April 21, 2007

The INTERNETS Is Runnin' This Rap Ish


Joey, over at Straight Bangin' DOT COM, recently sent out an email to the who's-who of the blogosphere (me included, snitches!). He had a simple request: name your TOP 25 HIP-HOP albums of all time.

I had one rule: go with the gut. Eff the critics. Eff the albums that "have to be" on these lists. Eff boundaries. This is hip-hop! These are the albums that I STILL play on the regular. These are the albums that embody MY definition of HIP-HOP. How do YOU define hip-hop?
  • 1. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • 2. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
  • 3. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • 4. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
  • 5. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  • 6. Nas - Illmatic
  • 7. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
  • 8. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • 9. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • 10. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
  • 11. Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
  • 12. EPMD - Strictly Business
  • 13. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
  • 14. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
  • 15. Pete Rock & CL SMooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
  • 16. Common Sense - Resurrection
  • 17. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
  • 18. Outkast - Aquemini
  • 19. Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop
  • 20. Goodie Mob - Soul Food
  • 21. The Krown Rulers - Paper Chase
  • 22. O.C. - Word...Life
  • 23. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
  • 24. The Beatnuts - Street Level
  • 25. Black Star - Black Star
Be sure to visit STRAIGHT BANGIN' later this week to view the final list of the blogosphere's top 25 G.O.A.T. HIP-HOP albums.

12 Comments:

Anonymous dp said...

good list VIK, I left off Mecca and The Soul Brothers as well as Stunts, Blunts and Hip-Hop.

25 Albums just ain't enough.

9:01 PM  
Blogger dronkmunk said...

mine:

1. Wu – Tang – 36 Chambers
2.Biggie – Ready to Die
3. Outkast – Aquemini
4. Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
5. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
6. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
7. Jay – Z Blueprint
8. Snoop Dogg – DoggyStyle
9. Ice Cube – Predator
10. Raekwon – OB4CL

Then..

11. Mobb Deep – Infamous
12. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
13. Nas – Illmatic
14. 2pac – Me against the World
15. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
16. Eric B + Rakim – Paid in Full
17. Bone Thugs – E. 1999 Eternal
18. GZA – Liquid Swords
19. Outkast – Atliens
20. RUN – DMC – Raising Hell
21. Jay – Z – Reasonable Doubt
22. Biggie – Life after death
23. 2Pac – All Eyez on Me
24. 3-6 MAfia – When the Smoke Clears
25. Wu - tang - Wu-tang Forever

2:29 AM  
Blogger vik said...

nice list dronkmunk.

glad you agree with the midnight marauders album trumping low end theory.

with 25 it was hard....i shoulda included GZA's liquid swords and digable's blowout comb....
PEACE

8:51 AM  
Blogger Enigmatik said...

that list is type wack, son...if you ain't got d4l on there then i can't fux witcha no mo', playboy.

6:56 PM  
Blogger vik said...

HA! d4l transcends hip hop my dude.

d4l transcends lists.

d4l IS hip hop.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous enigmatik said...

Already.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

Great work here, Vik. Like that Beatnuts shout.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Amadeo said...

Nobody felt "Da Shinin" like that? Am I a lone soldier?

4:22 PM  
Blogger vik said...

da shinin. that would be in a top 50 list for me.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous F said...

nice list.

here's mine:

http://www.effbombs.com/2007/04/26/my-25/

1:00 PM  
Blogger vik said...

nice list eff.

nas will always be illmatic

11:27 AM  
Blogger ian said...

My list here. Our tastes are pretty similar. Not surprised.....

1:01 AM  

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