DAR Hip Hop: 8 Important Albums From 1993

By @TrueGodImmortal

Hip hop was in an amazing place 25 years ago it seemed. Artists were making classics, the West Coast was making a run, the East Coast would see the return of one of the greatest groups ever, and the debut of perhaps the greatest hip hop movement ever. 1993 was an interesting and important year in hip hop and that was 25 years ago now. It feels like a distant memory, but 25 years is such a long time in music, as so much has changed since. Today, we take a look back at some of the albums that were important and special that year, and we list those projects. Which classic and top notch hip hop albums are turning 25 this year? Let's take a look.

*A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders 

-Of course, this album has to get mentioned. Probably one of the best albums of the entire 90's, the return of Tribe for their third album was something special to be honest and quite possibly my favorite album from the legendary group. With both Phife and Q-Tip in their rap primes it seemed, the group delivered an album full of thought provoking and fun rhymes, alongside the boom bap jazz stylings that helped cultivate their sound for years. Midnight Marauders is as close to flawless as a Tribe album can get with amazing songs like "Lyrics To Go", "Keep It Rollin", "Electric Relaxation", and "Award Tour" among many others. Tribe is at their best here and the album would see success as a result. This project turns 25 in November.

*Queen Latifah- Black Reign

Women in hip hop have always showcased their skills and made music that enticed the listeners. Whether it was Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, or whoever at the time, females in hip hop were a force to be reckoned with and perhaps there was none quite as well put together musically as Queen Latifah. After her success in years prior, Queen came back with an album that preaches black unity and keeps it to the point throughout. This would become her most successful album on the back of the classic song "U.N.I.T.Y.", as well as solid tracks like "Just Another Day", "Black Hand Side", and "Rough...", which are highlights as well. This album is solid from start to finish and it turns 25 in November, marking a huge moment in the career of one of the most infamous women in the genre and beyond. 

*Ice Cube- Lethal Injection 

-Cube was on top of the world at the time 1993 arrived. He was the political and socially aware artist with a gangsta twist, but with his 1993 release Lethal Injection, he took an even more gangsta approach to it that puzzled some fans and delighted many others. For me, I was fine with Cube showcasing his more aggressive musical side, and that would spawn a change in style just a little. Cube was able to work with producers like QDIII as well as Sir Jinx, as he had nothing but solid sounds on the album and the songs work very well. Tracks like "Ghetto Bird", "Really Doe", and my favorite "You Know How We Do It" round out an excellent project. This album turns 25 in December.

*Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle

-Death Row was taking over hip hop and the music world. The release of Dr. Dre's classic album The Chronic had opened eyes and ears to the Long Beach general Snoop Dogg and when it came time to release his own solo album, he was more than ready for the challenge ahead. With Dr. Dre and the Death Row squad in tow, Snoop would craft one of the best and most successful debuts in hip hop history, arriving with huge first week sales and fanfare. Snoop would take the G-Funk sound to the next level on this album, blessing the listeners with classics like "Gin And Juice", "Tha Shiznit", "Murder Was The Case", "Doggy Dogg World", and my favorite "Ain't No Fun", which has one of the greatest Nate Dogg verses ever. For me, this is probably the most exciting album of that year and it turns 25 in November (November was a busy month for hip hop clearly).

*2Pac- Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

-While Pac was not where he would be years down the line, on this album, he was coming of age. His sophomore release was much better than his uneven but popular debut, and this album would actually be one of my favorites on the year for a number of reasons. Pac was becoming the artist that would take over the charts and the game, and watching him grow is one of my favorite things about this early era. This album featured production from Bobcat, Special Ed, The Underground Railroad, and more, as well as top tier features from Ice T and Ice Cube, which gave the listener something to look forward to. Tracks like the classics "Keep Ya Head Up" and "I Get Around" mesh well on the tracklist with songs like "Last Wordz", "Point The Finga", and "The Streetz R Deathrow". Pac was finding his rhythm and comfort on this album and it was a treat to listen to. This album turned 25 in February.

*Eightball & MJG- Comin' Out Hard

-One of the most slept on duos in all of hip hop history remains the legendary Eightball and MJG, who would see their lives and status go to new heights following the release of their debut, Comin' Out Hard. The Memphis rappers were focused and delivered an album that was equal parts pimping and street reality, which made for a classic sound overall. Suave House would benefit from this iconic duo without question, as they would serve up greatness on this project, backed by the production of the legend Tony Draper. The highlights on this album include "9 Little Millimeta Boys", "The First Episode", "Armed Robbery", and the title track. This album turns 25 officially in August.

*Souls Of Mischief- '93 Til Infinity 

-The West was known at the time for their gangsta music and aggressive content. Surely, a breath of fresh air would come along and give something different, right? Enter the underrated group Souls Of Mischief to bring another side of the Left Coast to the table. This debut album from the group was seen as a classic by many, and features production from Domino, Del The Funky Homosapien, and the group itself, and the sound is perfect for the vibe of the album. Lyrically, the group wasn't too special IMO, but they were solid enough to make this project enjoyable from start to finish. The highlights on this album include "Never No More", the title track, "Limitations", and "Batting Practice". This album officially turns 25 in September and is still a solid listen even after all of these years.

*Wu-Tang Clan- Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers 

-I mean, we have to be real. What group is more important to hip hop in the 90's than Wu-Tang? Don't worry, I'll wait while you figure that out. You could argue Tribe, but the movement wasn't nearly as important as Wu, and that's not a diss to the legendary Tribe at all. Wu-Tang was just on an entirely different level popularity wise and musically, and guess what, it started in 1993. With the release of their epic debut, the Wu became the biggest rap group out of New York by far, with production being handled by member RZA. We didn't know what we were in for at the time, but the rugged yet soulful beats would be game changing in the genre and put RZA at the top of the production ladder. This album has so many gems, from "Protect Ya Neck", "Method Man", "Can It Be All So Simple", "Bring Da Ruckus", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Shame On A Nigga", and more. This album is one of the most influential in hip hop history and it turns 25 in November as well (busy hip hop month). 1993 was a pretty good year in hip hop and the albums listed made it that way.



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