Best Year, Ever!
1998 was one of hip-hop’s most successful and impactful years. Still reeling from the passing of Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, rap music turned tragedy to triumph as evidenced by DMX’s explosive launch, JAY-Z’s breakthrough blockbuster album, Lauryn Hill’s emotive opus, and the powerful business acumen of Master P. But these weren’t the only stars to shine and we can prove it. Here are 100 tunes that truly showcase the everlasting sonic power of our culture.