What it do mayne? I had to give yall five albums that shaped my love for rap and hip-hop. These albums are not the only albums that I listened to during this time frame but these albums are the ones that helped me understand where my ear was going. I am an 80’s baby and there are many albums that I enjoy. These five may or may not be classics but they had an everlasting effect on me. What were your five? Peep the picture and enjoy. #SWBY
1. SNOOP DOGGY DOGG-DOGGYSTYLE
Release Date: November 23, 1993
Favorite Jams: Aint No Fun, Doggy Dogg World, Lodi Dodi
Fun fact: I bought the cassette tape along with Too Short’s “Cocktails” album from Columbia House’s “Buy 20 Cassettes for 1 cent” deal(laughs). I was about 11 years old when I purchased them and my parents took them from me a week after I received them because of the cursing and content. But I stole them back and would sneak and listen to them every day after school.
2. TOO SHORT- COCKTAILS
Release Date: January 24, 1995
Favorite Jams: Aint Nothing Like Pimpin, Cocktales, Don’t Fuck For Free
Fun Fact: My momma caught me rapping Cocktales and slapped me. It still hurts to this day but i still jammed it.
3. CRUCIAL CONFLICT- THE FINAL TIC
Release Date: July 9, 1996
Favorite Jams: Life Aint the Same, Ride the Rodeo, To the Left
Fun Fact: Being that I am from Chicago this album was everything to me. When Hay hit the radio, I was excited that somebody from our side of town had made it big at the time. This album is an instant Chi-Town classic if you ask me.
4. DO OR DIE- PICTURE THIS
Release Date: September 3, 1996
Favorite Jams: Po Pimp, Paperchase, Playa like Me and You
Fun Fact: This album made me realize I would love slab music before I even knew what it really was. Even though I have always been intrigued by the gang culture of the city(seeing it first hand was scary and somewhat interesting at the same time) this music was far more relaxing from that.
5. UGK- RIDIN’ DIRTY
Release Date: July 30, 1996
Favorite Jams: Murder, Pinky Ring, 3 in the Morning
Fun Fact: My playa potna Lenard introduced me to one of the greatest duos out the South soon as I moved to Grambling in 1996. This album is embedded in my Legacy. True soundtrack to my life. It changed the way I viewed music forever. It made me a believer of the Southern culture having ignored where I was from for many years.