Showbiz and AG - Runaway Slave
Big L’s first rap appearance is hardly the takeaway from this stunning debut LP from Show and AG. This record just doesn’t get old. The drums smack in your head so hard that they’re practically leaking back out of your ears by the end of every track. ’92 was a definitive year for the DITC crew: First the Soul Clap EP dropped, showcasing equal parts Show’s production skills and AG’s rhyming prowess.
Then Finesse dropped the stupid “Yes You May” remix with Big L (Stretch and Bobbito must have fit that beat into every single show they did), and September 22nd saw both Stunts, Blunts and Hip-Hop and Runaway Slave forever change the rap landscape. Andre was killing it (though he was criminally underrated), but Diamond and Showbiz laid the foundation for digging in the crates that became the blueprint for East Coast boom bap production. If I could choose one album from this list to throw on Spotify, it’d be this one.