1998 in hip hop music

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This article summarizes the events, album releases, and album release dates in hip hop music for the year 1998.

Released albums[edit]

Release Date Artist Album
March 17 WC The Shadiest One
March 31 Gang Starr Moment of Truth
April 7 Various Artists I Got the Hook Up
April 21 Public Enemy He Got Game
May 5 Rawkus Records Lyricist Lounge, Volume One
May 12 DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
May 19 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Greatest Hits
Snoop Dogg Smokefest Underground
Too Short Nationwide: Independence Day
8Ball Lost
June 2 Master P MP Da Last Don
June 16 Queen Latifah Order in the Court
June 30 Def Squad El Niño
July 14 Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
N.O.R.E. N.O.R.E.
July 21 Nate Dogg G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2
Wu-Tang Clan The Swarm
August 4 Snoop Dogg Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
August 11 Funkmaster Flex The Mix Tape, Vol. III
August 18 Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause
MC Lyte Seven & Seven
August 25 Biz Markie On the Turntable
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Xzibit 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
September 1 Fat Joe Don Cartagena
Kurupt Kuruption!
September 8 Digital Underground Who Got the Gravy?
September 22 Ras Kass Rasassination
September 29 Jay-Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
OutKast Aquemini
A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement
October 6 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill IV
Mack 10 The Recipe
Speedknot Mobstaz Mobstability
October 27 Big Daddy Kane Veteranz' Day
November 10 Method Man Tical 2000: Judgement Day
November 17 Geto Boys Da Good da Bad & da Ugly
Ice Cube War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)
November 24 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony The Collection, Vol. 1
DJ Quik Rhythm-al-ism
Redman Doc's da Name 2000
RZA Bobby Digital in Stereo
2Pac Greatest Hits
December 13 Mystikal Ghetto Fabulous
December 14 Busta Rhymes E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
December 22 DMX Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

Highest first-week album sales[edit]

List of top ten albums with the highest first-week home market sales
Number Album Artist 1st-week sales 1st-week position Refs
1 Hello Nasty Beastie Boys 681,000 1
2 Flesh of my flesh, Blood of my blood DMX 670,000 1
3 Da game is to be told, Not to be sold Snoop Dogg 520,000 1
4 MP Da Last Don Master P 495,000 1
5 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 422,624 1
6 Tical 2000: Judgement Day Method Man 411,000 1
7 Ghetto Fabulous Mystikal 386,000 5
8 Vol.2... Hard Knock Life Jay-Z 350,000 1
9 Charge It 2 Da Game Silkk The Shocker 288,000 3
10 It's Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX 251,000 1

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