If there was any underlying theme for hip-hop in 2006, it was variety. Lupe Fiasco, Army of the Pharaohs and Pharrell all released debut albums which couldn’t have been more different from each other. E-40, T.I., Ghostface Killah and The Roots added to their already deep catalogs, while Busta Rhymes, Diddy and Nas stepped into new territory and Snoop Dogg revisited his G-funk past.
As well, you had relative newcomers Jim Jones, The Game, and Clipse all proving they had staying power. Then, there were the producers. The legendary J. Dilla released the final album before his death and RJD2 collaborated with Aceyalone (and Blueprint), while 9th Wonder produced entire albums for Murs and Skyzoo.
In short, there should be something for everyone when looking back on some of the more notable releases from 2006.