20 Years Later: The Most Influential Albums of 1994

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  • Bandy, Notorious B.I.G., Nas
  • Nas, Stillmatic
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die
  • Scarface, The Diary
  • TLC, Crazy Sexy Cool
  •  Aaliyah, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number
  • Da Brat, Funkdafied
  • Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  • Brandy
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Creepin on ah Come up
  • M.O.P.
  • Boyz II Men, II
  • Method Man, Tical
  • Heavy D & The Boyz
  • Underground Kingz, Super Tight
  • Common,Resurrection
  • Mary J. Blige, My Life
  • Warren G, Regulate...G Funk Era
  • Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
  • Immature, Play Time is Over
  • Blackstreet

Standing the Test of Time

The '90s was a game-changing era for music with respect to hip hop and R&B. Artists in both genres pushed and prodded at their respective boundaries, transcending generational and demographical gaps, making hip hop palatable to the mainstream and redefining the rhythms and blues of Black communities.

In honor of June being Black Music Month, BET.com takes a nostalgic trip to the past — 1994 to be exact — to reminisce on the top 20 most influential albums from 20 years ago. Read on to see which albums made our list. — Dominique Zonyeé (@DominiqueZonyee)

(Photos from left: Columbia Records, Bad Boy, Atlantic)

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