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
15 Digital Underground This Is an EP Release Tommy Boy Records, Warner Bros. Records, TNT Recording
DJ Quik Quik Is the Name Profile Records
Gang Starr Step in the Arena Chrysalis Records, EMI Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
4 Insane Clown Posse Dog Beats Psychopathic Records
5 Steady B Steady B V Jive Records
Stetsasonic Blood, Sweat & No Tears Tommy Boy Records, Warner Bros. Records
12 Master P Get Away Clean No Limit Records, In-a-Minute Records
19 GZA Words from the Genius Cold Chillin' Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
Whodini Bag-a-Trix MCA Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
12 Ed O.G & Da Bulldogs Life of a Kid in the Ghetto PWL America, Mercury Records, PolyGram Records
23 Dream Warriors And Now the Legacy Begins 4'th & B'way Records, Island Records, PolyGram Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
14 De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead Tommy Boy Records, Warner Bros. Records
Ice-T O.G. Original Gangster Sire Records
KMD Mr. Hood Elektra Records
28 N.W.A Niggaz4Life Ruthless Records, Priority Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
11 Kool Moe Dee Funke, Funke Wisdom Jive Records, RCA Records
18 3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Records, SME Records
25 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth All Souled Out Elektra Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
1 A.Z. Street Wise Espionage Records
2 Slick Rick The Ruler's Back Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Records
9 Convicts Convicts Rap-A-Lot Records
Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped Rap-A-Lot Records
16 Compton's Most Wanted Straight Checkn 'Em Orpheus Records
23 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Homebase Jive Records, RCA Records
Main Source Breaking Atoms Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Music for the People Interscope Records, Atlantic Records
30 Leaders of the New School A Future Without a Past... Elektra Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
6 P.M. Dawn Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience Gee Street Records, Island Records
13 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill Ruffhouse Records, Columbia Records
27 Biz Markie I Need a Haircut Cold Chillin' Records, Warner Bros. Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
3 Naughty by Nature Naughty by Nature Tommy Boy Records
Poor Righteous Teachers Pure Poverty Profile Records
Queen Latifah Nature of a Sista Tommy Boy Records
17 MC Lyte Act Like You Know First Priority Music, Atlantic Records
Nice & Smooth Ain't a Damn Thing Changed Rush Associated Labels, Columbia Records
WC and the Maad Circle Ain't a Damn Thang Changed Priority Records
Yomo & Maulkie Are U Xperienced? Ruthless Records, Atlantic Records
24 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory Jive Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
1 Public Enemy Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Back Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Records
3 415 Nu Niggaz on tha Blokkk Priority Records
8 2 Live Crew Sports Weekend (As Nasty As They Wanna Be Part II) Luke Records
Freestyle Fellowship To Whom It May Concern... Sun Music
Scarface Mr. Scarface Is Back Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records, EMI Records
2nd II None 2nd II None Profile Records
15 Digital Underground Sons of the P Tommy Boy Records, TNT Recording
Schoolly D How a Black Man Feels Capitol Records, EMI Records
The UMC's Fruits of Nature Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records
22 Black Sheep A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Mercury Records
Del tha Funkee Homosapien I Wish My Brother George Was Here Elektra Records
24 Kid 'n Play Face the Nation Select, Elektra Records
29 Big Daddy Kane Prince of Darkness Cold Chillin' Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
Ice Cube Death Certificate Priority Records, EMI Records
Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion Hollywood BASIC, Elektra Records


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
12 2Pac 2Pacalypse Now Jive Records, TNT Records, Interscope Records
MC Breed & DFC MC Breed & DFC S.D.E.G. Records
Raw Fusion Live from the Styleetron Hollywood BASIC
Tim Dog Penicillin on Wax Ruffhouse Records, Columbia Records
19 Tone Lōc Cool Hand Lōc Delicious Vinyl


Day Artist(s) Album Record label
3 AMG Bitch Betta Have My Money Select Records
31 Various artists Juice (soundtrack) MCA Records, Soul Records

Unknown dateEdit

Artist(s) Album Record label
2 Black 2 Strong MMG Doin' Hard Time on Planet Earth Relativity, Clappers Records
2nd Power Da Soul Man Ichiban Records
3 Grand 3 the Hard Way MCA Records
8Ball & MJG Listen to the Lyrics On the Strength Records
12th Tribe Knowledge Is the Tree of Life Frontline Records
A.D.E. An All Out Bash 4 Sight Records
Apocalypse Holiness or Hell Frontline Records
Assault & Battery Assault & Battery Attitude Records
B.K.A. Clever Profile Records
B.O.X. Beyond Ordinary X-istence PWL America Records, Inc.
Bassmaster Khan and the Elements of Noise Bassentelechy Po Funky Blah
Ben B. Hard Just a Matter of Time Aural Seduction Audio Productions
Brothers 4 the Struggle Frantic in the Inner City Ghetto Rampage Records
Cookie Crew Fade to Black FFRR
Cutmaster and M.C. Groove Born on Stage Parma Productions
Damn the Band Damn the Band AMT, Johanna Kustannus
Deadly D featuring TJ Tiny T Deadly Situation Hot Productions
Def Dames 2-Large Sedona Recording Company, Zoo Entertainment, BMG
Devo-X Comin' Up Yo! Records
DJ Laz DJ Laz Pandisc
DJ Magic Mike & MC Madness Ain't No Doubt About It RM Records, Inc., Cheetah Records
The Dogs Beware of the Dogs JR Records
Downtown Science Downtown Science Def Jam Recordings, Columbia Records
Eerk & Jerk Dead Broke Profile Records
F-1 Network Come Join the Killin TCB Records
Father Dom Father Dom Wrap Records
Freedom of Soul Caught in a Land of Time Brainstorm Artists International, Word, Epic
Full Pack 9 Cuts Deep Pack Records
Godfather Don Hazardous Select Records
H.E.A.L. Civilization vs. Technology Elektra
The Hard Corps Def Before Dishonor Interscope Records, EastWest Records America
Hen-Gee & Evil E Brothers Pendulum Records
IAM la Planete Mars Virgin, Labelle noir
Icy Blu Icy Blu Giant Records, Warner Bros. Records
Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas Fabrico Cuero EMI Records
Jazzy Mel Jazzy Mel ABR Discos
Jibri Wise One Jibri Wise One Ear Candy
K-Jack-n-America K-Jack-n-America City Block Records
Katch 22 Diary of a Blackman Living in the Land of the Lost Kold Sweat
The Kay LC Hard 2 Handle Djax Records
KMSM Black Enimie Avenue Distribution
Latin Alliance Latin Alliance Virgin Records America, Inc.
Los Raperos Del Sur A Rapear Que Son 3 Dias Vaderecords
M.C. World & Girlz I Just Got to Be Me S.D.E.G. Records
M-Team For Deposit Only Waylo
Marley Marl In Control Volume II (For Your Steering Pleasure) Cold Chillin' Records
MC Ge Gee And Now the Mission Continues Frontline Records
MC Luscious Boom! Avenue Distribution
MC. Jr. Cas Born 2 Flow Boss Man Recordings
Mentally Disturbed Latins with Soul On Top Records
Mhisani Call It Like I See It Timbuktu Creations
Michie Mee and L.A. Luv Jamaican Funk - Canadian Style First Priority Music, Atlantic
Midnight Voices Dreams Keep Blowing My Mind Monster Music
Mind Body 'n Soul At the Speed of Life Startrak Records
Natives in Black Can't Come Close Funky Fresh Records
Nikki D Daddy's Little Girl Def Jam Recordings
O.G. Style I Know How to Play 'Em! Rap-A-Lot Records
Oaktown's 3-5-7 Fully Loaded Capitol Records
Overweight Pooch Female Preacher A&M Records
P-19 100% Dope Out the Ghetto Tandem Records, Def Sound Records
The Posse NFX Black or Ya White Critique, B-Down Records, BMG
Prince Akeem Coming Down Like Babylon Chicago Tip Records
Professor Griff Kao's II Wiz *7* Dome Luke Records
Prophets of da City Boomstyle Trutone Music, Ghetto Ruff
Racionais MC's Holocausto Urbano Zimbabwe Records
Showbiz & A.G. Soul Clap Showbiz Records
Silver Bullet Bring Down the Walls No Limit Squad Returns Parlophone
Son of Bazerk Bazerk Bazerk Bazerk Soul Records
Spice 1 Let It Be Known Triad Records
Street Military Aggrivated Rasta Beatbox Records
Success-n-Effect Back-n-Effect Umoja, Ichiban Records, Wrap Records
Supremê NTM Authentik Epic Records
Sway & King Tech Concrete Jungle Giant Records, Warner Bros. Records
Techmaster P.E.B. Bass Computer Newtown Music
The Terrorists Terror Strikes - Always Bizness, Never Personal Rap-A-Lot Records
Tony D a.k.a Harvee Wallbangar Droppin' Funky Verses 4th & Broadway Records
Totally Insane Direct from the Backstreet Midtown Productions
Two Kings in a Cypher From Pyramids to Projects Bahia Entertainment
Two Without Hats 3 on the Mic Micmac Records, Inc.
UTFO Bag It & Bone It UTFO Records
Vanilla Ice Extremely Live SBK Records
Various artists Compton Cartel: Back in the Hood Par Records
Vicious Base Back to Haunt You Cheetah Records
Who Am I? Addictive Hip Hop Muzick Ruthless Records, Epic Records
YZ EP Tuff City

Shelved albumsEdit

Artist(s) Album Record label
The Villain & "E" I Ain't 2 B Phuked Wit Gangster Records

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