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The Best of 1998
September 29. If you were only allowed to buy hip-hop music on one day of the year, this was the day to pick for 1998. A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast and Jay-Z -- three heavy-hitters that have delivered each time out. But in this home run race, the underdogs outslugged the veteran, as A Tribe Called Quest stumbled with The Love Movement. Their torch of consistency has been passed on to Outkast, who delivered another classic LP, and Jay-Z, who always seems to give the people just what they need, right when they need it. September 29. The date also marks a milestone for us as well. The albums released that day became the first three albums we reviewed on the web as The 411 made the transition from print to online. It was a good bet that one of those albums would emerge as 'The Best of 1998,' and Aquemini proved us right. That and the rest of the best appear below.

Best album
OUTKAST, Aquemini

Best single
OUTKAST, "Rosa Parks"

Best video
REDMAN, "I'll Bee Dat!"

Best producer
DJ QUIK

Best sample
JAY-Z, "Hard Knock Life" -- say what you want, but the 45 King opened up a whole new world by sampling a Broadway musical

Most underrated album
DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, Who Got the Gravy?

Best hip-hop collaboration
JAY-Z & JERMAINE DUPRI, "Money Ain't A Thang"

Best hip-hop/R&B collaboration
BUSTA RHYMES & JANET JACKSON, "What's It Gonna Be?!"

Best comeback
METHOD MAN


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