27 Highly Influential 90s Hip Hop Albums

27 Highly Influential 90s Hip Hop Albums

Today hip-hop is one of, if not the most-listened to music genres in the world and yet many fans of the genre still regard the 90s as being the “Golden Age“. There were so many classic records released during that decade that it makes it almost impossible to put together a list that’s under 100 records long. 

That’s why we decided to settle on 27 essential 90s Hip Hop albums. Each one is a solid introduction to that era and will give you a solid foundation and basic understanding of rap music at the time.

They were chosen based on their ability to stand the test of time, influence on future artists, impact when released, replay value, overall lyricism and musicianship. 

If you know anything about rap music, chances are you’ll see one or two artists on this list that you recognize. Maybe you’ve heard a song or two from one of the records here on the radio or a movie soundtrack. If you don’t recognize any of the records, you came to the right place to discover some classic gems!

27 Highly Influential 90s Hip Hop Albums

The Top 27 picks on here aren’t listed in any specific order. We’ll give you a brief history and description of each record and some background information to illustrate how they fit into the grand scheme of things. 

Here’s a list of the albums on this list:

  1. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991)
  2. Ice Cube – Death Certificate (1991)
  3. Bone Thugs N Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal (1995)
  4. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle (1993)
  5. Nas – Illmatic (1994)
  6. Big Pun – Capital Punishment (1998)
  7. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
  8. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996)
  9. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (1994)
  10. Dr. Dre – Chronic 2001 (1999)
  11. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP (1999)
  12. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt (1996)
  13. The Roots – Illadelph Halflife (1996)
  14. OutKast – Aquemini (1998)
  15. AZ – Doe or Die (1995)
  16. Scarface – The Diary (1994)
  17. Kool G Rap – 4, 5, 6 (1995)
  18. E-40 – In A Major Way (1995)
  19. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
  20. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘til Infinity (1993)
  21. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides (1998)
  22. Fugees – The Score (1996)
  23. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  24. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (1995)
  25. UGK – Ridin’ Dirty (1996)
  26. DMX – Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood (1998)
  27. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom

Were the 90s really the Golden Age of hip-hop? Browse through our selections and decide for yourself – we hope you enjoy!


1. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991)

It’s impossible to consider yourself a hip-hop head without being aware of at least one record from A Tribe Called Quest. The Low End Theory is their second full-length release. 

This record is widely regarded as marking an important turning point in the history and future direction of alternative rap. It includes features from Sadat X, Busta Rhymes, Lord Jamar, Diamond D, and others. 

If you really want to go back and discover music from one of the most influential groups in the genre – The Low End Theory is a great place to start. 

Stand out tracks include: “Check The Rhime”, “Scenario (LP Mix)”, “Butter”, and “Jazz (We’ve Got)”.


2. Ice Cube – Death Certificate (1991)

Even if Ice Cube’s most popular albums had their time in the spotlight before you were born – you can’t deny his presence in the entertainment world. 

Death Certificate was one of (if not the most) seminal record from his discography. His second full-length solo release deals with important topics that were not only relevant then, but also still apply today. 

The last track titled “No Vaseline” is the infamous NWA diss track that was written and recorded after his departure from the group. You won’t want to miss out on this important piece of hip-hop history. It’s not without good reason that it consistently ranks high on many Best Of lists from critical publications.

Stand out tracks include: “Good Cop Bad Cop”, “My Summer Vacation”, “Steady Mobbin'”, and “No Vaseline”. 


3. Bone Thugs N Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal (1995)

Bone Thugs N Harmony’s music can be easily identified by their melodic, double-time delivery as they execute seamless trade-offs throughout the course of each song. 

E. 1999 Eternal is their second release and was executive produced by Eazy-E. This record includes a track titled “Tha Crossroads”, honoring his memory in the wake of his untimely death. 

When you hear double-time rapping fused with melodic delivery – 9 times out of 10 it was inspired by Bone Thugs. Artists like Pouya, A$AP Rocky, Machine Gun Kelly, and Lil Durk have all cited Bone Thugs as a major inspiration. 

Stand out tracks include: “Tha Crossroads”, “1st of Tha Month”, “Mo’murda”, and “East 1999”. 


4. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle (1993)

Snoop Dogg is another artist that has become a household name at this point. His solo career all started with his appearances on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and was launched even further after 1993 release titled Doggystyle. His debut effort served as one of the most influential records of all time (90s or not). 

Doggystyle (among others) brought the classic West Coast feel to the forefront and is still mentioned as an absolute essential record for your collection. 

It features guest vocals from Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Dr. Dre, Lady of Rage, and others. Without a doubt, this record made an undeniable impact on the work of future artists. Over 25 years later, it remains a classic that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. 

Stand out tracks include: “Gin And Juice”, “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”, and “Murder Was The Case” (ft. Daz Dillinger).


5. Nas – Illmatic (1994)

If you only listen to one Nas album, Illmatic should be at the top of your list. Straight from the birthplace of the genre, you can’t deny the musical prowess travelling into your ears. It features DJ Premier production and skillful, multi-syllabic rhymes from one of hip-hop’s all time greats. 

Illmatic is an entirely three dimensional body of work from one of New York City’s finest. The featured production, minimal guest vocal features, and ability to hold it’s place as a legendary East Coast record make it an absolute essential

Take a trip to New York in the early 90s as a vivid picture of the landscape (at that time) is painted for your listening pleasure. The 39 minute run time keeps the message poignant and concise. Your collection isn’t even close to complete without a copy of Illmatic.

Stand out tracks include: “N.Y. State of Mind”, “Life’s A B****” (ft. AZ), “The World Is Yours”, “Halftime”, and “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”. 


6. Big Pun – Capital Punishment (1998)

Big Pun is still referenced by modern artists as ‘your favorite lyricists favorite lyricist’. His ultra-intricate rhyme schemes and effortless flow make you wonder what his music would sound like if he was still alive today. 

You could make the argument that many of your favorites wouldn’t rap with the same lyrical technicality without the influence of Big Pun. Capital Punishment was his debut release and was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 (the standards of excellence have definitely changed since then). 

The pristine vocal delivery, guest vocal features, varied production styles, and standard-setting flow patterns left the impact of Capital Punishment forever etched in the stone of lyrical hip-hop.

Stand out tracks include: “Beware”, “Still Not A Player”, “You Ain’t A Killer”, and “Twinz (Deep Cover 98)”.


7. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Wu-Tang has become synonymous with the essence of hip-hop. On their debut release titled Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the collective changed the current landscape and challenged previous conceptions of what was musically possible at the time. 

The album’s title was inspired by a Japanese martial arts movie with a similar title (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin). As each vocalist alternates and trades off – all you have to do is sit back and try your best to absorb the wordplay and catch each pop-culture reference that’s delivered to your ears.

After it’s release, hardcore hip-hop would be forever changed. Few groups in the genre since have been able to make an impact comparable to the waves that Wu-Tang made on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Stand out tracks include: “Bring Da Ruckus”, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit”, “C.R.E.A.M.”, and “Protect Ya Neck”. 


8. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996)

Right from the start, All Eyez On Me kicks off with an unforgettable hook and piano melody. The bounce on “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” will force you to nod along and might stay stuck in your head long after the track ends.

This record was the last to be released before Tupac’s untimely death in 1996. All Eyez On Me is one of those records that you can listen to without skipping any tracks. It features some of Tupac’s most popular songs and production from legendary producers. 

Tupac’s ability to touch upon a wide range of topics and tackle the subjects with a creative approach plus his distinct musical style are just a few of the many qualities that set him apart from the crowd. All Eyez On Me serves as a solid introduction for first time listeners into the mind of one of hip-hop’s timeless icons. 

Stand out tracks include: “Ambitionz Az A Ridah”, “How Do You Want It”, “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted”, “California Love (Remix)”, “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”, and “Life Goes On”. 


9. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (1994)

The debut album Ready To Die from The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie) was his only full-length project released before he was shot and killed in 1997. 

Upon it’s release, it quickly gained widespread recognition and was nominated for several Grammy Awards in 1996. Without a doubt, Ready To Die is one of the most important hip-hop albums ever released. The controversy surrounding it’s release is often brought up today as an example of lyrical content meeting reality. 

Multiple tracks including “Juicy” are still played by fans today and this record helped launch the careers of Sean “Puffy” Combs and others. If you want to literally hold a piece of music history, grab a hard copy to add to your collection. 

Stand out tracks include: “Gimme The Loot”, “Machine Gun Funk”, “Juicy”, “Ready To Die”, “Big Poppa”, and “Suicidal Thoughts”.


10. Dr. Dre – Chronic 2001 (1999)

Some would argue that The Chronic is a more iconic release from Dr. Dre but Chronic 2001 features a more-timeless style of production that still holds up. The production isn’t the only highlight and the featured artists serve as a perfect addition to Dre’s masterful compositions. 

It was also the last solo Dr. Dre album until Compton was released in 2015 (which was rumored to be the original Detox album). Listening to Chronic 2001 is like watching a movie with your ears. Due to it’s highly-cinematic qualities, it was also included among our 25 of the Best Audiophile Albums collection.  

The guest features throughout helped boost the future careers of many of the artists who performed on the record. If you want to fully internalize why Dr. Dre is almost always referred to as the best producer in the game2001 is a great place to start. 

Stand out tracks include: “Still D.R.E.” (ft. Snoop Dogg), “Forgot About Dre” (ft. Eminem), and “The Next Episode” (ft. Snoop Dogg). 


11. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP (1999)

The Slim Shady LP is Eminem’s first release after his signing with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features extremely controversial subject matter and sold over a quarter million copies during the first week of it’s release. 

This record launched Eminem into the mainstream spotlight and is widely regarded by long time fans as their favorite release from Eminem. The subject matter was (for the most part) unheard of in the genre and Dr. Dre’s production plus the lyrical delivery left an unmistakable mark in hip-hop history.

The framework of this LP (with skits and interludes) would also make this record a great headphone album

Eminem’s dark sense of humor, intricate multi-syllabic rhymes, and now instantly-recognizable vocal tones earned him respect from fans and other artists alike. No matter what you think of his more recent releases, one thing you can’t deny is the overwhelming impact of The Slim Shady LP

Stand out tracks include: “My Name Is”, “Guilty Conscience”, “’97 Bonnie & Clyde”, “Role Model”, and “Rock Bottom”. 


12. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Reasonable Doubt is the debut record release from an artist that has managed to stay relevant since that time in 1996. Jay-Z has an unmistakable vocal style and delivery. Reasonable Doubt is marked as being one of the most uniquely iconic and extremely influential rap albums of all time.

It features guest performances by The Notorious B.I.G., Memphis Bleek, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige, and others. The classy production overlaid by Jay-Z’s smooth vocal delivery and storytelling helps create a mental image in your mind that few artists can successfully replicate.

Ever since Jay-Z mentioned his writing process involving “punching-in” and never actually writing down his lyrics – many present artists have begun to take a similar approach. Reasonable Doubt influenced too many artists to count and Jay-Z’s overall presence in hip-hop serves as an inspiration to millions of people today. 

Stand out tracks include: “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, “Dead Presidents II”, “Can I Live”, “D’Evils”, and “Feelin’ It”.


13. The Roots – Illadelph Halflife (1996)

Rather than just featuring guest vocalists (which is oftentimes the standard) The Roots grabbed live jazz musicians including Steve Coleman, David Murray, and others to contribute to the record. 

Illadelph Halflife is their third release and the genre selection ranges from hip-hop to jazz. The overall message portrayed throughout is one of positivity and speaks to the extreme versatility of the group. 

It’s been included on various Best Of lists (other than the one you’re reading) and continues to be a popular choice for fans of politically conscious rap music. If you’re looking for a more laid-back record that will branch out into other genres – Illadelph Halflife should be your next listen. 

Stand out tracks include: “Respond/React”, “Push Up Ya Lighter”, “Clones”, “What They Do”, and “Concerto Of The Desperado”. 


14. OutKast – Aquemini (1998)

You could make the argument that Outkast doesn’t quite get the credit they deserve for their overwhelming influence on hip-hop music. Following ATLiens their third album titled Aquemini features the single “Rosa Parks” which ended up being the most successful single off the album.

Even today if you decide to turn on the radio, you’ll probably hear the single played at least once a day. Big Boi and Andre 3000 have since ventured into their own pursuits but records like this have left fans anxiously waiting for a new release. 

It was included in the book titled “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” coming in right at 500. Outkast broke expectations with their experimental style and the creative liberties they took definitely paid off. All things considered, Aquemini is an essential edition to any rap fan’s music library. 

Stand out tracks include: “Rosa Parks”, “Skew It on the Bar-B”, “Aquemini”, “Da Art Of Storytellin’ (Pt. 2)”, and “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”. 


15. AZ – Doe or Die (1995)

AZ’s Do or Die is a largely underappreciated record that goes unnoticed by fans today. At the time of it’s release, it topped the charts and has since sold over 1 million copies worldwide. 

“Sugar Hill” is one of the most popular singles from the album and features guest vocals from Miss Jones. On “Mo Money Mo Murda (Homicide), AZ and Nas exchange verses in the fashion of two true MCs

AZ was also one third of the hip-hop group The Firm which has unfortunately since disbanded. If you’re a fan of lyricism in it’s purest form – Do or Die has you covered.

Stand out tracks include: “Rather Unique”, “Sugar Hill”, “Uncut Raw”, and “Gimme Yours”. 


16. Scarface – The Diary (1994)

Scarface is a veteran in a genre that’s widely regarded as a “young man’s sport”. The Diary marked his third full-length release and features guest vocals from Devin The Dude and Ice Cube. 

Scarface demonstrates his powerful ability to weave a story that’s so vivid you’ll have to pinch yourself to double check if you’re dreaming or not. “I Seen a Man Die” is a chilling account that’s best listened to while following along with the lyrics. 

The Diary is a truly autobiographical work of art that will take you on an unforgettable journey into the mind of one of the greatest lyricists of all time.

Stand out tracks include: “No Tears”, “I Seen a Man Die”, “Mind Playin’ Tricks 94”, and “Jesse James”. 


17. Kool G Rap – 4, 5, 6 (1995)

Kool G Rap is one of a few artists widely credited with pioneering what’s become known as “mafioso rap”. The lyrical content uses wordplay and imagery that will make you feel like you’re watching a movie like The Godfather – in music form. 

4, 5, 6 is Kool G Rap’s debut solo album and was most well-received by underground fans. (Critics at the time may have not been expecting the gritty subject matter and ultra-intricate rhyme patterns.) Artists such as Eminem, Jay-Z, and Nas have cited Kool G Rap as a lyrical influence on their own approaches to lyricism. 

If you’re curious to hear the fire that sparked some of your favorite lyrical artists today – 4, 5, 6 is essential listening. By the end, your head will be left spinning from the unapologetic barrage of multi-syllabic verbal onslaught

Stand out tracks include: “It’s A Shame”, “Take ‘Em To War”, “Fast Life”, and “Blowin’ Up In The World”. 


18. E-40 – In A Major Way (1995)

One of the Bay Area’s stand out artists E-40 released his second full-lenth In A Major Way in 1995. He’s one of the few artists from the Bay that’s been able to break out and achieve mainstream success. 

His vocal delivery is 100% unique and the way he bends words and syllables is remarkably impressive. In A Major Way paved the foundation (in a major way) for the long career ahead of E-40. 

Features from 2Pac, Spice 1, and B-Legit are among the most memorable guest verses. This record is a must-have in order to understand how E-40 established himself as one of the Bay Area’s major pioneers

Stand out tracks include: “Sideways”, “Sprinkle Me”, “Dusted ‘N’ Disgusted”, and “1-Luv”.


19. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)

Wu-Tang member Raekwon is still debated as being one of the group’s stand-out MCs. On Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, he delivers mafioso-style verses over Golden Era signature production.

Continuing the Wu-Tang tradition, his ultra-descriptive lyrical content forces you to remain in the moment, soaking up the atmosphere he skillfully crafts.

It was also the first Wu-Tang affiliate album to feature a non group member on the track titled “Verbal Intercourse” with Nas. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is New York hip-hop through and through. Experience the early beginnings of the trend-setting mafioso rap style adopted by many other artists since then. 

Stand out tracks include: “Criminology”, “Can It All Be So Simple (Remix)”, “Ice Cream”, and “Incarcerated Scarfaces”. 


20. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘til Infinity (1993)

’93 Til Infinity has become a staple for backpackers and fans of alternative rap music. The collection of songs features abstract and faster-than-usual vocal delivery style for the time. 

During the year of it’s release it didn’t quite reach the commercial success it was hoping for. It has since become somewhat of a cult classic among hip-hop heads. 

Listening through the record today will make you realize that the group was definitely ahead of their time in many ways. To fully capture the essence of an important Bay Area pioneer collective, you’ll want to give ’93 Til Infinity a full listen or two. 

Stand out tracks include: “Let ‘Em Know”, “That’s When Ya Lost”, “Live And Let Live”, and “93 ‘Til Infinity”. 


21. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides (1998)

Mos Def is widely regarded as a leader and early pioneer of the conscious hip-hop movement. Black On Both Sides is his debut solo release and has been heralded as being extremely diverse in it’s content while also providing thought-provoking social commentary as well as more direct, feel good tunes like “Ms. Fat Booty”. 

Guest vocalists include Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and Vinia Mojica. You’ll love this record if you like to sit down and analyze the core of an album. 

Live instrumentation plus the conscious lyrical content make for a thoughtful listening experience that deserves your full, undivided attention. If you’re a fan of Kanye West, Black On Both Sides from Mos Def is most definitely right up your alley. 

Stand out tracks include: “Ms. Fat Booty”, “UMI Says”, “Mathematics”, and “Do It Now” (ft. Busta Rhymes).


22. Fugees – The Score (1996)

The Fugees was an alternative collective made up of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras Michel. The Score is their Grammy-winning slam dunk before they disbanded to pursue solo careers. 

They are arguably one of the greatest rap groups of all time but their limited discography is something to consider. The contrasting vocal styles of the group members ensures that your ears are constantly entertained and hooked into what will come next. 

There are full non-hip hop tracks as well as tracks that fuse Lauryn Hill’s arching R&B vocals as well as her spitfire rap passages along with the other member’s unique deliveries. The Score is an unusually unique and cinematic listening experience all the way until the end.

Stand out tracks include: “Ready or Not”, “Fu-Gee-La”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”, and “No Woman, No Cry”.


23. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill isn’t a singularly-focused body of work and instead features elements of reggae, R&B, soul, and rap. To this day, it’s the stand-alone solo record from Lauryn Hill and originally set the record for the most first-week sales by a female artist.

It has a little bit of everything (musically) and can be enjoyed by fans of pop music, soul, and R&B fans. The impressive execution on tracks like “Lost Ones” will knock you back on your heels (especially if you’re not familiar with The Fugees). 

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was awarded 5 Grammy Awards in 1999 which was yet another record-breaking feat. Overall, it’s an enjoyable listen all the way through and due to the variety of musical styles doesn’t get monotonous at any point. 

Stand out tracks include: “Lost Ones”, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”, “Final Hour”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Nothing Even Matters”.


24. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (1995)

Mobb Deeps The Infamous secured their spot as one of the most influential East Coast duos to date. Prodigy and Havoc produced most of the album along with Q-Tip and a few others adding to the effort. 

The “Shook Ones Pt. II” instrumental is instantly recognizable (similar to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” riff for heavy metal fans) and remains a popular choice for current artists to freestyle over. 

Features include Nas, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Q-Tip, and others which adds to the legendary status and turning point for East Coast rap music. The Infamous truly is infamous and the thought of listening to it all the way through will haunt you until you do. 

Stand out tracks include: “Survival of the Fittest”, “Shook Ones, Pt. II”, “Right Back at You”, and “Eye For a Eye (Your Beef Is Mines)”. 


25. UGK – Ridin’ Dirty (1996)

It would be a huge mistake to leave UGK off this list. Ridin’ Dirty is UGK’s best-selling album to date. (Can you guess where Chamillionaire got the inspiration for his famous single?)

This record has Southern rap written all over it. Other artists from that region were undeniably influenced by the wake that Ridin’ Dirty left behind them in their wake. There’s no better introduction to the sound that inspired many Southern artists today than taking a close look at road paved by UGK.

The clean and crisp production style fused with the member’s laid-back lyrical demeanor make for an easy listen that’s best listened to while driving (in order to get the full experience). The album only has 2 guest features which allows for Pimp C and Bun B’s signature styles to shine through and dominate the space.

Stand out tracks include: “One Day”, “Murder”, “Diamonds & Wood”, “3 In The Mornin'”, and “Ridin’ Dirty”. 


26. DMX – Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood (1998)

Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood was the second full-length release from DMX in 1998. Both releases reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Charts in the same year (a feat that only 2Pac was able to achieve). 

Most would consider it extremely unorthodox to grab Marilyn Manson for a guest feature but the sonic chemistry on “The Omen” is strikingly cohesive. Other features include The LOX, Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, Styles P, Jay-Z, and others. 

At times, it seems as though the days of getting 16 strong tracks from an artist are disappearing. Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood has a run time of just over an hour and the music doesn’t let up once. It’s a must-have for for fans of having an extremely exciting, upbeat, diverse, and aggressive listening experience (or for getting pumped up at the gym). 

Stand out tracks include: “We Don’t Give A F***” (ft. Jadakiss & Styles P), “Slippin'”, “The Omen” (ft. Marilyn Manson), and “Ain’t No Way”. 


27. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom

Cypress Hill were among the first (if not the first) to popularize certain trends in hip-hop and their music speaks for itself. Although it’s been a while since we’ve gotten an official full-length from the group – they have a discography that’s extensive-enough to keep you occupied until then. 

Cypress Hill III: Temple Of Boom can be enjoyed all the way through even if you’re not already a fan of their music. B-Real’s nasally, high-pitched vocal style laid on top of the heavier, darker instrumentals provide a remarkable sonic contrast. 

Although the group was experiencing inner turmoil during the making of Temple Of Boom, it marks an important time in their history as a group, which is reflected in the sound of the music. 

Cypress Hill’s versatile music has bridged genre gaps and inspired other artists to do the same. The darker mood of this record might not appeal to everyone but if you enjoy darker music, Temple Of Boom definitely deserves a spot in your music library. 

Stand out tracks include: “Throw Your Set In The Air”, “Illusions”, “Boom Biddy Bye Bye”, and “No Rest For The Wicked”. 


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What do you think? Did we give you enough homework for the next few days? Hopefully you were able to connect with at least a few of our selections here. 

We did our best to include a wide range of styles within the genre and we hope you enjoyed browsing through our list! Which one of the 90s Hip Hop albums here are you going to listen to or add to your collection?

Let us know by leaving a comment below, we’d love to hear from you! Do you have any personal favorites from the so-called Golden Era that you would you add to this list? 

If you’re wondering why we picked a certain record and left off another, feel free to ask below – we always respond as quickly as we can! We look forward to hearing your thoughts, thanks for stopping by!

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