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20 Rap Records For The Beginner's Collection

By Michael Henningsen

SEPTEMBER 15, 1997: 

Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of ... (Chrysalis)
Basehead Play With Toys (Imago)
Beastie Boys License to Ill (Def Jam)
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique (Capitol)
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (B Boy)
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
Digable Planets Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (Pendulum)
Dr. Dre The Chronic (Interscope)
EPMD Strictly Business (Priority)
Eric B. and Rakim Paid in Full (4th & Broadway)
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority)
Ice Cube Death Certificate (Priority)
Ice T The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech ... Just Watch What You Say (Sire/Warner Bros.)
L.L. Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam/Columbia)
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless/Priority)
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (Profile)
Schooly D Saturday Night--The Album (Jive/RCA)
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Loud/RCA)

--compiled by Michael Henningsen

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