Has there ever been a greater year for hip hop than 1994?

Debuts:

The Notorious B.I.G., "Juicy"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noTvdpAYeHE

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Nas, "The World is Yours"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYZ_RD--Lpg

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OutKast, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T0SorIk3n0

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Fugees, "Nappy Heads (remix) "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD_Enr3Ea1w

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Kurious, "Walk Like a Duck"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tmzwEp8cQ4

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Jeru the Damaja, "Come Clean"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B5dOCSBBEI

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*Wu-Tang Clan, "Protect Ya Neck"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GDPZpRmTg0

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We also got:

Common, "I Used to Love H.E.R."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y12YgEIFcAY

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The Roots, "Proceed"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPepJ43SqJY

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Da Youngstas, "Hip Hop Ride"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCB578HoF54

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*A Tribe Called Quest, "Award Tour"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iTfrmhDdFA

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(*Technically, this album dropped in late 1993 but got most of its play in 1994.)

Update:

Sorry, I should have pointed out that these are videos for singles that were on albums released in '94. "The World is Yours" is on Illmatic.

Update 2:

Thanks for pointing out Gang Starr, Scarface and OK. That's how good a year it was; I forgot them.

The reason I give the edge to 1994 is because at that point hip hop was at its zenith when you combine its artistic and commercial impact. There was a lot of quality hip hop put out in '88 but it was still a niche market. A lot more people were listening in 1999 but it was so watered down from an overall talent perspective that it's almost embarassing to call it the same thing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Possibly (that or '95)

    Classics released in '94 (sorry if I forget)

    Illmatic

    Ready to Die

    The Resurrection

    Tical

    Hard to Earn

    The Diary

    Stress: The Extinction Agenda

    Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

    The Sun Rises in the East

  • Straight Outta Plymouth aka The Artist Formerly Known As... had the same question basically. My answer is also '88

    It Takes a Nation of Millions

    Straight Outta Compton

    By All Means Necessary

    Strictly Business

    Critical Beatdown

    Long Live the Kane

    E-Z Duz It

    Follow the Leader

    Goin Off

    Lyte as a Rock

    Straight Out the Jungle

    He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper

    Source(s): Its '88 time to set it straight!
  • 4 years ago

    1996: Outkast - ATLiens 2Pac - All Eyez on Me 2Pac - Don Kiluminati - 7 Day Theory Fugees - The Score Nas - It Was Written Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt Eminem - Infinite A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes and Life De La Soul - Stakes is High The Roots - Illedelphia Halflife Ghostface Killah - Ironman Xzbit - At The Speed of Life Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst Then 1994 and 1988...

  • I agree it was a good year. But what about '87? Paid In Full and Criminal Minded dropped, plus Nation of Millions was recorded (although it didn't get it's release date till 88). Those are arguably 3 of the best hip hop albums in history.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    96 was pretty damn good too

    It was Written(beter than Illmatic imo)

    All Eyez On Me

    and Jay z, biggie, and a bunnch of others made hits

    But I guess you are right 94 was the best ever. You forgot Dont Fight the Feelin by Rappin 4-Tay and Dont give me no bammer weed by rbl posse. Atleast i think those were 94.

  • 1 decade ago

    Man... 1994 was the best year for like everything. Rap, R&B, Rock, Pop... u name it, they were spitting out memorable hits left and right that year.

  • 1 decade ago

    Def. by far best year. You kinda forgot the best rap cd ever made though. Illmatic by nas. Cant beat it

  • Damn, I was only 3 in '94

    But it does seem like that was quite a year, man I miss the 90's....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    imo, best year for Hip-Hop, with 88 just behind

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i think 88 was better than 94.....

    criminal minded

    three feet high

    follow the leader

    critical beatdown

    nation of millions

    great adventures of slick rick

    strictly business

    long live the kane

    straight out the jungle

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