Critical in establishing gangsta rap, Ice-T’s second album, ‘Power’, remains a force of West Coast hip-hop.
The Streets’ long-awaited sixth album, ‘The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light’, sees Mike Skinner’s storytelling go full-on cinematic.
Introducing hip-hop to the mainstream, the best Sugar Hill Records songs proved rap could sell, and they still get the party started today.
Dazzlingly ambitious and musically astute, Diddy’s fourth album, Press Play, totally reinvigorated his presence among hip-hop’s elite.
Showcasing his growth as an artist, Mac Miller’s fifth album, ‘Swimming’, saw the rapper dive deep into introspection and vulnerability.
Provocative and pioneering, the best Lil’ Kim songs celebrated sex positivity and pushed against limitations on women in hip-hop.
From street-smart wordsmiths to soul starlets, the best Bad Boy Records artists are innovators who shaped the sound of a generation.
Collapsing genres and showcasing an absurdist humour, the best Missy Elliott songs changed the game for hip-hop and pop music.
Breaking all the rules, Lil’ Kim’s debut album, ‘Hard Core’, was as explicit as promised – but it also redefined women’s role in hip-hop.
With manic energy, Busta Rhymes’ debut album, ‘The Coming’, marked the arrival of one of hip-hop’s most unique and charismatic voices.
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