100 | MF Doom - Operation Doomsday
MF's off-kilter rhymes, scenic skits, and soul-inspired production made this a unique set.
99 | Salt-N-Pepa - Hot Cool & Vicious
Salt 'N Pepa took the rap game by storm and grabbed the attention of both men and women with their titillating ditties.
98 | Kanye West - Late Registration
When everyone wondered if Kanye could reenact the magic of his stellar debut, his response was a resounding yes. Late Registration not only built on his previous sound palette, it packed even more lyrical punch than his debut. West was rewarded with a Grammy for his effort.
97 | Freestyle Fellowship - To Whom It May Concern
Amidst the thugged-out reign of N.W.A. and Cypress Hill, Freestyle Fellowship countered with lyrical virtuosity.
96 | Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
An undeniable hip-hop masterpiece that reinforced Eminem's status as one of the most exciting artists of the new millennium.
95 | Too Short - Born To Mack
Raw, uncut, and x-rated tales of female conquests abound. At a mere 8 tracks, Born to Mack was indeed too short. But its brevity left very little room for missteps.
94 | Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East
Fame proved elusive for the Brooklyn MC, but Jeru's edutainment and Premier's mind-blowing compositions made his debut one of the quintessential 90s hip-hop albums.
93 | The Artifacts - Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Skirt-gazing b-boys pose the last stand on graf rap.
92 | Juvenile - 400 Degreez
A combination of Juvie's melodic flow and Cash Money's high-end production made 400 Degreez a Southern rap favorite in 1998.
91 | The Roots - Things Fall Apart
This mid-career success for the Roots was a huge step forward from the righteous fury of their first 3 LPs.