Cool C - I Gotta Habit The beats and lyrics on this CD are incredible! The biggest single on this CD was the radio friendly "GLAMOROUS LIFE". But every thing else on this CD is strictly hard-core Hip-Hop! Unfortunately, Cool-C was executed in prison for the murder of a female Police Officer in a bank robbery turned sour.
Divine Styler - Word Power I think that is the first artist with creative & strange aspect of hip hop like freestyle fellowship or kool keith etc.. I say only one word this is hip hop!!
Geto Boys - Grip It On That Other Level This is the original version, grip it on the other level was released in '89. the geto boys self-titled album is the re-released version that was released in '90 because it was so classic in rhyming skills. to be honest, this version is much better because the other version doesn't include the original songs like the gangsta of love version and it also doesn't include search and destroy and no sell out.
King Sun - XL If you like genuine Hip-Hop, you gotta get this record. He is the first king of Hip-Hop, truth! Low Profile - Were In This Together Low Profile's "We're In This Together" was the beginning of the great floresence of West Coast sample-based hip hop lasting from 1989 to 1993. It was gangsta rap without the ridiculous gangsta posturing common to the likes of late 80's comtemporaries Eazy-E and NWA.
3rd Bass - The Cactus Album Let me just say that lyrically this album was way ahead of it's time and even now, the lyrics on this joint are far more complex than most mc's coming out. this is a true classic joint that stands the test of time and keeps hittin'.
Tuff Crew - Back To The Wreck Shop This has to be ranked along side "Paid In Full" and "Critical Beatdown",classic old skool beats and safe rhyme.You don't get much better.All rap artists these days are trying to top what Tuff Crew and UltraMagnetic did years ago.In the words of Tuff Crew,"Gimmie Some".
Chill Rob G - Ride the Rhythm "Motivation" "I'm shootin' my mouth. Cause suckas are shootable. I'm flauntin' my rhymes. Cause I'm black and it's beautiful." That was all it took for me to realize that Chill Rob G was Lyrical master.Being young, intelligent and a black college student became cool again and Chill Rob's brilliance as a writer and beat-oligist will forever live on.