The year 1998 was quite monumental for hip-hop with some of the most iconic names in the game squarely in their primes.

For context, some of the mots notable projects to drop in 1998 included Jay-Z’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment, DMX’s back-to-back hit albums It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and Outkast’s Aquemini. However, for N.O.R.E., he felt he reigned supreme during that calendar year over the likes of DMX, Jay-Z, and Big Pun.