“Most of our geniuses leave early. They leave us their legacy. They leave us their music and the music lives on forever.”
A Tribe Called Quest
De La Soul
This list represents some of the cornerstones of the second golden age of hip-hop. James Yancy was the conductor that helped ring in that second age. A period where beats and verses were dense, “bling” was merely a sample that you may grab from a Raymond Scott album to add track texture, and producers were starting to step out from behind their MPC’s and 808’s to become superstars in their own light.