A decade in the making, ‘Watch The Throne found the two titans of hip-hop, Kanye West and Jay Z, joining up to create hip-hop’s grand spectacle.
On their 2001 debut album, ‘In Search Of…’, hip-hop hitmakers N*E*R*D subverted the genre’s clichés to create a new sound – becoming rock stars in the process.
In its quest for a fresh start, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ reveals layers of hope, uncertainty and anxiety beneath its warm, inviting surface.
‘The Tipping Point’ is populated by hip-hop’s forgotten heroes, and catches The Roots still finding their place in the pop culture pantheon.
‘Scorpion’ allowed Drake to reconcile both side of his personalities: the tough-talking MC and the vulnerable R&B singer, all in one slick package.
‘Yeezus’ is proof that hip-hop can take any form. Kanye West’s exercise in minimalism was polarizing to some, but uncompromising in its sonic mission.
The best Tupac songs reveal a complex body of work straddling mediations on life and death, party jams, and some of the most thoughtful hip-hop in history.
Having owned the early 00s with their unstoppable run of singles, ‘The END’ was both a comeback and a victory lap for The Black Eyed peas.
A decade after his trailblazing debut, ‘The Art Of Storytelling’ saw Slick Rick return to the hip-hop fold with some new tales to tell.
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.
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.
Snoop Dogg’s versatility and omnipresence in hip-hop has been much like Tory Lanez’s today: versatile and prolific, both are masters with staying power.
Released on the cusp of a new millennium, ‘The Slim Shady LP’ found Eminem starting one of the greatest runs in hip-hop history.