The Best Hip-Hop Albums Of The Past 20 Years

The Best Hip-Hop Albums Of The Past 20 Years

Jay Z- Vol 2 Hardknock Life

This album was one of the most impactful albums of the time. With this masterpiece, Jay Z was able to introduce a new sound to the prevailing bass pop sound that had dominated the 90s. The top tracks were "Hard Knock life," "Money Ain’t a Thing" and "Can I get A."

A Tribe Called Quest- The Movement

What made this album stand out was the original sound that producer Jay Dee infused into it. It became a unique yet powerful album. The top tracks "like it like that" and "find a way" could easily debut today.

Black Eyed Peas- Behind the Front

This album was fun both lyrically and instrumentally. The beats inspired by groups like Tribe called Quest brought life to the music that producer Will I Am pieced together.

OutKast- Aquemini

Outkast had proven to be trailblazers when it comes to sound and innovation. However with Aquemini, their potential burst out in this beautiful masterpiece that is hard to box into one sound. Songs like "Rosa Parks" and "Synthesizer" were, and continue to be the most unique and incredible work that OutKast ever did.

The Coup- Steal This Album

When the world thought it was time for the coup to give up the mic, well they had a surprise coming. Boots Riley and his group released a beast that still lives on as one of the best hip-hop albums. With witty tracks like "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada last night" and "The Shipment", it is hard to wish this group away.

Big Pun- Capital Punishment

This one brought back the hardcore rap that was seen a lot in the early 90s. With songs like "Twinz" and "the dream sharterer," this album was the best way to close the 90s. Although it was his only album, Big Pun left a legacy that drove him to be recognized as one of the best rap emcees of his time.

DMX- Its Dark And Hell Is Hot

Even without the beats and the instruments, DMX would still shine in any production. He is a strong emcee with an authoritative voice that is hard to ignore. Some of the top tracks on the album that were released as singles were "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "Get At Me Dog."