Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time

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  1. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    1)Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
    2)De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
    3)Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
    4)Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    5)Run DMC - Raising Hell
    6)Dr Dre - The Chronic
    7)Wu Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers
    8)Nas - Illmatic
    9)A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
    10)Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    11)Outkast - Aquemini
    12)Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
    13)Gangstarr - Daily Operation
    14)Ice Cube - Death Certificate
    15)Jay Z - Blueprint
    16)LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    17)Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP
    18)Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    19)Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde
    20)Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
    21)Boogie Down Productions - By Any Means Necessary
    22)Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message
    23)Missy Elliott - Miss E
    24)Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
    25)Aceyalone - A Book of Human Language

    Thoughts? A pretty good list all told. Can't argue with #1. Some of my favorites that are missing include Common Sense's Resurrection, and I prefer the Black Star LP to Black on Both Sides. I could do without Missy, but I understand it's inclusion based on what it did for altering the sound of commercial hip-hop.
     
  2. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
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    That's a shockingly decent list.
     
  3. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    Yup. A lot better than I expected out of Entertainment Weekly.
     
  4. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    My thought exactly. Pleasantly surprised to see Dr. Octagon make the list.
     
  5. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    I would have Nas in the top five...but, overall, you really can't complain.
     
  6. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    Me too. That's one of my top 10, at least.

    And Illmatic is probably my favorite album of all-time.
     
  7. Claymore

    Claymore Member

    Jul 9, 2000
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    No Vanilla Ice? No MC Hammer?
     
  8. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    What I own:

    Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
    De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
    Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
    Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    Run DMC - Raising Hell
    Dr Dre - The Chronic
    Wu Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers
    A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
    Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    Outkast - Aquemini
    Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
    LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP
    Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
    Boogie Down Productions - By Any Means Necessary
    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message
    Missy Elliott - Miss E

    I'm amazed that EW was able to come up with what is a VERY cool list.
     
  9. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    I will add that there's no way 3 Feet High and Rising is a better album than Takes A Nation Of Millions...
     
  10. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    Personally, I think Nation of Millions is better than Fear Of a Black Planet.

    3 Feet High and Rising is a great CD though. I'm a pretty big De La fan.
     
  11. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    HOLY CRAP!! I just realised that Takes A Nation Of Millions...isn't even on the list...WTF??

    Sorry, it just lost credibility with me...(big punishment, I know :rolleyes: )
     
  12. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    Well, I think they wanted to keep it so that there wasn't more than one album from any artist. You could make an argument for both Nation of Millions and Fear of a Black Planet, also Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders, for example.

    I agree that Nation of Millions was PE's best album.
     
  13. servotron

    servotron New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    St Paul, MN
    Meh.. it's a pretty good list but there are some glaring omissions and changes I'd make, as well as some "get that sh!te out of there" changes. I am impressed that they put Pharcyde in there.

    First: Get rid of ANYTHING to do with B.I.G, 2Pac, or Eminem. None of them have offered anything that hasn't been done before, or done better since.

    Second: Re-evaluate the inclusion of the Beastie Boys. All they ever really did was make it "ok" for white people to like rap. Their albums are all annoying except "in sound from way out" in which they never actually rap.

    Third: Eric B & Rakim as #1 of all time? Good pick, but no way. I'd put "It takes a nation of millions..." on #1 in a heartbeat.

    Some other additions I'd make that are groundbreaking, good, and worthy of being top 25:

    Blackalicious "Nia"
    Blackstar (self titled)
    Tribe Called Quest "Midnight Marauders"
    Brand New Heavies "Heavy Rhyme Experience"
    NWA "Straight Outta Compton"
     
  14. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    Not true...all of them have put out incredible records and are important in the evolution / continuation of hip hop. I'm not saying they should be in a top 25 list, but to accross the board dismiss them is ludicrous.

    ...and put out ground breaking albums like Check Your Head...be part of an album that changed the face of sampling forever, Pauls Boutique. But don't let that stop you from not personally liking them.

    There's no way that whatever was number one is gonna please the whole crowd...but you really can't argue with anyone who lists that as their choice.

    ditto here, but I guess only one album per artist...

    Groundbreaking, yes...great, sure why not?? But it hasn't held up well at all. Songs like Something 2 Dance 2 and Boyz In The Hood are embarrassingly bad when held up next to pretty much everything on that list...in fact, I'd say that only half of Sraight Outta Compton is still "great".
     
  15. biggyv

    biggyv Member

    May 18, 2000
    PGH PA
    FANTASTIC record.
     
  16. jec1

    jec1 Member

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    Aug 27, 2004
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    they might just hit the nail on the coffin. with an exception of few they researched well. rakim is the tighest rapper of all-time so is tupac . but what can i say this is et top 25. lets see other magazines top 25.
     
  17. minorthreat

    minorthreat Member

    Jan 1, 2001
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    There should be room for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx in a top 25.
     
  18. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    ...not to mention Liquid Swords.
     
  19. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
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    not too bad a list, but the one per bit is stupid... and any list that doesnt have 'it takes a nation... ' on it is straight buggin' :D
     
  20. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    True. A few of the solos (I'm thinking the first round of LPs by Gza, Raekwon, Ghostface and ODB) were sonically and lyrically superior to 36 Chambers (which in turn as way, way better than anything they've put out as a group since), imho. But in terms of overall impact, nothing comes close to the first one, so I can understand, if not agree, with their reasoning.
     
  21. servotron

    servotron New Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    St Paul, MN
    If I made an album in 1986 and in 2005 half of the songs were still considered "great" I'd be pretty happy about it!
     
  22. royalstilton

    royalstilton New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
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    Brand New Heavies squeaks under the wire as a hip hop group? Yikes! I have one of their albums and I thought it was acid-jazz/funk. Shows what I know.

    I only have about 7 of the albums on the list, and I would have put "Miseducation" higher, but prolly cuz of not having a broad enough foundation.

    Having said that, I'm also shocked that "It Takes a Nation..." isn't on the list. The only possible justification for that omission, IMO, is only one album per group.
     
  23. CHICO13

    CHICO13 Moderator
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    Oct 4, 2001
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    I'm surprised Tupac didn't crack the Top 25
     
  24. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    Generally speaking, no they're not a hip-hop group, but the album mentioned has guest MC's on every track...
     
  25. 655321

    655321 New Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    The Mission, SF
    Well, I was being nice...and even half a great album isn't good enough to make anyone's top 25 list.
     

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