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And The Beat Goes On…

Lists are fun but tedious. When they are done properly they are well documented and researched. I apologize to all of you readers that caught me slipping on the title for Jay-Z’s greatest album. What I called the Dynasty should have been the Blueprint. Blame me for being old and not using Google to refresh my memory, but my argument still stands. The Blueprint is when we finally see Jay-Z has got other shit on his mind way more than rapping. To let the track ride where Eminem kills it and not return to the lab to match him verse for verse Jay-Z was in effect saying, “Fuck it, I’m done.” That’s why I said he should have retired then. This way he could have been like Jordan after he hit that jumper over Byron Russell to trump the Jazz. Everyone puts Reasonable Doubt on their lists, but for me that album was too formulaic. It took pieces and style points from OB4CL, Illmatic and Ready To Die. The Blueprint was Jay-Z at the top of the mountain.

When I put Lil’ Kim’s first album in the top 25 list I was giving props at the same time to B.I.G. who we all know wrote that album. I remember that I was even ready to jump out the window and say that Lauryn Hill was the G.O.A.T. for her album Miseducation, but after listening to it this weekend I didn’t like it as much as I did before. It is still a great Hip-Hop album but I don’t want it in my top 25 anymore. XXL Mag Dot Commenter Dr. Flav made a good point to say that these lists change depending on your moods and whether or not you are altered. I’m ready to change my first list significantly enough that I have to drop a second list I will call the 26-50 greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time. A lot of these joints could be recognized in the top 25 while some belong on a second string list of great albums. The operative phrase being “Get in where you fit in.” Tell me what you think about these…

26. Too Short – Life Is… Too $hort (Twenty five fucking years in the game!)
27. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane, Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (Arguably the blueprints for Jay-Z and NaS)
28. JayLib – Champion Sound (I came to Dilla’s soundscape late with this album but I still bump it often and not just in February)
29. Slum V – Fantastic, V.2, J Dilla – Welcome To Detroit (More Dilla fireworks)
31. Busta Rhymes – When Disaster Strikes (Before he started to suck Busta was the shit)
32. Goodie Mob – Soul Food (Another album that could be further up on the list because of their influence on Hip-Hop socially, and regionally)
33. Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (Bittersweet album because of all the potential of B.I.G. as an artist)
34. Bone, Thugs and Harmony – E.1999 Eternal (BTnH’s disk is definitely a top 25 holdover)
35. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (F The Police is classic, but the entire album doesn’t play as strong over time)
36. The Roots – Do You Want More?, Illadelph Halflife, Things Fall Apart (The Roots doesn’t have a top 25 album but they are the first group that I have paid $75 to listen to live. That’s Rolling Stones type scrilla)
39. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (Before I get screamed on by my cousin from the ‘Bridge)
40. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Okay, I concede that Lauryn is NOT the G.O.A.T. of rap music)
41. Mos Def – The New Danger (Mos is a talented rapper who pushes the boundaries of Hip-Hop)
42. OutKast – The Love Below (Speaking on pushing boundaries and G.O.A.T.s, 3000 should reside in your top 10)
43. Diamond D – Stunts, Blunts and Hip-Hop
44. Big Pun – Capital Punishment
45. Big L – The Bigger Picture
46. The Diplomats – Diplomatic Immunity (Someone beat me in the head for not top 25’ing this album. Real talk is that it makes this list because of the monster track Dipset Anthem)
47. LL Cool J – Radio (The GOAT’s G.O.A.T.)
48. M.O.P. – Warriorz (Even this album could be ranked higher. Cold As Ice)
49. dead prez – Let’s Get Free (Slightly edging out Poor Righteous Teachers and X-Clan for a top 50 slot)
50. Slick Rick – The Adventures Of Slick Rick (The ruler’s back. ONE50, are you fucking happy now?!?)

Lists are hell’a fun and I still don’t have any Tribe albums listed or even EPMD. Damn, I need to do this shit over again.

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