Wouldn't put Binary Star on there though, not for beginners.
could've sworn you did this thread or something similar before
Nah. I did a fav album list like last month.
Random Thoughts wrote:
I'll list 20 that get a lot of burn in my itunes.
Geto Boys---We Can't Be Stopped (1991)
I go back and forth all the time on what is their best album, between Geto Boys and We Can't Be Stopped. I like both alot but I thinkMind Playing Trickspushes this to being their best release. I have a lot of nostagia attatched to this album too. Quickiewas maybe the first rap song I ever heard about sex, and considering it
talked about licking booty, it blew my mind in elementary school.
Ras Kass---Soul On Ice (1996)
Kendrick Lamar, Ras was the west coast cat that everyone was hyping
before his first official release. I've been hooked on this album ever
since I heard it in middle school. The conspiracy theories he spits
throughout still resonate in me. I was so blown byNature of the Threatthat
I literally printed the lyrics and burned a cd for two separate history
teachers of mine so we could talk about it's accuracy. But one of my
fav songs of all time would be Evil That Men Do . Actually shed a tear listening to that and reflecting on the cycle of blacks failing.
Digable Planets---Reachin' (1993)
of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and the rest of the Native Tongue
affiliates, Digable Planets is by far my favorite. Butterfly's rhymes
are timeless to me because of his oddball references and Ladybug Mecca's
voice is soothing and funky on every track.Pacifics is the most played rap song in my itunes library of 10,000+ rap songs. I prolly listen to it at least once a week.
One Be Lo---S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (2005)
maintain that Lo is better than Mos Def at being Mos Def. In fact, when
this was released in 2005, I was going around stanning hard for Lo. I
had this as my album of the year, over Common's Be and Little Brother's Minstrel Show. Evil of Self had me thinking Lo could storytell with the best of them and I couldn't get enough of Enecs eht no kcab.
Even when I'm dissing you I'm being sincere
is IMO, the most consistent rap artist in rap. Period. Since 2000, I
don't think anybody, mainstream or underground, measures up. They simply
don't make wack music, which makes it hard to pick their best album.
Kno's best beats are prolly on "Piece of Strange" or "Oneirology", but
since this is the first album I heard from them, I'll prolly be bias in
saying it's their best. Seasons is the only extended metaphor song about hip hop that I like better than Common's "I Used to Love Her." Love Ain't is the rap song I prolly played the most during my first real breakup.
It's sad, but proud or not, most your standards go down a notch When loneliness drinks at the bar you set too high
Killah Priest---Heavy Mental (1998)
only Wu affiliate that I'd say is better than most of the actual
Wu-Tang members. I really started to get into lyricism when I was in
middle school and Priest, along with Nas, was really the one that helped
me to appreciate intelligent lyrics and street poetry. B.I.B.L.E. was maybe the first rap song that made me question religion and Heavy Mental made me go "DAMN! Rap can sound like this and still be rap?"
AZ---Doe or Die (1995)
Nas' "Illmatic" for the first time gave me two thoughts. One; I'll
forever love Nas, and Two; who the hell is this cat that murdered Nas on Life's A Bitch? AZ was, for
the longest, my top pick for rapper with the best rhyme schemes. I've
sinced moved Eminem and Elzhi above him, but regardless, AZ is one of
the best when it comes to multisyllable verses and complex rhyme
schemes. Rather Unique showed him at his most potent, and Sugar Hill proved he could make a hit.
8Ball & MJG---Comin' Out Hard (1993)
with Geto Boys, Outkast, and 2Pac, I grew up on Eightball and MJG, so
nostalgia will always keep them in heavy rotation for me; at least their
early stuff. This album has some of the HARDEST beats and flows in rap
history, IMO. A lot of cats nowadays will prefer their 2 Chainz or Meek
Mill, but give me the story telling and hard flows of 9 Little Millimeta Boys and Mr. Big any day of the week.
Reflection Eternal---Train of Thought (2000)
favorite rap album of all time. Funny story is I hated it the first
time I heard it. I couldn't get used to Kweli's flow. It irked me
because I was still heavy on the silky smooth flows of AZ and Big L. But
when I gave it another listen around 2005, it became the most played
album I had.
The first novella I wrote in high school was based on a verse in For Women and Memories Live reminds me of high school so much, it's hard to listen to without wanting to go through my year book.
Wordsworth---Mirror Music (2004)
hard to find rappers that would rap about topics I would rap about if I
was a rapper. I was writing hip hop album reviews in 2004 on epinions
and I devoted the entire review to how much I related to the subject
Re-listening to the album in 2013, I wouldn't say it's
the same 5 star album I originally awarded (lack of charisma in some
spots), but songs like Unity and Be A Man still speak to me in a subtle chill/mature ways that a lot of albums don't do.
Blu---Below The Heavens (2007)
don't say it often. I only thought there were three special rap albums
in the 2000's, and this was most definitely one of them. Give it another
few years and it might grow into my favorite rap album. Blu's rhymes
are so timely and in-tune with what I was feeling as I started college
and the beats by Exile match the lyrics about as well any album in
awhile around 2005, when Lil Wayne was clearly at his best (Carter I,
Carter 2, Dedication), I was tempted to say Wayne had the best southern
solo album since Juvenile. Then I re-listened to Trap Muzik and realized
that title still belonged to TIP.
People sleep on his lyrical
abilities and rhyme schemes but he showed on his slow songs, his hits, and
his lesser known tracks that he could spit. I love I Still Love You for how honest it is, and love No More Talk for proving the south was putting out lyrical tracks with substance.
Juvenile---400 Degrees (1998)
wanted to be a Hot Boy in 1998. Me and my friends in school all
pretended to be members of the group, and we'd come to class wearing our
soulja rags, fake cash money chains, and FUBU outfits. It was a
prerequisite to listen to this album every day. I remember having to
rewind the 300 versions of "Ha" on cassette tape over and over again
until my brother brought home the cd one day and played it on our PS1.
I had to sneak it to listen, just like I did all of my rap music at the time, but I have vivid memories of rapping Ride With Me
in school with friends at recess. I have even more vivid memories of me
and my friends getting grinded on by high school girls at a block party
a few summers later to Back That Azz Up. Don't know if good memories will ever let me take this out of the rotation.
Masta Ace---A Long Hot Summer (2004)
Masta Ace had been around for a long time, this was my first time
listening to an entire album of his (I had to review it and Disposable
Arts). It ended up being one of my favorite albums that year, in fact
the only album I rated higher than it was Kanye's debut College Dropout. The samples used are to this day some of my favorites.
There are just all kinds of things that "sound" beautiful on this album, be it the violins of Da Grind or the haunting vocals of Brooklyn Masala. I remember playing the latter on one of my first dates.
Gza---Liquid Swords (1996)
I became an internet nerd in the late 90s/early 2000's, I discovered
review sites and thought it was the coolest thing in the world to share
my opinion with others. I remember the first album I ever reviewed was
Eminem's Marshall Matters LP. The review was awful. I reviewed track by track instead of taking
the music as a whole and evaluating it. I had to teach myself how to
listen to music, not in segments/track by track, but as a whole, and
this album was the first one that truly taught me how.
From the scary ass demonic intro of the title track to the angelic mood of the last track, to the worldly concept track
smack in the middle, Gza taught me how to consume albums, and it was
the perfect album to do so. Look up "Cohesive album," and this shows up
in my dictionary.
Kam---Neva Again (1991)
love Ice Cube's Death Certificate and Amerikkas Most Wanted. I love
NWA's Straight Outta Compton. But the west coast affiliate album I
listen to most is Kam's "Neva Again." Ice Cube is actually Kam's cousin
so you can hear the influence in his voice and content. He's not as
angry as Cube, but he's just as political and maybe more coherent and
intelligent with the rhymes.
He addressed profiling and racism with humor on Stereotype and goes through the commercialized holidays on Holiday Madness. I quote lyrics from these two tracks all the time, even in 2013, because what he says is so universally real.
They say all black people look alike We're either going strike, or hut-hut, hike
Thank you Easter Bunny for the basket of Jelly Beans Even though, I don't know what the hell-he-means
Big L---Lifestyles of the Poor and Dangerous (1995)
think punchline rap has become corny. Maybe it's because half of the
punchlines spat by cats like Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, or whoever else are
corny. I'd much rather listen to someone rap in metaphors or with
unique rhyme schemes than to hear 16 bars with 16 punchlines in
them...except when I'm listening to Big L.
Every single rapper
after him cannot hold a candle to the effortless flow of rhyme scheme
and punchlines, and his best compilation of that came on his debut
(though some of my favorite songs aren't even on this album, but were
unreleased). I can't count how many times I have burst out laughing
because of his hilarious punchlines. That's ultimately why I keep coming
back to listen, whether its street songs like All Black or positive songs like Street Struck.
My copy of this album has Clinic (Should of used a rubber) on it, which wasn't on the official release, but is one of my favorite L songs. I laugh everytime I hear it.
Canibus---Rip the Jacker (2003)
not a big fan of Canibus' music. In fact, this is the only Canibus
album I like. But at least it's a dope album to like. Canibus has some
of the most devoted stans in rap. I've never understood what this small
but vocal fanbase saw in him until I really listened to this album.
Lyrically, he's always been dope, albeit hard to grasp, but finally he
hooked up with a great producer to help him make actual dope songs.
is one of the best producers in hip hop history, and Bis doing an
entire album with him was awesome. The candyman sample on Genabis gives me chills and helps me appreciate the lyrical ability of Bis.
It's been over 10 years since I first heard it, and I'm STILL catching new things in Poet Laureate II.
Probably because a lot of the stuff he spits is something a listener
will only get after going through some college level philosophy,
history, and science courses. I love songs that gave me something new
Trick Daddy---thug.com (1998)
think Trick is pretty underrated with his actual rhyming ability.
Nobody is going to confuse him for Nas, but I think more times than not,
his actual skills on the mic are on par with some beloved rappers from
New York. It's not his lyricism that I like though, it's the charisma
and raw unfiltered expression of his thoughts. Lot of people break that
down as "being real."
This probably isn't his best produced album, but no one is going to deny the bump of Nann or the chill mood of I'll Be Your Player.
Mobb Deep---The Infamous (1995)
producers are going to go ahead of Havoc in the 'best rap producers of
all time" history books, but he single handily keeps this album in my
rotation. Prodigy is cool as a rapper, but honestly, he isn't someone
I'll keep turning to listen to unless he was backed by some great beats.
The beats that havoc has on here aren't just great, they are some of my
favorite "sounds" in life. I could just listen to the instrumentals
over and over. In fact, I do have an instrumental version of the album.
When I'm angry and just wanna hear some angry sh*t, my go to track is Start of Your Ending , which really might be my favorite beat ever. Simple but so effective at creating atmosphere. Likewise, Eye for an Eye
stands out to me by being one of the best verses I've heard from Nas
and Raewkon. How dope would a Raewkom The Chef, Nas Eschobar album have
been, with Havoc and Rza production?
Saw him twice once in some German village (got his and Wordworth autograph) then later in Breda. It was kinda messed up to see how he travels. He told us his hotel didn't have A/C and they got around the town in some little Ford hatchback.
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