September 13th, 1988 is a big day in Hip Hop history, with three soon-to-be legends releasing albums that would become Hip Hop classics: Ice T’s Power, Eazy E’s Eazy-Duz-It and MC Lyte’s Lyte As A Rock.
Ice T – Power
The album cover, photographed by Glen E. Friedman, was the subject of controversy upon its original release, due to the provocative pose of Darlene Ortiz, Ice-T’s girlfriend at the time. The album is broken down track-by-track by Ice T in Brian Coleman’s book Check the Technique.
Power ranks #9 on HHGA’s Top 30 Albums Of 1988.
Eazy E – Eazy-Duz-It
Eazy-Duz-It is the debut album of Eazy-E, released on September 13, 1988, through both Ruthless and Priority Records. The production was done by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella, lyrics were written primarily by The D.O.C., Ice Cube, and MC Ren, making Eazy-Duz-It very much a N.W.A. group effort.
The album went double Platinum in the United States despite minimal promotion by radio and television.
Eazy-Duz-It ranks #12 on HHGA’s Top 30 Albums Of 1988.
MC Lyte – Lyte As A Rock
Lyte as a Rock is the debut album of MC Lyte released in 1988. In 1998, it was listed in The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums. The album is broken down track-by-track by MC Lyte in Brian Coleman’s book Check the Technique.
Lyte as a Rock ranks #11 on HHGA’s Top 30 albums of 1988.