PHOTOS: Most Memorable Album Covers In Black Music
1992 | Dr. Dre releases his solo debut, "The Chronic." With it's heavy emphasis on deep rolling bass and funk grooves--it takes hardcore gangsta rap into more accessible, radio-friendly territory and becomes the biggest rap album of the year behind the huge single, "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang." Dre's new sound--dubbed 'G-Funk'--reinvents the entire West Coast rap scene, and signals the beginning of a West Coast-dominated rap charts.
2Pac (born Tupac Shakur), aka Makaveli, American rapper & actor. He has sold 75M+ albums and is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His songs' themes are mostly about the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast–West Coast rivalry. His song Dear Mama was added into the Library of Congress and his album, All Eyez on Me, is one of the highest-selling rap albums of all time, eventually certified 9x…
Digable Planets, American alternative hip-hop trio composed of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira, & Craig "Doodlebug" Irving. The release or their debut album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) resulted in their classic single, Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), for which they won a Grammy Award. The album was listed in the The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums and the single as one of the 100 greatest songs in hip-hop music.