let's get this party started, post your favourite hiphop/rap albums ever. if needed, we can also create a best hiphop songs thread.
here are some of mine in no particular order (the first is the best though imo). i will create a special list for albums produced by Kanye West because there are simply too many great albums he produced. imo, he will be most remembered for his producing than anything else. and rightly so
this is not really a list of the best ever because that's impossible given the immense amount of great rap records, I mainly try to share a nice selection of varying albums to show how great hiphop records can manifest themselves. i will also not go into some amazing german rap records, for obvious reasons.
Black on both sides - Mos Def
Great sampling, great beats, great featuring artists like Busta Rhymes in his prime, very complex lyrics and the rhythmically and poetically best rapper ever. An absolute must!!
Illmatic - Nas
It's really amazing that he was 19 when he recorded this album. A true urban masterpiece. I feel really gangster when I listen to it during busrides
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
She's basically the only rapping woman I actually enjoy listening to. It's an amazing debut album and really benefits from her being able to rap as well as sing like the best of them.
Enter the Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan
I have to include a Wu record here. Probably the most amazing collection of talent hiphop has ever seen.
The Low End Theory - A tribe called quest
ATCQ is the most underrated great rap group, to me. Their beats and samples are stylistically truer to the Jazz originals, which perfectly suits the smooth rapping style of the group. They also wrote some of the best lyrics in hiphop history
Every Eminem album up until Encore - Eminem
The albums are not very album-ey, but dear god, every album is like an Eminem best of in its own right. There's a great variety of quiet, incredibly angry and hateful (SCREAM ***** SCREAM!!) and comedic songs.
Power in numbers - Jurassic 5
It's really hard to find the obvious best Jurassic 5 record, this just serves as one example of a great hiphop album by the second most underrated rap group after ATCQ.
New Danger - Mos Def
This is hardly a pure hiphop record. It includes Mos Def's rockband, him singing, etc. I'm pretty sure Ghetto Rock was nominated for best "alternative song" during the Grammies, iirc. It sort of feels like a great Prince album in that it just plows through genres seemlessly. It's a difficult record to get into, I suppose, but I really wanted to mention it.
Now, there's still EPMD, Public Enemy, MF Doom, Danger Doom, Mobb Deep, Madvillain, NWDA, Dre, Run DMC, Biggie, Tupac, Black Star, Common, The Fugees (The Score!!), OutKast, Slum Village, J Dilla, The Roots and more modern artists like Kendrick Lamar, etc. but I trust in you filling the gaps
Like I said, a Kanye specific list including Jay Z, some of his own albums, Common, etc. is coming soon.
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