Most underrated debut?
Before breaking huge with Nevermind in 1991, Nirvana released their debut on the indie mainstay Sub Pop Records. Bleach didn’t exactly catch fire, but it did provide an inclination of Cobain’s songwriting genius and helped get the band a major label deal. They soon sacked drummer Chad Channing, replaced him with Dave Grohl and headed into the studio with Butch Vig. 2Pac’s debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, wasn’t as fully-realized as his mid-90s work, but showcased his gift for political commentary–with the 20 year old taking aim at the police, the prison system and bemoaning the plight of the young, black male. While it wasn’t as big as his later releases, it did go gold and spawned his early classic, “Brenda’s Got A Baby.”