UMFan83 wrote:rawaction wrote:We Got The Whole 9 wrote:It's really hard to make a top 200, I'll give them that. I wouldn't want to try. However, when taking about influence and seminal albums it's a bit annoying seeing no Aesop Rock, Blackalicious, Masta Ace, no Suave House, Warren G (unless I missed it) hits (debut album or The Twinz - Conversation), a lot of rappers/groups "top" album being severely over-ranked (OutKast, Common, The Coup, etc)
Admirable effort and they included a lot of obscure joints and I give them props for that.
Lyrics Born - Later That Day is incredible FTR.
Masta Ace lowkey has an amazing discography. No misses for a guy that's been putting out music semi-consistently since 1990. Nia by Blackalicious is certainly a top album. Maybe as high as top 30 or 20. I admittedly wasn't big on Suave House in their heyday, but have gone back to a lot of 8Ball & MJG. They are legendary with no less than 3 really good albums.
***Side note*** I ironically think the best solo disographies in hip-hop belong to Scarface, Ghostface, and Masta Ace. So if you know an aspiring rapper may want to tell him to put "ace" at the end of his/her name.
Is it bad that I prefer Blazing Arrow over Nia? Nia is solid but I feel like every track in BA is a home run
Just for fun favorite album for several artists. Not all are “best albums” just personal favorite
Jay Z: Reasonable Doubt is better but Volume 2 is pure nostalgia for me
The Roots: Do You Want More!??!!
Jeru The Damaja: Sun Rises In the East
Wu Tang: Enter the 36 chambers (duh)
Snoop: Doggystyle (duh)
Tribe: Low End Theory
Common: Electric Circus (no one ever agrees with me)
Biggie: Ready to Die
Tupac: All Eyez on Me
Eminem: Marshall Mathers
Kanye: College Dropout (sorry don’t like any new Kanye after he got weird)
I’m missing several artists, just a few off the top of my head. Shot out to one album gems like The Score, Deltron 3030 and Black Star
Nas- Illmatic (my #1 of all time)
Jay-Z - American Gangster. I'm not the biggest Jay Z fan. AG probably isn't the "best" album of his per se, but it's my go to if I want to hear Jay Z
Outkast- Aquemini. I also think this their best. They really may have the best first 3 albums of any group (De La and Tribe have arguments). They just got progressively better each album, IMO.
The Roots- Illadephhalflife is my favorite
Tribe- Low End Theory is the album that got me into hip-hop, as I have mentioned here. But Midnight Marauders is a better album to me.
Wu- I prefer Wu-Tang Forever to 36 Chambers. I think 9 songs (2 of them being solo MC songs) was too little for a 9 man group, so I prefer the longer album even though there are more duds on it.
Tupac- Me Against the World. His magnum opus, IMO. The album I feel like Pac was his artistic self. He wasn't trying to be too militant. Wasn't trying to be too "ThugLife". Wasn't obsessed with beef with East Coast rappers. Saw all sides of the REAL 2Pac
Kanye- Late Registration. College Dropout was more eye-opening. He really ushered in a non-gangster era of rap after the mafioso era. But Dropout was him taking another step lyrically, to me. He would have better production going forward, but this album established him as the best artist of the 2000s.
Also, if I ballparked a top 10 albums.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Raekwon)
Low End Theory
Death Certificate (Ice Cube)
The Infamous (Mobb Deep)
Enta Da Stage (Black Moon)
It Takes a Nation (Public Enemy)- I guess it would be top 10
Paid In Full (Eric B & Rakim)