were just the total opposite to groups such as N.W.A. transporting gangster themes. Instead a positive attitude toward life and peace & harmony characterized their lyrics.
Naughty by Nature’s second album after their successful debut. NBN are one of the few Hip Hop groups that dropped several very good albums and didn’t have a disappointing release. That’s why they’re one of my favourite rap groups. This record is very consistent. There’s no bad track on here. They shine as usual with their superior rapping skills and the beats and the background music fits just perfectly. Underrated one, be sure to check it out!