Best Hip-Hop Albums That Turn 30 in 2023

Best Hip-Hop Albums That Turn 30 in 2023

Albums from Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang and Queen Latifah in 1993 made it a special year in hip-hop.

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Wu-Tang Clan arguably had the best hip-hop record of the year with their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan arguably had the best hip-hop record of the year with their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
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We already laid out some of the best hip-hop songs of 1993, so why not mention the best albums? The year was filled with talented upstarts and savvy veterans who were masters with their pens.

Here are the best hip-hop albums of 1993, which one is your favorite?

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Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Wu-Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck (Official Video)

Arguably the greatest rap group of all time got their career started with one of the greatest albums of all time. Although we all know them now, it was hard to decipher which rapper was who on each record, which made for one of the most interesting and enjoyable listens at the time.

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A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

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It’s crazy that two of the greatest hip-hop groups dropped classic records in the same year. Midnight Marauders is one of the most enjoyable albums ever with arguably the best album cover.

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Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

Snoop Dogg - Who Am I (What’s My Name)?

Because of how he showed out on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Snoop’s debut project was one of the most anticipated albums , and he delivered, countless classic songs including “Murder Was the Case,” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)? and “Ain’t No Fun.”

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2pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

2pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

2Pac - I Get Around

This is the album that put 2pac on the map. His second studio album was filled with party hits and emotional deep cuts that would define the MC for the rest of his career.

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De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State

De La Soul - Buhloone Mind State

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One of the most underrated groups dropped possibly their most underrated album in 1993. Although not as popular as their other work, it’s just as good.

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Queen Latifah - Black Reign

Queen Latifah - Black Reign

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Queen Latifah was rapping her ass off on this album. She doesn’t nearly get enough credit for how dope she was as a lyricist. This album just has dope rhymes up and down, highlighted by her hit track, “U.N.I.T.Y.

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Ice Cube - Lethal Interjection

Ice Cube - Lethal Interjection

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Unfortunately, Lethal Interjection was Ice Cube’s last classic album (the War & Piece albums don’t quite hold up). But, his fourth album still matched the quality of his previous three, which are certified classics.

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The Roots - Organix

The Roots - Organix

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This is where The Roots set the standard for hip-hop bands. On their debut album, you could see all the signs that they would do something great in the future, which they obviously did.

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KRS One - Return Of The Boom Bap

KRS One - Return Of The Boom Bap

KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap

This is KRS’ first album without the help of Boogie Down Productions. KRS-One’s thought-provoking and socially conscious bars hit the hardest in this classic record and included doe records such as “Sound of da Police” and “Return of the Boom Bap.”

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Souls Of Mischief - 93 ‘Til Infinity

Souls Of Mischief - 93 ‘Til Infinity

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This underrated Oakland rap group dropped an album filled with some of the best bars of the time. Highlighted by the title track, this album still bumps now.

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Cypress Hill - Black Sunday

Cypress Hill - Black Sunday

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Cypress Hill was releasing music well before 1993, but this is the album that introduced them to a more widespread audience, thanks to the success of the smash record, “Insane In The Brain.”

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Naughty By Nature - 19 Naugty III

Naughty By Nature - 19 Naugty III

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Not their best album, but still a solid effort that displays their upbeat and unique style of rapping. “Hip Hop Hooray” is the perfect record if you want to express your love of rap.

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Onyx - Bacdafucup

Onyx - Bacdafucup

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This album ain’t for everybody. If sometimes you just want to scream at someone this is for you. Onyx in your face lyrics, delivery, and music videos was only a preview of what Hip-hop would turn into.

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Geto Boys - Till Death Do Us Part

Geto Boys - Till Death Do Us Part

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This album saw a shuffling of the group, as Big Mike replaced longtime member Willie D. It takes used to hearing someone new compared to their older work, but it’s still a southern classic, especially for hip-hop fans in Houston.

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Scarface - The World Is Yours

Scarface - The World Is Yours

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Speaking of Geto Boys, Scarface was their most recognizable and talented member. His second studio album is solid in his impressive discography. Although it’s not as good as his third and best album, The Diary, it’s still worth a listen if you haven’t heard it before.

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