WXPN’s Beth McMillan on why 1994 was the Greatest Year in Music

WXPN Volunteer Coordinator Beth McMillan shares her vote for 1994 as the Greatest Year in Music below.


Though Hiphop’s roots are centered strongly in the Bronx, NYC, 1994  saw the genre produce legends on the West Coast with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle and in the south with Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

The Notorious B.I.G. upped the NYC rap game with Ready To Die and Wu-Tang Clan saw two collaborators drop debut solo albums; Method’s Man’s Tical and Redman’s Dare Iz a Darkside.

Beastie Boys had already made a name for themselves but they also released their now iconic album Ill Communication in this fated year.  And lastly, Nas, one of rap’s biggest contributors over the last 20 years, launched his breakthrough album that same year, Illmatic.


Ill Communication – Beastie Boys
Dare Iz a Darkside – Redman
The Chronic – Dr. Dre
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik – OutKast
Ready to Die – Biggie
DoggyStyle – Snoop Dogg
Tical – Method Man
Illmatic – Nas

Category: 90s


Article by: Julie Miller