Year two of the pandemic felt unsettled, with a dearth of vital artists to dictate the culture. Despite it all, good rap music still exists.
Of all the years when rap music grew into a global movement – the golden age years – 1991 may be the most difficult to summarize.
The first full year of recorded rap music was marked by novelty 12-inches, rapping deejays, and one 1979 smash that overshadowed them all.
The 100 best rap singles of 1990 found the hip-hop nation reckoning with an audience that may have not fully appreciated Black culture.