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"The Chronic is still the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. It's the benchmark you measure your album against if you're serious."

Kanye West to Rolling Stone (2005)

Got those? Get these.

MF Doom and Madlib's collaboration is an underground masterpiece. The amount of creativity in the flow and rhyme schemes inside these brief yet dense tracks is really something to behold.

Dig across America

Hip-Hop has always featured considerable sonic variety based on location. The sound and attitude of each coast was part of a huge cultural phenomenon in the 90s with the East vs. West coast battles between the Bad Boy and Death Row labels. The raw sound of the East Coast is different than that of the more funky West, which is also distinct from the sounds of the soul-soaked Midwest and the deep bass rattle of the South.

East Coast

West Coast

South and Midwest

Kanye's debut chopped up gospel and soul tracks and laid them underneath his versatile, sometimes borderline absurdist rhymes, and set the standard for mainstream hip-hop production for years to come.

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