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Through The Wire
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1. Illmatic- Nas
2. Paid In Full- Eric B and Rakim
3. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)- Wu-Tang Clan
4. Ready To Die- Biggie
5. It Takes A Nation- Public Enemy
6. The Low End Theory- A Tribe Called Quest
7. The Chronic- Dr. Dre
8. Reasonable Doubt- Jay-Z
9. 3 Feet High and Rising- De La Soul
10. Breaking Atoms- Main Source
11. Straight Outta Compton- NWA
12. Life After Death- Biggie
13. Doggystyle- Snoop Dogg
14. All Eyez On Me- 2 Pac
15. Me Against The World- 2 Pac
16. Resurrection- Common
17. Midnight Marauders- A Tribe Called Quest
18. Criminal Minded- Boogie Down Productions
19. Liquid Swords- GZA
20. Only Built For Cuban Linx- Raekwon
21. Masters Of The Universe- Binary Star
22. Black On Both Sides- Mos Def
23. Aquemini- Outkast
24. Fear Of A Black Planet- Public Enemy
25. Marshall Mathers LP- Eminem
26. Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous- Big L
27. Long Live The Kane- Big Daddy Kane
28. Soul On Ice- Ras Kass
29. It Was Written- Nas
30. Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1- Slum Village
31. De La Soul Is Dead- De La Soul
32. Raising Hell- Run DMC
33. Fantastic Vol. 2- Slum Village
34. Stillmatic- Nas
35. Blueprint- Jay-Z
36. Blackstar- Blackstar
37. Infinite- Eminem
38. Return To The 36 Chambers- ODB
39. Whut? Thee Album- Redman
40. Minstrel Show- Little Brother
41. Death Certificate- Ice Cube
42. Paul's Boutique- Beastie Boys
43. The Infamous- Mobb Deep
44. Madvillainy- Madvillain
45. Mecca And The Soul Brother- Pete Rock and CL Smooth
46. Things Fall Apart- The Roots
47. God Loves Ugly- Atmosphere
48. The 18th Letter- Rakim
49. Wu-Tang Forever- Wu-Tang Clan
50. Deltron 3030- Del Tha Funkee Homosapien


The first 5 are probably on the order I would rank them, the rest are just listed in no particular order.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

Good stuff, bball. Maybe you can give me some hip-hop recommendations. These are the rappers that are currently in my iTunes library: Eminem, Ghostface Killah, GZA/Genius, Jay-Z, NaS, The Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Raekwon, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, 2Pac.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

Good stuff, bball. Maybe you can give me some hip-hop recommendations. These are the rappers that are currently in my iTunes library: Eminem, Ghostface Killah, GZA/Genius, Jay-Z, NaS, The Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Raekwon, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, 2Pac.
Thats a pretty good collection ATL. I would suggest checking out Binary Star and Big L at least from the 50 albums I listed.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

bball you got an "old soul" what you know about that Criminal Minded and Fear of a Black Planet bball? That's what I'm talking about....lol You're one of my favorite posters, I love this list.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

I'm starting to think Blueprint is better than Reasonable Doubt...but I like that list.

What's notably missing is 93 Til Infinity...one of the best albums ever lyrically...have you checked that out?
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

I have been favoring Blueprint to Reasonable Doubt for a while. To be honest I favor whichever one I listen to but both are great, great albums and Hov is probably my most listened to artist as of late.



No I havent checked out '93 til infinity but i'll check that out ASAP and i'll report back.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

bball you got an "old soul" what you know about that Criminal Minded and Fear of a Black Planet bball? That's what I'm talking about....lol You're one of my favorite posters, I love this list.
:lol: My teacher actually got me into PE. He was in college back when It takes a nation was released and our class got to listen to some of it when we were working on assignments and things. Then I downloaded yo bum rush the show, It takes a nation, and fear of a black planet and I gotta admit all 3 were great listens. I probaby haven't listened to any PE in a few weeks but i'll have to get back into it sometime soon.


As for Criminal Minded I went through a bunch of online lists looking for the best rappers, hip hop acts ever about a year or two ago when I really got into this and KRS One was a constant on almost every list. So I got the BDP stuff and return of the boom bap and became a fan of his music, although it took a while to get into it. "The Bridge Is Over" is one of my favorite tracks of all time of criminal minded.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

Great list. Doe or Die woulda made my list tho, lol. But still, nice ;).
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

I forgot Doe or Die, a couple of them are more homer picks for Michigan Hip-Hop but they are worthy of being mentioned. I'll probably revise this list at a later date.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

93 'til Infinity may crack the top 10 whenever I get around to getting 50 in order. I have been playing that for the past few days non-stop. Thanks for bringing that to my attention Dre.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

I'm not a huge fan of the second half of the blackstar album. Probably won't crack the top ten.


I think Masters of the Universe may be as good as any hip-hop album I have heard. If you haven't heard it do yourself a favor and check it out.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

Great list. My quick thoughts...

1) Raising Hell and Stillmatic would be higher (for my list)
2) No Chitlin Circuit 1.5? I LOVE Little Brother, that's their best work IMO.
3) No ATLiens!?!?
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

I haven't checked out Chitlin Circuit 1.5 but I will get on that ASAP. I prefer Aquemini to ATLiens which is why I put it up there.
 

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I liked Aquemini (Skew It On The Bar-B >>>) but I love that vibe of ATLiens. Every time I listen to that album, my top-5 MCs of all-time lists changes to make space for 3 stacks.

And listen to CC 1.5 quickly. Like....right now. In my book, it's a modern day classic.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

Alright i'm about to dip for a few hours but i'll check it within the week.


And BTW only the first 10 are in order. I'm gonna rank the whole thing in a little while.
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

There's Illmatic, Ready to Die, Enter the Wu-Tang.. and then there's everything else. That's like the holy trinity of rap music. Isn't it?
 

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Re: Bball's top 50 hip-hop albums of all-time

A lot of people would probably put The Chronic up there, as well.
 

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**** no. Doggystyle is better.. and I go back and forth if it's even better than 2001.
 
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