Oh, 1999. In one yr, hip-hop handled the homicide of Harlem's Big L, Shyne took the autumn for the notorious Club New York taking pictures and Ma$e shocked everybody when he determined to retire (for the primary time). Alas, the final yr of rap's golden decade was a spotlight for many: Lauryn Hill broke information when she took house 5 Grammys for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne started his affluent solo profession and Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man and Redman launched into a 52-city tour—nonetheless one of many hip-hop's greatest excursions ever.
The albums launched in 1999 are simply as monumental because the yr itself. Burgeoning underground acts like MF Doom and Tech N9ne each dropped their studio debuts, marking the start of two beloved careers. Meanwhile, Mos Def, Q-Tip and Project Pat, who had already made a reputation for themselves within the early 90's, dropped their influential solo initiatives, Black on Both Sides, Amplified and Ghetty Green, respectively. All three albums proved the artists might maintain their very own with out the assist of their established teams.
That similar yr, Eminem did historic numbers along with his main label debut, The Slim Shady LP. Marshall's jaw-dropping 16's and comical punchlines propelled him to platinum standing simply 10 days after the discharge. The album notably entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and offered 283,000 copies its first week.
1999 was additionally the yr of compilation albums from New York City's greatest labels. Terror Squad, Violator and Ruff Ryders all dropped the primary of many initiatives that showcase their rosters' abilities. The latter collective's Ryde Or Die, Vol. 1 options tracks with The Lox, Drag-On and Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve. "Ryde or Die," "Kiss of Death" and Jay-Z's "Jigga" helped push it from No. 53 to No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the place it spent two weeks within the high slot.
The final yr earlier than the brand new millennium additionally launched music listeners to Ludacris, who launched his impartial debut, Incognegro, in summer time 1999. Luda's raunchiness on "Ho" and "What's Your Fantasy" with Shawnna served as a slingshot to his illustrious 20-year-long profession, with the latter peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Missy Elliott, Mobb Deep, Memphis Bleek and Handsome Boy Modeling School are among the many rappers whose LPs are nonetheless being streamed 20 years later. Take a glance again at the very best hip-hop albums to drop in 1999.