Hip-hop is a culture that prides itself on youthful energy, so it’s hard to imagine that some of its most popular and influential all-time albums turn 20 years old this year. Here’s a quick list, and let us know in the comments if there’s one that you’d like to add.
Enter the Wu (36 Chambers), Wu Tang.
Released November 9, 1993, this album eventually went platinum.
Organix, The Roots
Released May 19, 1993, this was The Roots’ debut album.
Midnight Marauders, A Tribe Called Quest
Released November 9, 1993 and easily considered a hip-hop classic.
Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg
Released November 23, 1993, this was one of the most controversial albums of the gangsta rap era.
93’ Till Infinity, Souls of Mischief
Released September 28, 1993, this one’s a West Coast classic.
Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z, 2pac
Released on February 16, 1993, this was 2pac’s second studio album.
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), Digable Planets
Released September 27, 1993, the single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)eventually broke into the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100.