Thursday, April 14, 2011

the golden era

Most hip hop historians describe hip hop's golden era as the music that was made from 1986 to 1996.

As discussed on my show last night on 12RADIO, here are some of the best albums that were released during that time.


Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys


Down by Law - MC Shan
Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim
Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
Yo! Bum Rush the Show - Public Enemy
BAD: Bigger and Deffer - LL Cool J


It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick - Slick Rick
By All Means Necessary - Boogie Down Productions
Critical Beatdown - Ultramagnetic MCs
3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
Strictly Business - EPMD
Long Live the Kane - Big Daddy Kane
Eazy-Duz-It - Eazy E
Goin' Off - Biz Markie
Follow the Leader - Eric B & Rakim
Power - Ice T
Lyte as a Rock - MC Lyte
Tougher Than Leather - Run DMC
He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince


Youngest in Charge - Special Ed
All Hail the Queen - Queen Latifah
The Boy Genius - Kwamé
Walking With a Panther - LL Cool J
As Nasty As They Wanna Be - 2 Live Crew
Original Stylin' - 3 Times Dope
Grip It! On That Other Level - Geto Boys
Road to the Riches - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Unfinished Business - EPMD
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop - Boogie Down Productions
No One Can Do It Better - The D.O.C
It's a Big Daddy Thing - Big Daddy Kane


AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube
One For All - Brand Nubian
Wanted: Dead or Alive - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em - Eric B. & Rakim
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest


The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
Breaking Atoms - Main Source
Death Certificate - Ice Cube
De La Soul Is Dead - De La Soul
We Can't Be Stopped - Geto Boys
To the East, Blackwards - X-Clan
Efil4zaggin - N.W.A.


Bizarre Ride II Tha Pharcyde - The Pharcyde
Step In the Arena - GangStarr
Mecca and the Soul Brother - Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Don't Sweat the Technique - Eric B. and Rakim


Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang Clan
Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest
DoggyStyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg
Enta Da Stage - Black Moon
93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
Comin' Out Hard - Eightball & MJG

Illmatic - Nas
southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast
The Main Ingredient - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World - Keith Murray
Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots
The Diary - Scarface
Ready to Die - Notorious B.I.G


Me Against the World - 2Pac
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon
The Infamous... - Mobb Deep
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - Ol' Dirty Bastard
Labcabincalifornia - The Pharcyde
Doe Or Die - AZ
E. 1999-Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Soul Food - Goodie MOB


All Eyez On Me - 2Pac
Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z
Don Killuminati: The 7-Day Theory - 2Pac/Makaveli
It Was Written - Nas
Illadelph Halflife - The Roots
Muddy Waterz - Redman

Your thoughts...


K. Rock said...

OK. Apparantly I am a little younger than you cuz I can't jump into this list until 91.I had a lot of these albums but I will pick a few that are on my alltime list.

Enter the Wu, Midnight Mauraders, Doggystyle, Didn't have SOM CD but I love the song 93 til Infifnity, Illmatic, Ready to Die, Southernplay..., Do you want more, Diary, Only Built...,Labcabin..., and Reasonable Doubt.

I also have to add ATLiens, stakes is high, resurrection, ironman..I could go on but I will stop now.

Great post.

Tee Reese said...


While listening to the first hour of the show that I missed last night. I was in conversation with myself as if it was live! Hence the tweets during my listening. Lol!

I'm elated to be in the number that appreciate the 'Golden Era'.

LadyLee said...

Dude. I forgot all about that first Pharcyde CD. That had me like O_O. Very eclectic indeed. BRILLIANT!

This list... makes me wanna cry! And throw a brick through all these current rappers windows! Ugh.

Amber Lee. said...

Dusting of the de la soul album.
That when music tied in with our culture and had a meaning.

I agree with Ladylee music these days makes me wanna jump off a bridge, especially when i find myself singing and rapping along.