On ‘Relapse,’ Eminem returned in full force, proving himself one of the most formidable rappers in the world, with one of his most extreme collections yet.
After assuming the hip-hop crown, ‘Views’ saw Drake at his most navel-gazing, wondering if his kingdom came with a price.
Recorded live with a 17-piece orchestra, ‘Late Orchestration’ was an early sign that Kanye West would create art that transcends time.
From his pioneering work with The Neptunes to N*E*R*D and solo albums, Pharrell Williams has become music’s top producer, pushing the envelope of pop.
A sign of things to come, with ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,’ Nicki Minaj led the way for female rappers and helped hip-hop consume pop completely.
Common hit reset on hip-hop with his ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ album, paying tribute to the black trailblazers who came before him.
On his landmark third album, ‘Me Against The World,’ 2Pac reconciled his two selves: the fearless gangsta rapper and the introspective poet.
With his debut mixtape, ‘Lil Boat’, Lil Yachty fully shed the “mumble rap” label, transitioning from SoundCloud sensation to major label star.
After 30 years of pioneering pop music, modern-day Motown still shapes 'The Sound Of Young America,' thanks to a slew of new artists storming the charts.
Released on the cusp of a new millennium, ‘The Slim Shady LP’ found Eminem starting one of the greatest runs in hip-hop history.
Drake’s surprise mixtape ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ saw the Toronto MC get existential, toeing the line between introspection and aggression.
With ‘Rebirth,’ Lil Wayne threw down the rap-rock gauntlet, resulting in one of the most unlikely success stories – and influential albums – of the 2010s.
On his sophomore solo album, ‘2001’, Dr. Dre was back for the throne with a new generation of talent and a record that would define an era.
A coming-of-age tale set to thumping bass and wheezing synths, ‘Kaleidoscope’ saw Kelis set the standard for a new era of experimental R&B.
A “lost album” of the 00s, Kelis’ Neptunes-produced ‘Wanderland’ foretold the fusion of pop and hip-hop, and more then deserves its due.