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Classic Rotation: Busta Rhymes' "The Coming"
Like many others who grew up long after the Native Tongues era of NY rap, my first exposure to a young Busta Rhymes came on A Tribe Called Quest’s bombastic single “Scenario.” The Low End Theory closing track featured Rhymes’ group Lead
Classic Rotation: The Game's "The Documentary"
Last year, there’s no question that the West had it locked. Acclaimed albums by Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Jay Rock, Ty Dolla $ign and The Game proved that the left coast can build off the momentum established by the legends – like Snoop Dogg, Dr.
Classic Rotation: The Roots' "Do You Want More?!!!??!"
In the 1990s, jazz-influenced rap was much more abundant than it is today.
Classic Rotation: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter II"
OutKast's "Best New Rap Group" acceptance speech at the 1995 Source Awards has been cited again and again as the turning point for Southern Rap, the moment when it became viewed as more than a novelty and began its gradual game of catch-up to the East and
Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
Since we began this "Classic Rotation" feature two years ago, we've written about albums that have stood the test of time, ones that have come to define eras and genres.
Classic Rotation: Tha Dogg Pound's "Dogg Food"
If there has been one consistent story in hip hop this year, it’s been consistency from the west coast. The year has seen a ton of releases from the game’s biggest names, but the albums that continue to make headlines seem to be from California.
Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "Late Registration"
If you’re on this website, you probably already love Late Registration. Kanye West’s second album came in a much simpler time of his career.
Classic Rotation: Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"
On August 25, 1998 Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album was a blend of the Fugee sound that propelled her into the spotlight a couple years prior.
Classic Rotation: N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton"
On this day, 27 years ago, N.W.A released their indisputable classic, Straight Outta Compton.
Classic Rotation: Raekwon "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"
Throughout the 90s, the Wu-Tang Clan had an all-star run of releases, both as a group and as solo artists.
Classic Rotation: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "E. 1999 Eternal"
It starts with a haunting introduction. A demonic voice takes the mic, paving the way for a revolutionary new sound in rap.
Classic Rotation: Outkast "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik"
Atlanta is a modern-day hotspot for rap music, but before Young Thug, Migos, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy or T.I. had captured the spotlight, there was a duo named OutKast.
Classic Rotation: Mobb Deep's "The Infamous"
Mobb Deep’s second studio album, The Infamous, turns 20 years old today. Through quality bars, samples, beats, and skits, Havoc and Prodigy were able to impact the trajectory hip-hop by delivering a record that is in the GOAT discussion for many.