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Throwback Thursday: Five Artist Debuts of 1994

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1994Does anyone realize that it has been twenty years since the mid-1990s? Some feel that the mid-90s were the height of hip-hop and a turning point for modern R&B. Take a look at what we have today: 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Kendrick Lamar. Drake is considered the best rapper of this generation but if you name him with those from the past, he can’t hold a candle. Here are five artists who made their debut in 1994. It’s time to make you feel old.


Usher-raymond-album-1994Usher – Usher

Usher may just be the biggest name in R&B today. He has grown as an artist and as a person over the course of his twenty-year career. Though he was [clearly] inspired by Michael Jackson, he’s developed his own style. Usher can dance and sing and, himself, inspired artists like Chris Brown.

 

 


Outkast-southernplayalisticadillacmuzikOutKast – Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik

OutKast paved the way for other southern rapper to come forth and represent their hood. In a time where East Coast and West Coast ruled the airwaves, OutKast debuted and showed everyone that the south would rise. They sure did.

 

 


Aaliyah-age-aint-94Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number

Aaliyah could have been a huge artist if she were still alive today. Though her life was cut short in 2001 from a plane crash, her music lives on. Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number put her over the top at the young age of 15. R. Kelly claimed she was the best young he’s worked with. After some acting roles, like Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned, Aaliyah’s life was cut short after her plane crashed after traveling from the Bahamas.

 

 


NasIllmaticNas – Illmatic

Do I need to add anything else except Nas debuted Illmatic twenty years ago? Illmatic is considered one of the greatest and influential rap albums of all time. Nas was a pioneer during his time. When hip-hop felt as though it were a turf war between coasts, Nas refused to partake and fuel the beef. Illmatic brought us The World is Yours, the single greatest rap song that references Scarface to date.

 

 


Ready_To_DieThe Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

He’s considered the greatest rapper of all-time by certain publications and the second best by many others. Ready To Die was the home to four hit singles: Juicy, One More Chance, Big Poppa, and Warning, which are still played on the radio today. B.I.G. showed that New York hip-hop was a force to reckon with, though he may be disappointed if he were still alive to day. His lyrical ability is replicated and duplicated by new artists of today but they can’t hold a candle to his prowess.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.