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Artist NameAlbum TitleRelease DateLocaleRecord Company
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Kurtis BlowChristmas Rappin’ 12”1979The Bronx, NYMercury
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The Sugar Hill GangRapper’s Delight 12”1979Englewood, NJSugar Hill
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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The Message10/?/1982The Bronx, NYSugar Hill
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The Cold Crush BrothersFresh, Wild, Fly And Bold1984The Bronx, NYTuff City
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Run-D.M.C.Run-D.M.C.3/27/1984Queens, NYProfile, Arista
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WhodiniEscape10/17/1984Brooklyn, NYJive, Arista
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Mantronix Mantronix: The Album1985New York, NYSleeping Bag
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LL Cool JRadio11/18/1985Queens, NYDef Jam, Columbia
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Schooly DSaturday Night! The Album1986Philadelphia, PASchooly D, Jive
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Run-D.M.C.Raising Hell5/15/1986Queens, NYProfile, Arista
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Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill11/15/1986NYC, NYDef Jam, Columbia
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Afrika Bambaata & The Zulu NationPlanet Rock: The Album12/1/1986The Bronx, NYTommy Boy, Warner Bros
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Boogie Down ProductionsCrimincal Minded3/3/1987The Bronx, NYB-Boy Records
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Public EnemyYo! Bum Rush The Show4/1/1987HempsteadDef Jam, Columbia
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Eric B. & RakimPaid in Full7/7/1987Long Island, NY4th & B'way, Island
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Heavy D & The Boyz Living Large...10/251987Mount Vernon, NYUptown Records
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Salt n PepaHot, Cool & Vicious12/8/1987Queens, NYNext Plateau Records
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Biz Markie Goin Off2/23/1988Long Island, NYCold Chillin', Warner Bros
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DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper4/5/1988Philadelphia, PAJive, RCA
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EPMDStrictly Business6/7/1988Brentwood, NJFresh, Sleeping Bag, Priority, EMI
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Big Daddy Kane Long Live The Kane6/21/1988
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY
Cold Chillin', Warner Bros
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Public Enemy
It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back
6/28/1988Long Island, NYDef Jam, Columbia
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Marley Marl - In Control, Volume 1 - 1988
In Control, Volume 19/11/1988Queens, NYCold Chillin', Warner Bros
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MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock9/13/1988Brooklyn, NYFirst Priority Music, Atlantic
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Ultramagnetic MCsCritical Beatdown10/4/1988The Bronx, NYNext Plateau
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Slick Rick
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
11/1/1988The Bronx, NYDef Jam, Columbia, CBS
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Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen11/1/1988Newark, NJTommy Boy
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Jungle Brothers Straight Out The Jungle11/8/1988NYC, NYIdlers, Warlock Records
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De La Soul3 Feet High and Rising3/3/1989Long Island, NYTommy Boy, Warner Bros
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Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Road to the Ritches3/14/1989Queens, NYcold Chillin', Warner Bros
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Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique7/25/1989NYC, NYCapitol
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Public Enemy Fear of A Black Planet4/10/1990Long Island, NY
Def Jam, Columbia
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X-Clan To The East, Blackwards4/24/1990Brooklyn, NY4th & B'way, Island
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LL Cool JMamma Said Knock You Out8/27/1990Queens, NYDef Jam, Columbia, CBS
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Brand Nubian One For All 12/4/1990New Rochelle, NYElektra
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Gang StarrStep In The Arena1/15/1991Brooklyn, NYChrysalis,EMI Records
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De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead5/13/1991Long Island, NY
Tommy Boy,Warner Bros. Records
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A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory9/24/1991Queens, NYJive, RCA Records
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Lord Finesse Return of the Funky Man2/11/1992Bronx, NYGiant, Reprise
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Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother7/9/1992
Mount Vernon, NY
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Redman Whut? The Album9/22/1992Newark, NJDef Jam
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Diamond D Stunts Blunts & Hip Hop9/22/1992Bronx, NY
Chemistry, Mercury, PolyGram Records
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Black Moon Enta Da Stage10/19/1993Brooklyn, NYNervous
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Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
11/9/1993Staten Island, NYLoud
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A Tribe Called QuestMidnight Marauders11/9/1993Queens, NYJive, BMG
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NasIllmatic4/19/1994Queens, NYColumbia
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The Notorious B.I.G.Ready to Die9/13/1994Brooklyn, NYBad Boy
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Smif - N - Wessun Dah Shinin'1/10/1995Brooklyn, NYWreck
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Big L
Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
3/28/1995Harlem, NYColumbia
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Mobb DeepThe Infamous4/25/1995Queens, NYLoud, RCA, BMG
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Naughty by Nature Poverty's Paradise5/2/1995East Orange, NJTommy Boy
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GZA/GeniusLiquid Swords11/7/1995Brooklyn, NYGeffen, MCA
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The Fugees The Score2/13/1996South Orange, NJRuffhouse, Columbia
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Dr. OctagonDr. Octagonecologyst5/6/1996Bronx, NYDreamWorks, Geffen, MCA Records
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Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt6/25/1996Brooklyn, NYRoc-A-Fella, Priority
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Nas It Was Written7/2/1996Queens, NYColumbia
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RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx...8/1/1995Staten Island, NYLoud, RCA
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The RootsIlladelph Halflife9/24/1996Philadelphia, PADGC
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Ghostface Killah Ironman10/29/1996Staten Island, NYRazor Sharp, Epic Street, Sony
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Lil Kim Hard Core11/12/1996
Bedford Stuyvestant, Brooklyn
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Redman Muddy Waters12/10/1996Newark, NJDef Jam
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Company Flow Funcrusher Plus7/22/1997Brooklyn, NYDefinitive Jux, Rawkus, Priority
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Ma$eHarlem World10/28/1997Harlem World NYBad Boy
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Big PunisherCapital Punishment4/28/1998The Bronx, NYTerror Squad, Loud
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DMX It's Dark And Hell Is Hot5/12/1998Yonkers, NYRuff Ryders, Def Jam
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Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill8/25/1998East Orange, NJRuffhouse, Colombia
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Black Star
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
8/25/1998Brooklyn, NYRawkus, Priority
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DMX
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
12/22/1998Yonkers, NYRuff Ryders, Def Jam
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Mos DefBlack on Both Sides10/12/1999Brooklyn, NYRawkus, Priority
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Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele1/25/2000Staten Island, NYEpic
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CormegaThe Realness7/24/2001Queens, NYLegal Hustle
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Jay-ZThe Blueprint9/11/2001Brooklyn, NYRoc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin2/6/2003Jamacia, Queens, NYShady, Aftermath, Interscope
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Jay-ZThe Black Album11/14/2003Brooklyn, NYRoc-A-Fella, Def Jam
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MadvillainMadvillainy3/23/2004Long Island, NYStones Throw
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Cam’ronPurple Haze12/7/2004Harlem, NYRoc-A-Fella, Diplomat, Def Jam
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