The engine that drove the Motown machine was made up of the songwriters and producers who worked behind the scenes to create the Motown sound.
On ‘Teflon Don,’ Rick Ross lived up to his mafia moniker with outsized charisma and a lush, cinematic album to sell his rap fantasy.
The Roots’ ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ brought an ambitious sense of experimentation to hip-hop, revealing what a live band could do with the genre.
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.
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.
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.
With ‘Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood’, DMX signposted hip-hop's growing dominance, forcing the industry to re-evaluate its approach to new albums.
The first album to introduce the P-Funk universe, ‘Mothership Connection’ is a full-on funk assault by Parliament at their creative zenith.
On his debut album, ‘Stoney’, Post Malone forged his own identity, refusing to conform his vision of music in order to fit labels or definitions.
Following an unprecedented reign, Parliament signed off for almost forty years, leaving ‘Trombipulation’ behind as the template for 80s electro-funk.
On her debut album, ‘Pink Friday’, Nicki Minaj showcased a genre-bending musicality that took in everything from underground cuts to crossover smashes.