These 1990s Hip-Hop Albums Reach Round 2, With Two Battles Left To Be Decided
Beginning in September, Ambrosia For Heads returned to “Finding The GOAT,” our annual voting series that polls readers and fans to determine the Greatest Of All-Time. Following 2014-2015’s quest to use votes to determine the GOAT MC, we are asking readers to determine the greatest of all-time Hip-Hop album.
“Finding The GOAT Album” considers 120 albums from three individual eras (40 in each), with options for wild card and write-in candidates. Today (November 22), AFH completed the first round from the 1990s, and you determined the winners, so far. However, two battles remain, with just a 1% margin between contenders.
The two remaining battles each involve former N.W.A members, taking on major players in the East Coast Underground Hip-Hop movement. There is Ice Cube’s solo debut, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted squaring up against Mos Def’s own solo debut, Black On Both Sides. These are two iconic albums that book-end the 1990s decade with very different commentaries on what it meant to be Black in America. Both attached to Priority Records, these plaque-carrying efforts may have more in common than Heads may immediately think (Click on one then click “vote”).
The other remaining battle is between Dr. Dre’s sophomore solo, 2001, and Pete Rock & C.L.’s Mecca & The Soul Brother full-length debut. Each album is backed by Hip-Hop super-producers, with rhymes that are still memorized, quoted, and heard at parties every night today. One album is a multi-platinum juggernaut, while the other has no plaque at all. It’s all about skills in this last hour decision (Click on one then click “vote”).
Polls will close for both matches at 11:59pm on Wednesday November 25.
Here are the 18 (with the two additional winners joining) 1990s Hip-Hop albums going to Round 2, as voted by the readers:
Stay tuned, as tomorrow (November 30) kicks off Round 2 of the 90s bracket and this will-be set of 20 1990s Hip-Hop great albums will be whittled to 10.