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15 greatest Southern hip-hop albums of all time

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It’s quite odd that there was a time when hip-hop practiced segregation. In the ’80s and early ’90s, Southern rappers rarely got radio spins in the North and West; cable stations such as MTV, VH-1 and, to a lesser extent, BET, would not play videos from Southern-based artists, and top- notch hip-hop groups (such as OutKast) were booed in New York.


But things have changed mightily since that era. In fact, a majority of today’s radio spins feature rappers from the South or have adopted the bounce-influenced sound that originated below the Mason-Dixon Line.


We have compiled a list of the greatest Southern hip-hop albums of all time. The list is based on lyricism, production quality and overall cultural impact.

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