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The 10 Best Albums Released Through Priority Records

Earlier this week, Priority Records announced its plans to relaunch in August of this year, with some help from Capitol Records and Insurgency Music. In a statement about the famed label’s history, Michael Cohen—the chairman/CEO of Captain Music Group and co-founder of Insurgency—said, “I don’t come from the hip-hop world. But the genesis of [Priority] was really about supporting the indie level; it broke the mold in terms of working outside the system to bring street-level music to the mainstream without any compromise.” And with early signees like Baauer (of “Harlem Shake” fame) and Harry Fraud and his Surf School imprint, the newly revamped Priority looks like its got success on its mind. To celebrate the occasion and the future of the label that’s brought the world masterpieces like Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt and N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, XXL took a look back at the 10 best albums released through Priority. Click through to check them out.—Written and compiled by Chris Mench

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