I’ve designated The Golden Era of Hip Hop 1983 – 1988 a 5 year span, thought process is every year a good album or song came out cannot be the Golden Era
and that in changes and shifts in the Hip Hop content so should the era
Golden Era – Gold Chains and Sneakers
Silver Era – Fitteds and African Medallions
Bronze – Mafioso, Champagne, Drugs, etc.
With all that being said in my opinion The Golden Era’s best was the end 1988 … I consider this to be THE BEST YEAR IN HIP HOP MUSIC
The number of classic albums and singles released in 1988 is staggering; I’m going out on a limb to say there is no year that is comparable song for song album for album to ’88
(Feel free to dispute in the comments)
How can I make such a claim? Let’s go through the year … through the list, let me show you…
Where’s the Party At?
People sleep on this group; they were basically DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince … with a little more edge.
Like Jeff and Prince were DC and Money and Marvelous were Marvel unfortunately at the time there was only room for one Philly group in that lane
I can’t say that the album was a classic but it had a few singles that were dope “Play it cool” and “Find an Ugly woman”
Just the beginning of the greatest year of #HipHop
Life Is… Too Short – Too $hort
Too $hort had about 12,478 tapes out by the time 1988 rolled around, Born to Mack got him worldwide appeal and the follow up to that “Life is …” kept his momentum going with the title track and
What More Can I Say? – Audio Two
All you really need is “Top Billin” to lock down this whole month! This slept on album had a few gems on it “The Questions”, “I don’t care”, and “Giz Starts Buggin”
Personally I still bang “Hickey’s on my neck” and “I like cherries” Milk and Giz were never able to capture the fire from this album but it’s a classic.
The debut album from The Diabolical Biz Markie, this album has standouts
Nobody beats the Biz, Goin Off, Make The Music, Nobody beats the Biz, and of course The Vapors … the Juice Crew production was second to none as well
Biz and TJ swan dropped hits on this one