23 Hip-Hop Albums Turning 25 This Year

With classic albums from the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and others, 1989 was one of the most important years of hip-hop’s golden era.

1. Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

2. Big Daddy Kane, It’s A Big Daddy Thing

3. Biz Markie, The Biz Never Sleeps

4. Boogie Down Productions, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

5. The D.O.C., No One Can Do It Better

6. De La Soul, 3 Feet High And Rising

7. EPMD, Unfinished Business

8. Gang Starr, No More Mr. Nice Guy

9. Ghetto Boys, Grip It! On That Other Level

10. Heavy D. & The Boyz, Big Tyme

11. Ice-T, The Iceberg/Freedom Of Speech… Just Watch What You Say!

12. Jungle Brothers, Done By The Forces Of Nature

13. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, Road To The Riches

14. Kwame, The Boy Genius

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15. L.L. Cool J, Walking With A Panther

16. MC Lyte, Eyes On This

17. Nice & Smooth, Nice & Smooth

18. Queen Latifah, All Hail The Queen

19. Special Ed, Youngest In Charge

20. Three Times Dope, Original Stylin’

21. Young MC, Stone Cold Rhymin’

22. 2 Live Crew, As Nasty As They Wanna Be

23. 3rd Bass, The Cactus Album

24. BONUS: Public Enemy, “Fight The Power”

Subsequently included on Public Enemy’s Fear Or A Black Planet in 1990, “Fight The Power” was first featured on the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing in 1989.

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