As we roll out our annual Top Ten Freshman List for 2013, XXL decided to take a look back 20 years to weigh in on who would have been the members of the Freshman Class in the year 1993. All decisions were based on our current Freshman guidelines, meaning entire groups and artists who had released their debut albums prior to the list date were excluded.
The year 1993 is arguably one of hip-hop’s most formative and sonically diverse dates in its lengthy history. It saw the West Coast’s G-funk movement take full form through the newly founded Death Row Records. At the same, 1993 proved integral to the resurgence of of New York’s then-dwindling hip-hop scene, as a new crop of hardcore lyricists took up the torch from forefathers like Rakim, KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane.
Editor’s Note: Before anyone gets heated, the Notorious B.I.G. was not placed on the list, as his early hits “Party & Bullshit” and the remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” were not released until later in ’93.