Some call it “The Golden Era.” This is not a definitive list, just a sample. West Coast post to follow.
Gang Starr: Just to Get a Rep (1991) and The Question Remains (1994). The Guru and DJ Premier. Nuff said.
KRS-ONE/BDP: The Original Way (1992), Poisonous Products (1992) and MCs Act Like They Don’t Know (1995). I had the opportunity to see BDP a few times and they always came on the stage with like ten people and rocked the show from beginning to end.
Artifacts: Wrong Side of the Tracks (1995) For the graf heads.
Diamond D and the Psychotic Neurotics: F*ck What You Heard (1992). Seriously slept on.
Eric Sermon: Focus (1995). Solo effort by half of EPMD.
Jeru the Damaja: D Original (1994) and You Can’t Stop the Prophet (1995). Whatever happened to Jeru?
Red Man: Can’t Wait (1994). RIP, Shaolin Alan. You are missed. This is for you.
Nas: It Ain’t Hard to Tell and Memory Lane (1994). When Illmatic dropped it turned hip-hop upside down. The lyrics, the flows, the beats. A mind-blowing first release.
Black Sheep: The Choice is Yours (1991).
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth: Escape (1995). Another epic production.
Ultramagnetic MC’s: Raise It Up (1993). I know I have posted this before but it is that good to merit posting again.
De La Soul: Stakes is High (1995). Long Island’s Finest.
Black Moon: Who Got the Props? (1993). This is dedicated to the ones that kept frontin’…