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10 Forgotten Rap Albums from 1993 That You Need To Know

1993 was a big year for Hip-Hop albums.  Memorable releases and achievements include, but aren’t limited to, Snoop’s Doggystyle being the first debut album to ever enter the charts at number one, the Wu-Tang Clan teaching everyone the meaning of “C.R.E.A.M.” via Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and A Tribe Called Quest dropping another classic with Midnight Marauders.

Those monumental albums have earned their places in the collections of most Hip-Hop fans (and rightfully so), but, for as big as ’93 was, there was also a downside to it.  There was so much great material released in those 365 days that some incredible music has unfairly faded away over time.

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So, to make sure that they receive the acknowledgement they deserve, AllHipHop.com made a list of the 10 rap albums from 20 years ago that people may have forgotten, but need to remember.

’93 Hip-Hop proves that there really can be too much of a good thing.

10). Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) by Digable Planets: Considering that the group probably still receives sync licensing checks from the use of “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” the song is still well-known.  However, the album that the record is featured on should be remembered too.  The jazz influence that was making its way into Hip-Hop in the early 90s is not only prominent on this LP, it is incorporated well.  And as far as lyrics, “Nickel Bags” compares music to drugs and “La Femme Fetal” discusses abortion.  The album is good; it doesn’t rely just on its hit single.

9). The Four Horsemen by Ultramagnetic MC’s: After Funk Your Head Up flopped, the group needed to regroup and they did just that with their third album.  Enlisting the help of Godfather Don, innovative production again made this album standout like their landmark debut.  This album also contains one of the group’s best songs ever, “Saga of Dandy, the Devil & Day.”  It’s a record about Negro league baseball and some of the most memorable players to emerge from it.

8). 187 He Wrote by Spice 1: The cover of this album pretty much says it all.  And while his content is still somewhat limited to gangsta themes, the production is a little more varied than his debut.  The album doesn’t really bring anything new to Hip-Hop, but it does what it does really well.  In other words, one of the reasons gangsta rap is as powerful as it (for better or for worse) is because of this album.  Two decades later, “Trigga Gots No Heart” still sends chills.

7). 21 & Over by Tha Alkaholiks: The only reason that this album runs the risk of being forgotten by the masses is that none of the singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100.  However, that doesn’t diminish the quality of 21 & Over at all.  It’s a great party soundtrack that has no filler.  Props to King Tee for putting these guys on.  With the exception of their “Best U Can” single from 2001, J-Ro, Tash, and E-Swift have yet to sound this good again.

6). SlaughtaHouse by Masta Ace Incorporated: With a newly formed crew assembled, Masta Ace returned to the scene after a three year break and expressed his distaste for gangsta rap.  He instead opted for more social commentary.  “Jeep Ass Niguh,” one of the album’s highlights, has proven to be timeless with the similarities between that song and the recent tragic fatal shooting of Jordan Davis.  (He was an unarmed 17-year-old African-American male that was shot over loud music in November 2012.)

5). Till Death Do Us Part by Geto Boys: While Willie D left the group to pursue a solo career, the Geto Boys soldiered on with this album.  Big Mike served as a respectable replacement, but Willie D’s absence was still felt.  However, the 15-track set still delivered.  “6 Feet Deep” is a powerful record which is only enhanced by the Commodores and Marvin Gaye samples.  Then “Bring It On,” in addition to being a great posse cut, is also notable for the introduction of Devin the Dude.

4). Home Invasion by Ice-T: After the whole “Cop Killer” fiasco, Ice-T could’ve stopped cold (no pun intended).  Fortunately, he didn’t though.  With this release, his “kiss my ass” attitude is as apparent as ever.  Not only does Ice call out Charlton Heston (“It’s On”), he also makes a great song about the gang truce (“Gotta Lotta Love”), gets real political (“Message to the Soldier”), and collaborates with Brother Marquis on a record that Jay Z would borrow elements from a decade later to create one of his biggest hits (“99 Problems”).

3). Illegal Business? by Mac Mall: Even at 74-minutes in running time, this album does not feel too long.  Produced entirely by Khayree, Mac Mall’s first album is Bay Area Hip-Hop at its finest.  He is a detailed lyricist whose rhymes fit exceptionally well atop Khayree’s synth sounds.  Wether insightfully discussing crime on “Young N Da Game” or simply talking about drinking on “Crack da 40,” Mac Mall’s skills remain intact and so his versatility is also on full display.  Plus, “Pimp S**t” features Mac Dre and the video for “Ghetto Theme” is directed by 2Pac.

2). Here Come the Lords by Lords of the Underground: This is a stellar debut album from a Hip-Hop trio based in New Jersey.  The production from Marley Marl and K-Def certainly doesn’t hurt either.  Additionally, seeing Doitall in a diaper and Mr. Funke sporting a huge afro in the “Funky Child” video makes the group even that much more memorable.  And while that video was entertaining, the group still lived up to its name with hard drums, booming basslines, and solid rap flows.

1). Looks Like a Job For… by Big Daddy Kane: It’s fair to say that Kane’s appearance in Playgirl and Madonna’s sex book weren’t the best look for him as a Brooklyn emcee.  Therefore, by 1993, he really needed to get back to the raw rhyming that made him a star in the 80s.  He did that and then some with this album.  Combine his impeccable flow with then-current production and the result is this outstanding (yet underrated) LP.  In a 1997 book, Chuck D even listed this as one of his “Favorite All-Time Rap Albums.”  After one listen, it’s clear to hear why.

What do you think of these selections?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

  • TruthSerum

    That Spice 1 album is still one of my favorites from the Gangsta Rap era, Got that when I was 10 years old from my older brother lol Still think Amerikkaz Nightmare was a lil better tho, dude is underrated

    • eddieknucks

      Highly underated. The title track and r.i.p were cold.

      • johnblacksad

        R.I.P. to dead niggas on the wall…

    • johnblacksad

      “I recommend when your kid turn 10, let’em hear Spice1
      made plenty noise, Positive K, Father MC; The Skinny Boys”
      -Nas (Where are they now)

  • JUSROMAN

    How You Get A Record Deal by BDK is one joint that should be on constant play due to the current state of hip-hop.

  • Dee Moe

    Comin out Hard by 8Ball and MJG

    • John Q. Public

      GREAT ALBUM

    • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

      Good one

    • bigdoe6

      Masterpiece.

  • dfwricwil

    Great list.

    • Shad Reed

      Thanks!

  • John Q. Public

    Black Sunday by Cypress Hill

  • John Q. Public

    Ice Cube… Lethal Injection

  • John Q. Public

    Souls of Mischief… 93 til Infinity

  • John Q. Public

    Pac… Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ

    • Celz

      FORGOTTEN albums not BEST albums.. Read fam

      • John Q. Public

        It wasn’t brought up in the article so to me, AllHipHop had FORGOTTEN all about it… I havnt forgot any of these most the music I listen to 2day is 90s

  • John Q. Public

    Scarface… The World is Yours

  • John Q. Public

    E40 Federal

  • John Q. Public

    and who can forget Shaq Diesel by Shaquille O’Neal… jus playin

    • Darrell Robertson

      Remember the shaq fu video game that came with the free cd, lol

      • Schooly B

        I remember wanting my pops to get the sega channel so I could play that game. Then he rented it from Blockbuster and I was like wtf where’s Sonic at? lol

    • Man no bs, I was goin thru a box of old shit from when I was a kid, and I’ll be DAMNED if that cassette wasn’t among the shit I found…don’t judge me dammit, I was 13…LMAO

      • JondoE303

        The song with meth wasn’t half bad

      • johnblacksad

        What ya’ll talkin bout? The Diesel delivered!

      • My joint was Giggin On Em, where he called out other players by name that he’d had altercations with…shit had me like “Well DAYUM.” LOL

  • ihatefaggots

    Bunch of crap

    • DJ7

      Pipe down lil’ Timmy…this is obviously before your time, only grown folk allowed in this thread!!

    • johnblacksad

      takes crap to recognize crap!

      F.O.H. witcha crappy comment

  • John Q. Public

    Get in Where You Fit In… Too Short

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  • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

    21 and over and the liks in general are completely underrated.

  • Darrell Robertson

    I remember that spice 1, 187 he wrote album well along with a few others on the list, even though I was like 8 years old when they came out. My older cousin use to play it, and most of what he listened to I listened to because I followed him around so much. That whole album cover gave me nostalgia of growing up in the 90’s.

  • Curtis75Black

    None of these are forgotten. If you came up in that era, most likely in High School or graduating, you jammed those.

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  • bigdoe6

    Spice 1. 187 he wrote is a masterpiece. Around the time Menace II Society came out. That album is a classic. Spice needs to be inducted into the hall of fame. That album is timeless.

    • johnblacksad

      masterpiece indeed!

      “runnin out da crackhouse, da crackhouse, runnin out da crackhouse, da crackhouse, runnin out da mothafcukin crackhouse!”

  • brotha_man

    A-G-2-A-KE – mil-ticket is the most underrated album in the world….youtube it

  • Sar B-child

    This list deserves a spot in the rock in roll hall of fame! love it. especially Home Invasion. 99 problems.

    • Shad Reed

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. It was a lot of fun to write too.

  • Fuck boy killer

    You left out Illegal’s The Untold Truth…

  • Malik

    uh? i bump this ish on the regular…what do you mean forgotten? what else is there for a 70’s baby like me to bump if not late 80’s, early 90’s, mid 90’s through to late 90’s hip-hop…

    in fact i only just listen to the complete tape of ‘the conscious daughters – ear to the street’ this whole week in my whip…plus that cali cat called domino (ghetto jam, sweet potatoe pie)

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  • Tommy Kreed

    When I think about 93… The first thing I think about it is, 2pac Strictly For My Nggz and Ice Cube Lethal Injection.

    • John Q. Public

      I just listened to Lethal Injection straight thru last night after I saw this article and it reminded me about it… Such a dope album. I have to say Doggystyle is the best 1 from 93 tho

      • TRE

        I’d have to say the best album from ’93 is a toss up between 36 Chambers & Doggystyle

  • TROUBLESOME

    Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. needs to be on list IMO

  • “How you get a record deal” and “Tha Liks” was my shizzle back in those GOLDEN days. I used to stay up til 1am on saturday nights to watch “Pump it up” (no cable). The videos on there was ALWAYS dope… This article most definitely took me back to a HAPPIER time in life. PROPS to “Shad Reed”.

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    • Shad Reed

      Appreciate the support man!

  • Embassy

    I guess it’s not a rap album but Janet came out with janet in 93.

  • Shaun

    Where’s “Bacdafucup” by Onyx? That album was awesome!

  • JondoE303

    All great cd’s and I agree that onyx should have been on the list

  • 84stickupkid

    x

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  • Schooly B

    Long Live The Kane!!!

  • Nurani Reed

    Don’t forget Comptons most wanted first album, Ice cube Amerikkkas most wanted,Scarface money and the power,Digital Underground sex packets,RBL posse 1st album, poor righteous teachers funky intelect,

  • shaolin kid

    Black Moon – Enta da Stage

  • scullyson

    Nah ….90’s was nice as well Lord Finesse & Funky Technician was that ish..

    • Carlos

      thats still my joint. mad brothas know his name

  • hoeyuno

    Nine triza!! Cypress hills black Sunday came out that year also..that shit was ill.

  • Mfkn Rmx

    This list is spot on. I’d swap out Mac Mall for Threat – Sickinnahead though. Otherwise all of this shit was in rotation back in the Nine Tray.

  • Immortal

    Mr. Reid, if you’re work is like this all the time, you need to write in (or for) all the sections and set it straight. Been off for awhile. Good list bruh

    • Shad Reed

      Thanks for the kind words about this list.

  • Carlos

    I gotta say, this is the best article i have read here in a while. we need more “hip hop” articles like this.

    • Shad Reed

      Thank you. Your positive feedback is very much appreciated!

  • TruthHurts

    who says these are forgotten? I have 4 of them on my iPod

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