(1992, Chrysalis/EMI)

I remember hearing this for the first time as a spotty thirteen-year-old white kid from a privileged English background, and it blew my mind. Up ’til then my experience of hip hop was all gangsta rap from the west coast, and this sounded a world away from that.

LISTEN: Spotify

READ: As you’d expect for such a classic album, there’s some great writing around this one, like this AV Club article on how it was supposed to change hip hop but didn’t. It can be harsh on the album as a whole, but it’s a fascinating read.

More fulsome in its praise is this article in The Source

WATCH: A fantastic live clip of the band ripping through Tennessee and People Everyday for MTV in New Year 1993