This article summarises the events, album releases and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 1990.

Released albumsEdit


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
6 Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth Funky Technician Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records
12 MC Hammer Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em Capitol Records, EMI Records
22 Above the Law Livin' Like Hustlers Ruthless Records, Epic Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
5 Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. New Funky Nation 4th & B'way Records, Island Records, PolyGram Records
9 Various artists House Party: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Motown
13 Kid 'n Play Funhouse Select Records
19 Salt-n-Pepa Blacks' Magic Next Plateau Records, FFRR Records
20 Mark Dee All in a Day's Work MCA Records
26 Digital Underground Sex Packets Tommy Boy Records
27 Everlast Forever Everlasting Warner Bros. Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
10 Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Records
A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm Jive, RCA Records
11 MC Shan Play It Again, Shan Cold Chillin' Records, Warner Bros. Records
12 Silk Tymes Leather It Ain't Where Ya From...It's Where Ya At Geffen Records
17 Audio Two I Don't Care: The Album First Priority Music, Atlanta Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
15 Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Priority Records
X Clan To the East, Blackwards 4th & B'way Records, Island Records
22 K-Solo Tell the World My Name Atlantic Records
29 Poor Righteous Teachers Holy Intellect Profile Records, Arista Records
30 Antoinette Burnin' at 20 Below Next Plateau Entertainment


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
12 MC Trouble Gotta Get a Grip Motown
19 Compton's Most Wanted It's a Compton Thang Orpheus Records
Eric B. & Rakim Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em MCA Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
10 Intelligent Hoodlum Intelligent Hoodlum A&M Records
Kid Frost Hispanic Causing Panic Virgin Records
16 The Jaz To Your Soul EMI USA
24 D-Nice Call Me D-Nice Jive
Luke Banned in the U.S.A. Luke Records, Atlantic Records
Masta Ace Take a Look Around Cold Chillin' Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
25 The Afros Kickin' Afrolistics JMJ Records, Rush Associated Labels, Columbia Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
1 Choice The Big Payback Rap-A-Lot Records
7 Boogie Down Productions Edutainment Jive, RCA Records
CPO To Hell and Black Capitol Records
14 Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Wanted: Dead or Alive Cold Chillin' Records, Warner Bros. Records
N.W.A 100 Miles and Runnin' Ruthless Records, Priority Records
20 Poison Clan 2 Low Life Muthas Luke Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
4 Vanilla Ice To the Extreme SBK Records
11 Too $hort Short Dog's in the House Jive, Rca Records
18 LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out Def Jam Recordings


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
2 King Tee At Your Own Risk Capitol Records
Candyman Ain't No Shame in My Game Epic Records
11 Dana Dane Dana Dane 4 Ever Profile Records
15 Father MC Father's Day Uptown Records, MCA Records
16 Grand Daddy I.U. Smooth Assassin Cold Chillin' Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
30 Big Daddy Kane Taste of Chocolate Cold Chillin' Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
A Lighter Shade of Brown Brown & Proud Pump Records
Monie Love Down to Earth Eternal Records, Warner Bros. Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
20 Run-D.M.C. Back from Hell Profile Records
Salt-n-Pepa A Blitz of Salt-n-Pepa Hits Next Plateau Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
4 Brand Nubian One for All Elektra Records
Paris The Devil Made Me Do It Tommy Boy Records, Warner Bros. Records
11 Kid Rock Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast Jive
18 EPMD Business as Usual Def Jam Recordings, RAL Records, Columbia
Ice Cube Kill at Will Priority Records

Unknown dateEdit

Artist(s) Album Record label
2 Bigg MC He's King of the Hype! Crush Music
2 DAMN Strictly Soul dAT beAT Records
2 Deep Honey, That's Show Biz Cold Chillin' Records
2 Live Jews As Kosher as They Wanna Be Kosher Records
24K No Enemies Djax Records
415 41Fivin Big League Records, Inc.
America's Most Wanted Criminals Triad Records
Andrew E. Humanap Ka Ng Panget Viva Records
Aziatic Put Up or Shut Up Polaris Records
Balli & The Fat Daddy The Master Plan Miami Bass Records
Barsha Barsha's Explicit Lyrics Bumrush!
Bassmaster Khan & The Elements of Noise Bassenthrobulation Po Funky Blah
Bassmint Productions Bassmint Productions Bassmint Productions
Beatmaster Clay D. & Prince Rahiem Pullit All the Way Down Vision Records
Bigg Ocean Mobb IV-1-5 Wrangler Tuff RCA Records
Bizzie Boyz Droppin' It Yo! Records
Bobby Jimmy & The Critters Hip Hop Prankster Priority Records
Boy Wonder Imperio D Set to Set an Example Mai Tai Records
The Boys from the Bottom Boom I Got Your Girlfriend Time-X Records, Hot Productions
Brain Damage 6:AM Hot Records
Buffalo Soldiers Penny Crew La Poo
BZN Pleno Efecto Ariola
C.O.D. Cummin' Out Doggin' Radical Records
Cool C Life in the Ghetto Atlantic Records
Crew X Christmas Rap Music Silver Bells Music
Criminal Nation Release the Pressure Nastymix Records
D-Loc Split Personality Big League Records, Inc.
Dangerous Dame I Got What You Want Atlantic Records
DC Talk Nu Thang ForeFront Records
Def Squad Hard Hittin' Mr. Henry Records
Detroit's Most Wanted Tricks of the Trades Bryant Records
Disco Rick The Negro's Back JR Records
DJ Kool The Music Ain't Loud Enuff S.O.H. Distributors Network
DJ Magic Mike Bass Is the Name of the Game Cheetah Records
DNI Simplemente DNI Troya DSCS & RCRS
The Dogs The Dogs JR Records
The Egyptian Lover Get Into It Egyptian Empire Records
Einstein The Theory of Emcees Squared Music of Life
The Electric Beat Crew The Electric Beat Crew Zong
Euro-K Euro-K Profile Records
Farilla "G" The Games of Life Pushin' Wax Records
F1rst Star My Grip Is Like a Cobra Ichiban Records
Face Down Illegal Drugs Really Hurt Big Beat
G Love E Chillin' on the G Spot Chrysalis Records
Gangsta Bass Alliance Work Me Down (To da' Draws) Boomtown Records
Geto Boys The Geto Boys Def American, Warner Bros. Records
Gigolo Tony All You Need Hot Records
Groove B Chill Starting from Zero Uptown Records
H.W.A. Livin' in a Hoe House Drive By Records
HDV Sex, Drugs + Violence ISBA Records Inc.
High Performance All Things Considered Nastymix Records
Hip Hop Culture Waste Not, Want Not Perfection
Homicide and The J.A.K. Squad Knockin' Off All Weak MC's Black Forest Records
I.C.P. Intelligence & Violence Rude Time Productions
Isis Rebel Soul 4th & B'way Records
Iwa-K Kuingin Kembali Musica Studio's
J.J. Fad Not Just a Fad Ruthless Records
The Jamaica Boys J Boys Reprise Records
Jazzie Redd Spice of Life Pump Records
Jealous J Party Time in Paradise Heat Wave Records
JVC Force Force Field Idlers, Warlock Records
Joeski Love Joe Cool Columbia Records
Jovanotti Giovani Jovanotti Yo Production
Jus Def / X-Town Posse, The Original X Vocal Full Contact SEC Inc.
Just-Ice Masterpiece Fresh Records/Sleeping Bag Records
K.J. an da' Fellas Bad Boys Move in Silence 4 Sight Records
Kid Sensation Rollin' with Number One Nastymix Records
Kilo America Has a Problem Cocaine Arvis Records
King Bee Royal Jelly Torso Dance, Columbia Records
King Sun Righteous but Ruthless Profile Records
Kings of Swing Strategy Bumrush!
Kool Rock Jay and the DJ Slice Tales from the Dope Side Jive
Krā-Zee White Boy Down & Dirty Under-the-Counter Records
Kwamé & A New Beginning A Day in the Life (A Pokadelick Adventure) Atlantic Records
L.A. Star Poetess Profile Records
Lakim Shabazz The Lost Tribe of Shabazz Tuff City Records
Lil' Mac The Lyrical Midget Yo! Records
Lionel.D Y'A Pas de Problème Squatt Records
London Posse Gangster Chronicle Mango Records
Mantronix This Should Move Ya Capitol Records, EMI Records
MC Ge Gee I'm for Real Frontline Records
MC Luscious Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend (The Album) Heat Wave Records
MC Mell'O' Thoughts Released (Revelation I) Republic Records
MC Nikke T. Jos Haluu Saada... Vol. 1 Epic Records
MC Pooh Life of a Criminal FBI Recordings
MC Smooth Smooth & Legit: The Album Crush Music
MC Tunes The North at Its Heights ZTT
MC Twist Bad Influence Lethal Beat Records
MC's of Rap Got to Be Funky Rap Records
MCJ & Cool G So Listen CEC Productions, Capitol Records, EMI Records
MCJX Black in Time LSN Records
Miami Boyz Rollin 'n' Steppin On Top Records
Michael Peace Loud-n-Clear Reunion Records
Mobstyle The Good, the Bad, the Ugly Grove St.
The Moreaus Swound Vibes GIG Records
Movement Ex Movement Ex Columbia Records
N-Factor Vibes from No Go Area Ariola
The Next School Settin' an Example Chrysalis Records
O.Z. Fever for the Flavor UBad Records
One Cause One Effect Drop the Axxe Capitol Records
Outlaw Posse My Afro's on Fire! Gee Street
Overlord X X Versus the World Mango Records, Island Records
P.K.O. Armed & Dangerous Youngsta Records, Yo! Records
Papa J. Smoove Proving Them Wrong Hittin' Home Records
Parts Unknown Time for Turmoil Studio B Records
PG-13 Rollin' wit da PG Quality Records, Pump Records
Professor X Years of the 9, on the Blackhand Side 4th & B'way Records
Queen Mother Rage Vanglorious Law Cardiac Records
Raheem the Dream Grand Theft Arvis Records
Rated X ...and Then Came Rated X Tandem Records
Rebel MC Rebel Music Desire Records
Rich Nice Information to Raise a Nation Motown
Richie Rich Don't Do It Big League Records, Inc.
Robbie B & DJ Jazz Comin' Correct Ruffhouse Records, Enigma Records
Rockers by Choice Vi Er Generationen Der Ikke Må Fejle Virgin Records
Rodney O. & Joe Cooley Three the Hard Way Atlantic Records
D-Boy Rodriguez The Lyrical Strength of One Street Poet Frontline Records
Ruthless Rap Assassins Killer Album Syncopate, EMI
S.F.C. A Saved Man (In the Jungle) Brainstorm Artists International, Broken Records
P.M. Sampson Listen to My Heartbeat CBS Records
Say What? Fresh Fish Star Song
Shazzy Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rhapsody Elektra Records
Side F/X This Is a Journey Nastymix Records
The Sindecut Changing the Scenery Virgin Records
Sindicato Del Crimen Hip-Hop Radical Troya DSCS & RCRS
Slamm Syndicate It's Our Turn Wrap Records
Smooth Ice Smooth Ice JDK Records, MCA Records
Space Cowboys Home on the Range Vielklang
Spyder-D Gangsta Wages Hype Hop Music, Macola Record Co.
Stereo MC's Supernatural 4th & B'way Records
Style In Tone We Trust Select Records
Sweetenlo Not to Be Tooken Lightly Wrap Records, Ichiban Records
Tairrie B The Power of a Woman Ruthless Records, MCA Records
Three Times Dope Live from Acknickulous Land Arista Records
Whistle Always & Forever Select Records
Wilfred Y La Ganga La Abuela y otros tantos raps Latinos RCA Records
World Class Wreckin' Cru Phases in Life S.O.H. Distribution Network
Uzi $ Bros Kick That Thang! Original Sound
Young & Restless Something to Get You Hyped Pandisc
YZ Sons of the Father Tuff City Records

Shelved albumsEdit

Artist(s) Album Record label
Earle the Poet For Your Listening Pleasure EMI Records
The Nonce 1990

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