An evocative picture of life in 90s New York City, The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, ‘Ready To Die’, introduced a vital voice in hip-hop.
A caustic burst of pop-rap, You Need Me, I Don’t Need You saw Ed Sheeran vent his frustrations to leap from the loop pedal to a record deal.
A breakthrough song that established Biggie Smalls as the greatest of all time, Juicy reveals why the MC was ripe for world domination.
Offering consolation when British males needed it the most, Dry Your Eyes found The Streets spearheading emotional vulnerability in hip-hop.
From pioneering grime cuts to unlikely emotive ballads, the best The Streets songs gave UK hip-hop the identity it had long been in search of.
The best Notorious B.I.G. songs threw down the gauntlet for all rappers to follow, while ensuring Biggie’s status as Brooklyn’s finest.
Damon Albarn’s cartoon collective scored a massive hit with their second album, ‘Demon Days’ – though its pop hooks hid a dark underbelly.
With his debut album, ‘Return Of The Mack’, Mark Morrison brought a UK swagger to the US-dominated hip-hop and R&B scenes.
In the wake of huge success, ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ found The Streets’ Mike Skinner tackling the corrosive effects of fame.
Combining unheard material with guest appearances, The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Duets: The Final Chapter’ was not a typical posthumous album.
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