USA Today has published a list of the Top 25 Music Moments of the Last 25 Years with a couple of hip-hop moments making the list. At #15, Eminem makes the list for his debut album The Slim Shady LP.
“WithThe Slim Shady LP, rap’s most successful, skillful and controversial player burst forth, thrilling young fans while horrifying conservative sensibilities with outrageous and violent rapid-fire rhymes,” wrote the paper’s Edna Gunderson. “Denounced for misogyny and homophobia, he was also hailed as hip-hop’s clown prince and poet laureate.”
At #12, is “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five.
“Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s landmark anthem, the first significant rap tune to focus on inner-city turmoil, established the budding hip-hop genre as a vital vehicle for both musical creativity and social commentary,” Gunderson wrote.
The highest hip-hop related moment on the list is the release of NWA’s debut album “Straight Outta Compton” at #4.
” Gangsta rap exploded in violent, explicit street stories, including widely banned F— Tha Police, fueling hip-hop’s mainstream popularity and intensifying censorship debates and a culture war,” Gunderson wrote.
Napster’s onslaught of downloading made the #1 spot, but you can check out the list yourself at