Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen (1989)
It's laid back, intelligent hip-hop, sometimes termed 'conscious rap', similar artists being De La Soul and Monie Love. In fact both acts guest on here, standout track 'Ladies First' featuring Love. The album is a patchy affair, but has enough high points to make it a bargain at £1. Spotify link for track 'Wrath Of My Madness', which is also great:
Next was The Fats Boys' Krush On You, an early greatest hits double LP compilation.
The Fat Boys - Krush On You (1988)
It's a lot of fun to listen to, although some of the beatboxing strays into Rolf Harris territory on occasion. For just £1 for a double album though it's a bargain, particularly for standout tracks 'Jailhouse Rap' and 'Can You Feel It?'. I love the sleeve, covered in images of junk food. It's not surprising that one member died of a heart attack aged just 28. The inside of the gatefold is equally calorific:
Spotify link: Fat Boys – Can You Feel It