It’s hard to believe that 1997 was 20 years ago. We mourned the loss of Biggie Smalls and celebrated the nuptials of Will and Jada Smith. We’ve since ditched our flip phones for smart phones and no longer have to hang up the land line to use the internet. No matter how much the world has changed, these beloved albums celebrating their 20th anniversary are still some of our all-time favorites.

I Get So Lonely-Janet Jackson

Life After Death-The Notorius B.I.G.

My Way-Usher

One Day It’ll All Make Sense-Common

Share My World-Mary J Blige

When Disaster Strikes-Busta Rhymes

Baduizm-Erykah Badu

Supa Dupa Fly-Missy Elliot

Evolution-Boyz II Men

The Art of War-Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Butterfly-Mariah Carey

Wu Tang Forever-Wu Tang Clan

Release Some Tension-SWV

Cool Relax-Jon B

The Carnival-Wyclef Jean

All That I Am-Joe

Rated Next-Next

A Jagged Era-Jagged Edge


The 18th Letter-Rakim

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