Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Top 10 Rap/Hip Hop Albums OF All Time

Yeah not a lot of album listenage still, I should have some time tomorrow so I'll review an album I did get the chance to listen to last night, wasn't a bad album either. There hasn't been a lot of positive reviews for my black (and occasional white) people music, more to do with weak rap albums to start this year although Goblin will be here soon and I'm hoping that will be a hit. So here it is my top 10 rap/hip hop albums of all time:

1. GZA - Liquid Swords
Damn this thing has been my number one for a while and my essential rap album, GZA kills it from start to finish with standout tracks for me being Cold World, 4th Chamber and Shadowboxin'

2. Beastie Boys - Pauls Boutique
Another well constructed album and probably my favourite rappers of ALL TIME, so much is great on this album but a few that standout for myself are Egg Man, Shake Your Rump, Hey Ladies and B-Boy Bouillabaisse

3. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Not only is this album great but it has one of my favourite covers, so great that when I saw you could get the cover on a shirt I immediately bought it, great portrait of Dre to accompany a quality release. Favourite tracks being Fuck Wit Dre, Nuthin' But A "G" Thang, Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat and Bitches Ain't Shit.

4. Wu Tang - Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
Seems like all I've done so far is pick classic albums and the reason for this is they're ridiculously great. I always try and get in a couple of these tracks at a party and the looks on some of the "mainstream" listeners faces is priceless. Bring Da Ruckus, Shame On A Nigga, Clan In Da Front and Protect Ya Neck.

5. Outkast - Aquemini
Oh yeah, love this album easily the best Outkast album even if some of the other albums are also top notch, Big Boi and Andre are great on this. Without a doubt Rosa Parks is my clear favourite with Y'All Scared and West Savannah being my other two fav's.

6. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
Sure a lot of his later releases suck but Endtroducing is to me the greatest instrumental hip hop album ever, so many interesting samples after all Shadow made this album entirely from samples, good work indeed. Favourite tracks Midnight In A Perfect World, Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt and Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain.

7. MF Doom - Operation Doomsday
I've mentioned my MF Doom love before so this shouldn't be a big surprise if you're a regular reader of my blog (YOU BETTER BE!!!!!!!) anyway great album, great live. my favourite involving Doom. Doomsday, The Finest, Red and Gold

8. Kanye West - Late Registration
Even after My Dark Twisted Fantasy dropped this was still my clear favourite by him and clearly one of my favourite albums in the genre. So many stand out tracks and the skits work well in the whole damn thing. Gone is my favourite on the album and favourite by Kanye full stop, while Touch the Sky and Roses are two that help make this amazing.

9. Madvillain - Madvillainy
Already mentioned multiple times on the blog I love this thang, in my top 50 of 2000-2009 and was mentioned in my MF Doom love posts. This collaboration between Doom and Madlib is baller as fuck and a definitive album. America's Most Blunted, Accordion and Fancy Clowns my favourites.

10. J Dilla - Donuts
Another instrumental release, with this released three days before his death and on his 32nd birthday J Dilla produced my favourite release by him, so many interesting parts that form such a massive album as a whole, no standout's as it all works as one.

Honourable Mentions:
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx...Pt1 and Pt2
Quasimoto - The Unseen
Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
Method Man - Tical

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