Notable Releases: Method Man Tical; Redman Dare Iz a Darkside (RAL/Def Jam); Warren G Regulate...G Funk Era (Violator/Def Jam)

Warren G provided Def Jam with its biggest hit in years when "Regulate" took over the world for several months, propelling the rapper's debut album to over three million units sold. Meanwhile, Method Man set off the winning streak of Wu-Tang solo albums with Tical. "Bring the Pain" rocked the underground, while the all-conquering "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" single with Mary J. Blige ran the airwaves. The latter song went on to win a Grammy. Method Man scored a platinum plaque for his LP in the process. Meanwhile, Redman grabbed another gold certification for his second Rush Associated Labels effort, the drug-fueled madness that was Dare Iz A Darkside.

On the downside, horrorcore group The Flatlinerz bricked, while Slick Rick's Behind Bars under-performed. Public Enemy's troubled fifth album was also plagued by delays when Polygram purchased a 50 percent stake in Def Jam and took over distribution.