On her debut album, ‘Pink Friday’, Nicki Minaj showcased a genre-bending musicality that took in everything from underground cuts to crossover smashes.
With her sex-positive image, unbridled confidence and elite lyricism, Foxy Brown’s ‘Ill Na Na’ became the blueprint for female MCs in hip-hop.
LL Cool J’s debut album, ‘Radio’, turned the MC into a hip-hop superstar and put the emerging Def Jam record label on the map.
With a knack for reinvention that has made him one of the longest-lasting rappers of all time, the best Snoop Dogg songs show that his art has no bounds.
‘The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein’ is another masterpiece in George Clinton’s canon and traveled deeper into the mythology of Parliament.
On ‘Teflon Don’, Rick Ross lived up to his mafia moniker with outsized charisma and a lush, cinematic album to sell his rap fantasy.
With ‘The Show, The After Party, The Hotel’, Jodeci pushed the boundaries of R&B and lived up their reputation as the “bad boys of R&B.”
On ‘Rising Down’, The Roots delivered a call-to-arms, with Black Thought leading the charge and bringing some friends along for back-up.
On his solo debut album, ‘The Chronic’, Dr Dre fused his hardcore hip-hop roots with funk stylings, creating an entire hip-hop movement in the process.
Poetic and provocative, Common rose from underground hip-hop to become the music’s fiercest custodian. The best Common songs reveal how.
A watershed moment in hip-hop, ‘Things Fall Apart’ combined the raw energy of The Roots’ live shows with peerless production to birth a classic album.
Drake’s first mixtape, ‘Room For Improvement’, captured the young phenom in the making, discovering his voice and experimenting with forms he would master.
The Roots’ ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ album brought an ambitious sense of experimentation to hip-hop, revealing what a live band could do with the genre.
Hip-hop’s original storyteller, Slick Rick has carried the narrative torch for over three decades. The best Slick Rick songs reveal how.
On their ambitious debut album, ‘SremmLife’, dynamic sibling duo Rae Sremmurd ushered in a new class of hip-hop eccentrics.