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Forgotten era of hip hop

the year is 1997. Aqua is dominating the pop charts, the Spice Girls make their debut, but it was hip hop that was poised to completely take over the public conscience, kicking off what is imo the most underrated era from between 1997-2001. list is favs from that era (+ some rnb)
1The Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death


1997
the death of 2pac the previous year rattled the hip hop community and seemed to take west coast hip hop with it. g-funk was completely out of style by this point and would seemingly leave one Notorious B.I.G. with a clear path to the throne. even his untimely death later that year couldn't stop this album and its singles from dominating the charts
2Puff Daddy
No Way Out


1997
that is until Puffy came through with this pop rap juggernaut and went 7x platinum, ushering in a new era of floss raps and shiny suits. the east coast was back on top
3Mase
Harlem World


1997
Bad Boy had that year completely on lock
4Jay-Z
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1


1997
it even prompted Jay-Z to ditch his underground sound and enlist Puffy to produce on his album
5Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Forever


1997
the Wu dropped their sophomore album that year and had some classic hits like Triumph
6LL Cool J
Phenomenon


1997
4,3,2,1 introduced the world to a young DMX and featured a high profile beef between LL and Canibus
7Missy Elliott
Supa Dupa Fly


1997
great debut with sick production by Timbaland that broke all kinds of records going 6x platinum
8Three 6 Mafia
Chapter 2: World Domination


1997
9Master P
Ghetto D


1997
Master P would establish No Limit as the hottest new label and was churning out records like crazy
10Suga Free
Street Gospel


1997
the west coast had a couple of understated but dope records
11Hieroglyphics
3rd Eye Vision


1997
12Xzibit
40 Dayz & 40 Nightz


1997
13DMX
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot


1998
the most underrated year in hip hop. DMX's classic debut rocked the industry, presenting an alternative to the slick shiny suit stuff being pushed by bad boy
14Gang Starr
Moment of Truth


1998
classic that epitomizes the east coast sound of that era
15Big Pun
Capital Punishment


1998
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16Fat Joe
Don Cartagena


1998
17Cam'ron
Confessions Of Fire


1998
18AZ
Pieces of a Man


1998
19Jay-Z
Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life


1998
Jay cemented himself as top dog with this record
20Method Man and Redman
Blackout!


1998
21Noreaga
N.O.R.E.


1998
22DJ Clue
The Professional


1998
23Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


1998
24Juvenile
400 Degreez


1998
1998 is also when the south started to bubble up towards the top of the pile where they would end up and stay in a few years, spearheaded by Cash Money and this superbly produced joint with classic hits such as Ha and Back That Azz Up
25Koopsta Knicca
Da Devil's Playground


1998
26OutKast
Aquemini


1998
27Silkk the Shocker
Charge It 2 Da Game


1998
28E-40
The Element of Surprise


1998
the west wasn't doing too bad either
29Vontel
Vision of a Dream


1998
one of my fav g-funk records, oddly coming out of Arizona, 2 years after the genre pretty much died
30Daz Dillinger
Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back


1998
31DJ Quik
Rhythm-al-ism


1998
32Paris
Unleashed


1998
33R. Kelly
R.


1998
34Montell Jordan
Get it On Tonite


1998
35Mobb Deep
Murda Muzik


1999
99 was an understated year for the east coast
36Ruff Ryders
Ryde Or Die Vol. I


1999
37Project Pat
Ghetty Green


1999
38DJ Screw
Chapter 10 - Southside Still Holdin'


1999
the south was still on the rise tho
39YoungbloodZ
Against Da Grain


1999
sounding like a proto-crunk Outkast. some nice production on this
40Hot Boys
Guerilla Warfare


1999
Cash Money still killing it
41B.G.
Chopper City in the Ghetto


1999
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42Clipse
Exclusive Audio Footage


1999
midwest duo started their career of spitting sick coke raps over Neptunes beats
43Dr. Dre
2001


1999
99 was the year Dre dropped this monster and for a second it looked like the west coast was back
44Eminem
The Slim Shady LP


1999
don't like Em past MMLP and what he stands for in hip hop today, but this is my shit
45Big L
The Big Picture


2000
if this had better production, it would be the crown jewel of the era
46Cam'ron
S.D.E.


2000
Cam ditched the radio friendly 'witty DMX' sound on his debut and just came with straight piff. notable for featuring an 18 year old Juelz Santana on "Double Up" and part 1 of the Losing Weight series featuring Prodigy
47Ghostface Killah
Supreme Clientele


2000
best Ghost
48Binary Star
Masters of the Universe


2000
underground classic
4950 Cent
Power of the Dollar


2000
50D.I.T.C.
D.I.T.C.


2000
51M.O.P.
Warriorz


2000
52Prodigy
H.N.I.C.


2000
53Ja Rule
Venni Vetti Vecci


2000
54Big Moe
City of Syrup


2000
S.U.C. classic
55Craig David
Born to Do It


2000
56Nas
STILLmatic


2001
Nas was back with a vengeance. that velour tracksuit on the cover + that pose is so 2001 lol. most notable for Ether, the goat diss track
57Jay-Z
The Blueprint


2001
classic that popularized the sped up soul sample and by extension Kanye West
58Masta Ace
Disposable Arts


2001
59Jadakiss
Kiss tha Game Goodbye


2001
60Cormega
The Realness


2001
61Eve
Scorpion


2001
62Ludacris
Word Of Mouf


2001
63UGK
Dirty Money


2001
64Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz
Put Yo Hood Up


2001
65Mary J. Blige
No More Drama


2001
66Aaliyah
Aaliyah


2001
67Fabolous
Ghetto Fabolous
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