Old school , new school, West Coast, East Coast -- when everything is said and done, the Hip-Hop community has released some of the greatest musical accomplishments and commercial successes of the past 20 years, thanks in large part to creative beats, lyrical mastery, and an "in-your-face" attitude that is fresh and raw.

Illmatic, Nas

ALBUM: Illmatic »


WHY?: Nazir Jones transcends rap music and shares his life experiences.

BEST SONG: "The World Is Yours"

The Slim Shady LP, Eminem

ALBUM: The Slim Shady LP »

ARTIST: Eminem

WHY?: Say what you will about him, but Dre's protégé can rap like no one else.

BEST SONG: "Role Model", "Guilty Conscience"

Straight Outta Compton, NWA

ALBUM: Straight Outta Compton »


WHY?: Dr.Dre, MC Ren, Eazy E, Ice Cube. Need more reasons?

BEST SONG: "Express Yourself", "If it Ain't Ruff", "Gangsta Gangsta"

Things Fall Apart, The Roots

ALBUM: Things Fall Apart »

ARTIST: The Roots

WHY?: Very little hype, all substance. The Roots play true, honest and soulful music.

BEST SONG: "100% Dundee", "Double Trouble"

Atliens, Outkast

ALBUM: ATLiens »

ARTIST: Outkast

WHY?: This duo from Atlanta plays genuine hip hop when most stations only push commercial crap.

BEST SONG: "Two Dope Boys in a Cadillac", "Babylon"

The Score, Fugees

ALBUM: The Score »

ARTIST: Fugees

WHY?: A fresh breath of air by three talented musicians: Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras. Now that's star power.

BEST SONG: "Fugee La", "Killing Me Softly"

Life After Death, Notorious BIG

ALBUM: Life After Death »

ARTIST: Notorious B.I.G.

WHY?: Despite passing away, Big Poppa destroys the mike on this double album. More versatile than first, which was equally good.

BEST SONG: "I Love The Dough", "Sky Is The Limit"

Chronic 2001, Dr. Dre

ALBUM: Chronic 2001 »


WHY?: Probably one of the greatest hip hop geniuses of all time, for his production and creative sense.

BEST SONG: "What's the Difference", "The Watcher", "Next Episode", "Still Dre", "Ackrite"

Forever, Wu-Tang-Clan

ALBUM: Wu-Tang Forever »

ARTIST: Wu-Tang Clan

WHY?: Followed up Classic Debut with one of the best albums of all time. Amazing production by RZA. Eclectic, powerful, soulful, the Wu kicks butt.

BEST SONG: "For Heaven's Sake", "Scary Hours", "Heaterz"

Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg

ALBUM: Doggystyle »

ARTIST: Snoop Dogg

WHY?: Relentless. The Top Dawg may have slowed down, but the melodies, beats, and production keep you in sync from beginning to end.

BEST SONG: "G-Funk Intro", "Gin & Juice", "Da Shiznit", "Ain't no Fun"

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