First of all, thanks to Mike Dikk of Dumpin.Net for providing me with the inspiration for this post. For those of you who have been missing out on “Dumpin.Net’s” take on the “Top 100″ singles of all time, Mike & his co-horts recently evaluated Leaders Of The New School’s “Case Of The P.T.A.” as their #48 track of all time and it brought back crazy memories for that time period in Hip Hop(BTW, do yourself a favor and check these cats out, I know I’ve said it before but….as Ben Stiller would say “Do It, Do It, Do It” and drop em’ a nice comment or two!).
If you pose the question “What was the best year in Hip Hop?”, the answer more often than not will always be “1994″. Whoooaaaaa!!!, “Hoooooold up…wait a minute!” I’d have to argue, I’ve always felt that 1991 was the year that changed the face of Hip Hop forever and it is also the year that I really began to fall deeply in love with the music. Prior to 91′ I had been restricted to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper”, Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions..” and EPMD “Unfinished Business”….let’s just say that I’d broadened my listening when I realized that I could purchase albums that had the “Parental Advisory” sticker even though I wasn’t of age (what a dumbass!). Undoubtedly, 94′ was a pinnacle year for Hip Hop as well, but there were countless debuts in 1991 that introduced us to a few monumental classics along with a few debuts that have received more than than their due share of “fanfare” and have become cornerstones in Hip Hop as years have passed.
Where shall I begin? Well, for starters we have A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory”, which not only topped their classic (not in my opinion)”People’s Instinctive…..you know the rest” but would later go on to be quite possibly the most cohesive album in more than a few critics’ eyes’. Another release that has been hoisted to “classic” status is De La Soul’s complete “restructuring” “De La Soul Is Dead”. As far as debuts are concerned, the lists is pretty amazing if you think about it. Acts such as Main Source, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature, Black Sheep, Orgainized Konfusion, The UMC’s, Leaders Of The New School….ahhhh!!!! (deep breath)…..Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs, 2Pac, K.M.D.,…(tired yet?)…Del and also AMG blessed the listener with phenomenal rookie efforts. As much as I would’ve liked to post my favorite album of 1991 (GangStarr’s “Step In The Arena”…check the archives), I’m more than pleased to start you off with a little appetizer.
I’m also regretful that I can’t post a little bit more in detail about each album, but I’m kinda’ short on time tonite and it woulda’ bugged me all nite if I didn’t post up anything at all (BTW, how the hell does that happen? I’ve heard more than a few bloggers express that same feeling). Plus to top the day off, while running to Wally’s World (Wal-Mart stupid!) I was pulled over by “5-Ohhhh” for the tint on my windows…hmmm, I guess that there’s not enough sh*t going on in Little Rock, AR that they have to hit me up for something like that!!! God, I’m hella’ pissed…but what is really crazy…no lie….”Guess what was playing in the deck as I was being pulled over?” Jay’s “99 Problems”!!!…I guess that kinda’ sheds a little light on the situation!…-Eric