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The Score (RUFF­HOUSE/COLUMBIA, 1996)

This multi-plat­inum-sell­ing record rein­vig­o­rated a genre in the midst of an iden­tity cri­sis be­tween “tra­di­tional” East coast and “gangsta” West coast rap. Off the strength of Roberta Flack cover “Killing Me Softly” and Lau­ryn Hill’s in­cred­i­ble singing and rap­ping, The Score built a per­ma­nent bridge be­tween rap and pop realms.

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