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.
The Jungle Brothers belong to the native tongues just like De La Soul or A Tribe Qualled Quest. The music sounds alike – It’s a fusion of Jazz & Hip Hop with influences of other genres such as Soul or House. The album was produced by the JB’s & the legendary Kool DJ Red Alert. With Afrocentric lyrics and innovative beats this record became a classic but is not quite as good as De La Souls debut “3 Feet High…” released in the same year.
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.
In 1993, out of nowhere, a Hardcore Hip Hop group released “Bacdafucup” and won the Soul Train Award even acing out Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”! The group was founded in a small barber shop in Queens where Fredro Starr and Stinky Fingaz were working at the time. After they presented a demo to Jam Master Jay at Def Jam they were promised an album – and what an album it is! Their rap style was unique back then – shouting & screaming to put it in a nutshell. Atak of da Bal-Hedz!
“Paid In Full” was selected to be the best album of all time by MTV. That’s how good it is! The record had to be finished in less than a week to complete it within budget. Rakim’s rapping pioneered the use of internal rhymes in Hip Hop. Unlike previous rappers as Run DMC who used to express their lyrics with high energy, Rakim changed the game with his rather relaxed and stoic delivery. Not to forget: The heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production.
The debut by Above The Law was a milestone for Westcoast Gangsta Rap. Nobody else but the almighty Dr. Dre was responsible for production. Introducing the so called “G-Funk” the album was a real zinger. It is very funky indeed and highly consistent as well. Untouchable? Well, judge for yourself…
In 1989, a new white Hip Hop group was signed to Def Jam after the Beastie Boys left the label. At thirst they called themselves “3 The Hard Way” but during the course of recording the album they changed their name. A very fresh debut for 1989. Don’t miss out on this one.
“Vanglorious – This is protected by the red, the black and the green with a key. Sissy!” You gonna hear that in every song. Professor X drops some wise words here and there. Brother J follows with afrocentristic lyrics. What makes this album so good is his voice and the way he’s rapping in combination with funky samples. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Hailing from Oakland, CA, Souls of Mischief released a classic with their debut “93 til Infinity”. They are not your typical west coast rap group. Characteristic is the heavy use of internal rhymes which makes their style unique but at the same time just doesn’t sound as smooth as most rappers. Nonetheless the whole record is dope – 93 til Infinity!