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HMs: Jay-Z - Vol. 1
Lil Wayne - Carter II

75. Tha Dogg Pound - Dogg Food

74. Oasis - Be Here Now

73. Usher - Confessions

72. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

71. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance

70. Otis Redding - Otis Blue

69. Deltron 3030

68. Oasis - Morning Glory

67. 8701 - Usher

66. Curren$y - Pilot Talk

65. Gorillaz - Demon Days

64. eLZhi - The Preface

63. Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On

62. Method Man - Tical

61. Mobb Deep - The Infamous

60. Tyler, The Creator - Bastard

59. Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange

58. Makaveli - Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

57. Radiohead - OK Computer

56. DJ Quik - Safe + Sound

55. D'Angelo - Voodoo

54. Young Jeezy - Thug Motivation 101

53. The-Dream - Love Vs. Money

52. NWA - Straight Outta Compton

51. Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

50. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

49. Scarface - The Fix


48. Radiohead - Kid A

[youtube=320,25]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T1M1tmUbq4[/youtube] tbh... :smug:

47. MF Doom - Mm...Food


46. Little Brother - The Listening


45. The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death


44. Nas - It Was Written


43. Cam'ron - Purple Haze


42. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool


41. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele


40. Juvenile - 400 Degreez


39. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle


38. Little Brother - The Minstrel Show


37. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On


36. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders


35. The Roots - Things Fall Apart


34. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'


33. Jay-Z - American Gangster


32. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon


31. The Streets - Original Pirate Material


30. OutKast - ATLiens


29. Kanye West - College Dropout


28. Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP


27. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


26. Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds


25. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor

The first Lupe album I listened to. I was mind blown by his unique subject matter and the "different" production from what most mainstream rappers use. Sunshine & I Gotcha were my theme tunes for the best part of 2008 (I know I'm late lol) and the whole album was a breath of fresh air and the features were on-point throughout.

24. Dr. Dre - The Chronic

The second rap album I ever heard and the one that ultimately gained my interest in the genre. This is the reason why Dre is top 3 of all time: he created a classic subgenre with timeless sampling and pure G lyrics. I have never felt so much like a boss listening to a record before. Let Me Ride is prolly top ten songs ever for me.

23. 2Pac - Me Against the World

Pac's most personal record and his best in my opinion. Pac was always a genius but this is where his genius peaked as his lyrics were so relatable and the production was perfect throughout the whole record. A timeless album that I revisit very often. This is what puts him above BIG in my list of the greatest rappers.

22. The Roots - How I Got Over

The finest album by the legendary Roots crew. The production once again is live and Black Thought once again proving why he's an unappreciated great in hip hop. The consistency they give us is unmatched with the size of their discography, the whole album struck a chord with me as soon as I first heard it. The title track is one of the most soulful rap songs I've ever heard.

21. Dipset - Diplomatic Immunity

One of those undeniably dope albums. Production is on-point throughout both discs and the rapping is average, but you wouldn't exactly need someone spit knowledge over these beats would you? This is what College Dropout tried to do with the soul samples but just fell short of.

20. N.E.R.D. - In Search of...

Oh wow, that Neptunes production is amazing! This album turned me onto their whole catalog of production and lead me into having a huge epiphany as I had slept on all the N.E.R.D albums due to me hearing a few of their singles off Fly or Die and not really feelin' em. Seeing Sounds is also another top notch album from these guys.

19. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother

The first Pete Rock production I ever heard, the shit is so good! His soul production accompanied with CL's smooth (pun intended :hah:) rhymes is one of the best combos imaginable, plus it doesn't disappoint at all. TROY is a prime example of this as their chemistry on the track is amazing, as if they had been a duo for decades.

18. Common - Be

Common showing the world how to bless great beats with great lyrics. If it wasn't for Love Is then this would be Kanye's album, but Jay Dee murked that beat! Damn, I won't go as far to say it's his best beat but it's up there. Kanye also blessed us with the great Intro and Faithful, two of my favorite tracks due to the soulful production.

17. Dr. Dre - 2001

The best gangsta rap album ever. The flawless Dre production coupled with the ignant rhymes make this a great, enjoyable album. So what if the content ain't deep? That isn't what Dre is about, he's about slappin' hoes. This is what solidified my previous stan status with the good Doctor. Shame he doesn't know how to release another album.

16. Jay-Z - The Black Album

Oh yes, the album where Hov claimed he would retire... If he had retired he would have gone out on the perfect note (not saying he should have though). This record sees Hov at his lyrically finest since his early days. He also picks the best beats as usual (see PSA, Lucifer, What More Can I Say, My 1st Song, Dec 4th etc). Closest Hov has come to topping his two best albums.

15. Kanye West - Late Registration

Y'all already know about this record. Ye's best and longest which says something about his quality control. This album has Ye's best verse in the outro in Gone, such a good verse. The production is stellar throughout without one filler in all 70 minutes of listening. In my opinion Kanye will never top this as his subject matter is the best it's ever been on this record and he has switched it up since this album (see WTT).

14. GZA the Genius - Liquid Swords

The GZA, perhaps the most lyrically gifted MC in the Wu. His eerie and outstanding Liquid Swords should be in every hip-hop top 20 at least, his rhymes matched with the faultless RZA production are a match made in heaven. The title track along with many other tracks have very spooky and cinematic introductions bringing you into the atmosphere of the track before it has even started.

13. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides

Mos is a mastermind. Perhaps the best lyricist of all time and his production on here is amazing. Mathematics is the best song easily, but there are so many more 10/10 tracks on this record. One of the first records I listened to and it has a special place in my heart. This deserves all the acclaim it gains.

12. D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

My favourite RnB record. D'Angelo's vocals are so smooth and perfect, he really is a genius. He made nearly every track on the record on his own and the results are astounding. Such an overlooked artist.

11. Raekwon the Chef - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

The best Wu solo and Rae is the perfect Coke rapper. RZA's prod at its best and Nas gave perfect his best guest verse on Verbal Intercourse. Every track is great, nothing comes close to filler and Rae rarely ever gets outshined on a track with his undeniable mic presence. Ghost too provides some top notch rhymes and they both complement each other perfectly.

10. OutKast - Aquemini

Aquemini, the name given because Big Boi is an Aquarius and Andre is a Gemini. This is the pinnacle of southern hip hop, Big Boi and 3 Stacks both give extremely great lyrics over spacey and futuristic production. Every track almost has a different vibe to it and every time it succeeds in giving dopeness.

9. Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star

The perfect collaboration of 2 MCs. At least one of the best verses of all time is on this record and the production matches Mos & Talib's style each song perfectly. Talib almost acts as Mos' sidekick throughout the album, but do not be fooled by his less charismatic delivery, he is just as good as Mos on near every track. Mos delivers his best verse on Thieves in the Night, a top 5 verse of all time.

8. Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens

With flawless flow, executed with flair, Blu's smooth cadence flutters among the head-nodding drums and samples of Exile's well rounded beats. While mainstream hip-hop has abandoned the traditional path of one producer albums, this approach has proven quite successful for many in the "underground" side of hip-hop.

7. The Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury

Over the Neptunes bumping production, The Clipse both bring punchlines and smart verses for this modern classic. Pusha is normally singled out as the better of the two, but Malice always brings it with a smoother flow than Push and they both bounce off each other with perfect chemistry. Best production from the Neptunes all on this record, Hello New World, Ride Around Shining, Nightmares, Wamp Wamp you can't go wrong.

6. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die

Biggie delves deep into his own life and surroundings, and spits his rhymes so laid back. The first time I listened to Ready To Die, Juicy was my stand-out single, but after listening a couple more times, I didn't have one. You cannot flick through tracks, Ready To Die is Biggie's story. You wouldn't start reading a book and flick forward a couple of pages and carry on reading, it is that good.

5. J Dilla - Donuts

tbh... listen in full, the only way to accept its genius.

Often with music, the stuff you don't get at first eventually becomes your favourite. Donuts is that kind of music, abrupt changes, random sirens and a massive variety of samples made it hard to understand to start off with, but after a few complete listens these become its most endearing qualities. The different tracks cover so many different emotions, each with loads of tiny details, many I'm sure I'm just missing. And to think this dude made a lot of this on his hospital bed, unbelievable talent.

4. Jay-Z - The Blueprint

Hova with the help of his protege Kanye create an organic sound rooted in the soul and funk of the '60s and '70s making a classic album. This is easily Hov's most emotional album, although the rhymes can lack sometimes, this is the best produced album of all time and there are no "bad" tracks. Takeover >>> Ether by the way.

3. Madvillain - Madvillainy

Like both artists work, Madvillainy retains its mystery and wonder after dozens of listens. This is one of many astounding things about the duo that is Madvillain, there projects rarely replicate each other, both always want to try new things and test the limits of hip-hop. DOOM's strange flow mixed with Madlib's immaculate production makes for a great, enjoyable listen.

2. Illmatic / Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

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The reason for a tie? Both are perfect albums and they both stand as undeniable masterpieces that crafted the genre known as hip-hop, whether it be Nas' smooth rhymes or the Wu's reckless, angry bars. Both have no bad tracks, every track is great and both are staples in hip-hop. I tried as hard as I could to decide a winner, but every pro to one of these winning the 2 spot had a matching con. Every track has its match: Halftime has CREAM, Protect Ya Neck has NY State of Mind. Both albums are two utterly different ways of portraying rap as Nas is more happy to storytell and the Wu are more happy to boast with hardcore, angry lyrics.



Reasonable Doubt is an effortlessly class album showing mafioso rap at its peak. A must have for any hip hop fan, a great introduction to hip hop for any rookie fan. This is personally why I consider Jay the GOAT, this album is faultless and does what it aims to do perfectly, Jay's lyricism is unmatched by any other rapper.​
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