The Hip-Hop Album To Beat

With Biz Markie and Common.

Treading Water In The Space Age

Dirty South rap duo's fifth album is more of the same with fewer highlights.

Not All It's Cracked Up To Be ...

With an appearance by Chris Rock.

Brave And Crazeë

The warriors in the turntablist revolution score another victory.

That's 'Des Moines,' Not 'Detroit'

Yawn-inspiring lyrics over barely passable beats from big names rapping like fictional Iowa 'Whiteboys.'

Breaking Out Of The Beatbox

Features appearances by Q-Tip, Slick Rick and Erykah Badu.

Tales From The Crypt

Features a new version of the oft-bootlegged "Old Friends 4 Sale."

Death By Rap

Eightball, Raekwon and Nas guest.

Endless Summer

Highlights include new tracks from Beck, Lisa Loeb and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Layered And Lacquered

Features appearances by Missy Elliott and Next.

Singing In The Reign

Orlando, Florida's teen-pop machine spews forth more foot soldiers in its global-domination strategy.

Like Hip-Hop Never Happened

R&B crooners' smooth second album skips over genre trends that incorporate hip-hop beats.

Fantastic Voyage Through Urban Radio

Derivative, but good derivative.

All Hat, No Cattle

Featuring a Dr. Dre/Eminem collaboration.

The Ruler Is Back

Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Dave Matthews guest.

Roots, A Tribe Called Quest Rappers Out On Their Own

Rahzel, Phife showcase solo material during double bill.

All Killer, No Filler

Heavy D's latest is an excellent 45-minute sampler of the 1999 sounds of hip-hop.

The Loneliness of the Long-Winded Rapper

Blackstreet and Funkmaster Flex guest.

Old Kid, New Tricks, Same Story

With Timbaland and Babyface, former New Kid on the Block picks up where he left off with New Edition.

MC Solaar Comes Alive!

French rapper's double-live album could be hip-hop's answer to career-making live sets from Kiss, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick.

The Donnas Play Skintight Set At Record-Release Bash

All-female punk-pop quartet brings three-chord songs to plush surroundings for launch of new LP and tour.

From Rah-Rah To Blah-Blah

Snoop Dogg and Ol' Dirty Bastard guest.