Album Anniversaries

Lil Kim’s ‘La Bella Mafia’ Turns 10
By the time Lil' Kim released her third album, she already had two successful LPs under her belt. 'Hard Core,' though it didn't break the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996, landed in the No. 11 spot -- the highest debut for a female rapper at that time. Meanwhile, the 2000 release of 'The No…
Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Album Turns 20
When Dr. Dre released his debut album, 'The Chronic,' in 1992, he just left N.W.A. due to a contractual dispute with Ruthless Records and founded Death Row Records with co-founder Suge Knight. The Compton native was determined to prove to himself and the world how great of a producer he re…
Nas’ ‘God’s Son’ Album Remembered 10 Years Later
In hip-hop, an artist's reputation can change in a flash. One minute, you're a hot young rapper from Queens, boasting talent so strong other emcees quiver in your wake; the next, you're fading into the backdrop, churning out so-so albums of uninspired verses and wondering what went wr…