12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 12

A sad day is upon us as we say goodbye to Christmas and 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop but not before we hear from Gravediggaz… N****mortis/ 6 Feet Deep – Gravediggaz (1994) Produced by Prince Paul, RZA, & others Taking the final spot in the early 90’s countdown is an album I love with all my heart. It has so much resonance and meaning…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 11

We’re nearly finished with our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and on Day 11, we gaze into the horizon as The Sun Rises In The East in 1994… The Sun Rises in The East – Jeru The Damaja (1994) Produced by DJ Premier This is Premier’s first solo-produced LP outside of Gang Starr. It’s a slight curveball choice, in that it received some…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 10

The antepenultimate Day 10 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’ve finally leaped into the future. Well, 1994 anyway… NAS – Illmatic (1994) Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and others I previously proclaimed that Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers was the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, which is something I wholeheartedly stand by. But I think…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 9

So, it’s Day 9 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re on a Quest in 1993… Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest (1993) Produced by A Tribe Called Quest, Large Professor and Skeff Anselm You couldn’t have a definitive list of early 90’s Hip Hop without including Q-Tip and crew. This LP, the group’s third album (all of which are classics)…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 8

We’re onto Day 8 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re entering the 36 Chambers tonight… Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers – Wu Tang Clan Produced by RZA, ODB, Method Man and Ghostface Killah We live in an age where superlatives are passed around like corporate bribes at the annual Tory party conference. In the era of social networking and new…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 7

Happy new year on Day 7 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and The Oynx is here… Bacdafucup – Onyx (1993) Produced by Chyskillz, Kool Tee, Jam Master Jay and Jeff Harris This debut album from Onyx made the sort of impact one more readily associates with a heavy-duty post-apocalyptic street assault. It’s an unequivocal album of violent thuggery and criminality, and a…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 6

Day 6 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we haven’t moved from 1993 yet. Here Come the Lords – Lords of The Underground (1993) Produced by Marley Marl, K-Def and DJ Lord Jazz The debut album from LOTUG, with the last full-length production job from Marley Marl, this album was a huge commercial and critical success in 1993. So much so, that…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 4

Day 4 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re onto 1993. Menace II Society Soundtrack – Various Artists (1993) Produced by Various Producers I start with the first of the albums released in hip hop’s most golden of years: 1993. I was 14 and knocking about with inappropriate boys. I was too young to see the movie at the cinema, so we watched…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 3

Day 3 of our 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’re journeying back to 1992. The Chronic – Dr Dre Released December 1992 Produced by Dr Dre and Suge Knight Whichever way you slice the pie, this is an important record. I’m from Manchester and I barely give a fuck about the geographical logistics of cities in the UK. However, as a teenager…