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.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    That Diplomat Album was epic when it dropped…I think its time for another…

  • chris

    I might be gettin of the topic but so what. Im tired of rading these comments and everybody hatin on Jay Z. Let us not remember where we come from. Hov it the best that ever did it. We can argue biggie and pac but unfortunately there lives were cut short. Second listen to some old jay z he was ahead of his time. Now we have new hip hop you know the snap music which is cool and I’m a fan. But remember back in the 90′s when you was riding round in you car wit the windows rolled down cuz you AC ain’t work but ya trunk was bangin and what was playin……That jigga give me another rapper that held it down for 10 years staight……don’t worry I’ll wait…..yeah you can’t think of one. I know he changed his style since then but he’s grown up now he can’t rap about selling drugs and shit like that no more cuz it would be a lie cuz he’s a buisness man now. Also wit this whole def jam thing I don’t understand what people are talking bout cuz if it wasn’t for him there would be no def jam. Who do you think was holding def jam down for all those years yup Rocafella Records now he’s moved up it might take him a minute to get everything rolling but look at some of the artist thats doing good….Jezzy,Luda,Rihanna,Neyo,Rick Ross,and soon fab when that album drop. Oh and that sigel album that will be coming out in the fall. He’s what every rapper in the industry wants to be if the want to admit it or not a self made man from Marcy Projects. Jay Z is the greatest rapper alive he might not be the best right now but he’s the greatest rapper alive ask Wezzy………..LOL………LOL

  • bkey12

    no 2pac yet….

  • Incilin

    First of all, there is no god dam way Diplomatic Immunity is gonna be on that list. No way. At least, Come Home With Me I could live with, but no way with that one. I totally have to disagree.

    Second, Paid In Full ought to be in top 10, or at least 25, for the very reason you stated. Rakim practically invented modern day rhyming, and I still hear ppl biting lines form that album. Plus he’s the blueprint for Em and GZA as well (both whom have top 25 appearences)

    Mos Def’s New Danger was a terrible outing; Black On Both Sides is his magnum opus. And like Bol said; its the backpackers read to die. New Danger was experimental, but a fail experiment at that. Plus where’s “Blackstarr” That’s a top 25 (Or even 10) for me but I aint seen taht on no ones list.

    Speakerboxxx is the better side to that double, and that should be there with Love Below.

    And another error; The Big L album your referring to is “The Big Picture” And that doesn’t belong on this list either. Plus if you can’t even remember the title why is it here? I let the Jay one slip cuz I knew what you were talking about because of the Em reference (Even tho I must be one of the only ppl to think Jay spit better than Em in the second verses). L was nice, but died before he could really make a classic.

    Nice to see Bone Thugs and Dead Prez get some love.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    The Big Picture, The Bigger Picture, I am going off the top of the head here and that album could have been in top 25 considering Big L is a top 20 emcee.

    Instead of picking and choosing indiv. albums create your own list and submit it.

  • GERALD N. THE BIRDMAN

    Southernplayalistic is my favorite of all time. Perhaps making 25 personal favorite albums would be a better idea. For example, I feel that the Chronic is a classic album but would not make my fav 25.

  • dduubbzz

    Did you really just say the Diplomat Alubum was EPIC? Ha…EPIC? hahaha…are you of the fucking reservation? I mean..it was coo…but EPIC…damn..to much dick riding there

  • yung ceasa

    now me bein 16, from cleveland, and growin up on tha same block as bone did (E.99 and St. Clair)….that bone album would automatically be a top 25 pick. so would college dropout (i dont care wat anybody thinks late registration was not better), Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik, NWA Straight Outta Compton, Nas Illmatic, etc. i kinda strayed from tha point i was tryin to make but bone thugs are one of tha most important pieces to music history…listen to niggas like nelly, or fisty (50) or ja (that nigga fell off hard), and even tha new white, black hope justin timberlake (listen to that new timbo track thats everywherre you look) these and many more artists that cant possibly be named herre basically swagger jacked bone’s style. name a time before E. 1999 that a tribute song had that crossover value. overall tha point im tryin to make is that bone is criminally overlooked for their contributions to not just to rap music, but music as whole…..i put E. 1999 at tha top of my favorite all time rap albums because no other rap act (evar!) has made that kinda impact and still gets no type of recognition for it.

  • john cochran

    Yall can hate on the dips, but I cant front when that shit came out I was bangin that shit. They’re genious atpickin beats. I dont see how you aint put Rakim Allah on the first one, just for gp. He started the style niggas was usin for the whole decade. I agree though, the lists change depending on mood, but the essentals never change. It’s your list, but I wouldda put some X or LOX on there. Swizz was at his peak and so were styles and kiss. But you may not like street shit so Im not knockin you.

  • that dude

    With out Legal Drug Money, these lists are null invoid

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    good look on that diplomatic immunity. that was a hot album

  • T.R.E.Y.

    dead-on on Blueprint, i’m tired of people knee-jerk choosin’ certain artists’ debut album as their “best,” “hungriest” or whatever, when it jez ain’t always true. i can name a good few Jay albums i bump more than RD.

    that said, i woulda put Life After Death over RTD, but ya know.

  • thecollinb

    Sunday, close your Mac Book Pro, stand up, and kill yo self.

  • Danny

    Diplomatic Immunity is #1 on my list!!

    That cd was epic…

    Ya dig?

  • ThingAlec

    Speakerboxx/The LOve Below is one of my fave albums. And i have no beef with you putting TLB on the list. But where did Andre actually rap on that. It was mostaly love ballads. Speakerboxxx was the better of the 2.

    And as for Mobb Deep, i agree with you on that. Infamous is a very overrated album. My friend did a top 25 list and it was ahead of Illmatic? How is that possible?

  • Danny

    Oh and I would beat you in the head for not top 25ing it too…

    Thats called “Hating” and you know it…

    Ya dig?

  • king blair

    though em killed renegade he did not out rap jay, if you listen closely jay verse had more complexcity an depth than em’s. em sounded desperate to kill the track in order to not embarass himself like a kid looking for approval from his proud father

  • iNfAmOuS

    It’s good to finally see Dead Prez on someone’s list. I’ve said this before, but I gotta say it again…where’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’? I’m a fan of good music n this album was epic. This 50 album is already a classic.

  • smog

    again more then one album in one slot? shit dont make no sense

  • Malik C.

    Wait did you leave a Talib album yet? Seriously, what the hell. Talib+Hi Tek is the best way to listen to him. Also, where’s DMX? Whatever, I’ll list my top 25 here a little later.

  • stupid

    wheres ja

  • Belize

    Cheater!
    How u gonna cram 2 albums in 27? I should call ur High School teacher!

    u got balls puttin the New Danger..its good but as an “album”, …..well it justifies The love Below atleast

  • Incilin

    Your right, I should make my own list. But I been trying to make this list for years and just can’t do it. I always end up changing my opinion before I even get to the end. In fact I been waiting for this list to come up on this site for a long time now (I really wish YN would post his own list, that would be interesting). Your ties are a good idea, and fine I’ll try and make an actual list again.

  • VARep

    My personal top 25, I did the shit quick so I probly left something out. I can’t give Pac a spot either, his albums were not cohesive enough, and he had a lot of shitty beats.
    25)Pharcyde-Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
    24)MF Doom-Operation Doomsday
    23)Masta Ace-Disposable Arts
    22)Camron-Come Home With Me
    21)De La Soul-Stakes is High
    20)Mos Def and Talib-Blackstar
    19)Cormega-The Realness
    18)Slick Rick-Great Adventures
    17)Goodie Mob-Soul Food
    16)Jedi Mind Tricks-Violent by Design
    15)Common-Like Water for Chocolate
    14)Jay-Z-The Blueprint
    13)Fugees-The Score
    12)Tribe Called Quest-Midnight Marauders
    11)Eric B. and Rakim-Paid in Full
    10)Gangstarr-Moment of Truth
    9)Ghostface-Supreme Clientele
    8)Outkast-Aquemini
    7)Dr.Dre-2001
    6)Dr.Dre-The Chronic
    5)GZA-Liquid Swords
    4)Wu-Tang Clan-Wu-Tang Forever
    3)Notorious B.I.G.-Ready to Die
    2)Wu-Tang Clan-36 Chambers
    1)Nas-Illmatic

  • Dr Flav

    I got an honorable mention! Feels good to be heard, because I was trying to speak as real as I could about it. Its almost impossible to make a list that is universally liked and respected, due to region, age, life experience and other mitigating factors. So why get mad or even dis the next dudes list, its called MY top whatever list not OUR or YOURS. Good job on pointing out certain memorys and experiences to validate your choices Mr Sunday.

  • ONE50

    haha ya damn right!

  • b-ease

    Jay-Z actually recorded his verse for “Renegades” after Eminem.

    Jay heard a version of the song with Royce the 5’9 (you can find it) and asked Em if he could replace Royce on the track and use it for the Blueprint. It was one of the causes of the Em-Royce “beef”.

  • Incilin

    Rather than actaully make a list I picked albums I considered top tens, top 11-20, and top 20s. Their not in any particular order. This is as close as I can get, and even then I’m not totally sure. I admit it has a 90s bias. And not much 80s because truthfully I just haven’t gotten into PE, EPMD, KRS, and Kane just yet. One day I might, but I just haven’t yet. I tried to make sure I put albums taht I at least know 50% of the lyrics to so I wasn’t putting them there just because of what others say.

    Top 10
    Nas – Illmatic
    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
    Eric b. & Rakim – Paid In Full
    Dr. Dre – The Chronic
    Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
    2pac – All Eyes On Me
    Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Links
    Notorious BIG – Ready To Die
    Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
    Mos Def – Black on Both Sides

    11-20
    Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    Blackstarr – Blackstarr
    2pac – Me Against The World
    GZA – Liquid Swords
    Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    Ghostface Killah – Ironman
    Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
    Mobb Deep – The Infamous
    Kanye West – The College Dropout
    Prince Paul – A Prince Amongst Thieves

    20s
    Ice Cube – Death Certificate
    50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Trying
    Bone Thugs & Harmony – East 1999
    DMX – It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot
    NWA – Straight Outta Compton
    Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
    Ludacris – Chicken and Beer
    The Roots – Things Fall Apart
    Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    Big Pun – Capital Punishment

  • ONE50

    25. Doo Wop – 95 Live (the hardest mixtape ever, yeah I know)

    24. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Old school faovrite)

    23. Red Man – Muddy Waters (Funk Doctor Spock entertainment for that ass)

    22. Scarface – The World is Yours (Face got it pop’n for the south)

    21. Scarface – The Fix ( Scarface with the comeback gem over a decade later)

    20. Blackmoon – Enter da Satage (grimey beats and lyrics)

    19. AZ – Aziatic (the most slept on joint of all time)

    18. Jay Z – Hard Knock Life (that summer heat joint that put Jay Z on top)

    17. Mobb Deep – Murda Muzic (malodic hypnotic productions that’s f’ck with you conscience and touch your emotions)

    16. Notorious BIG – Life after Death Disk 2 (Biggie went out with in a blaze of glory)

    15. Jay Z – THe Blue Print (this is where you get your swagger from)

    13T GZA – Liquid Swords (GZA put it down for the WU most of yall slept)

    13T Raekwon – Only Built for Cuban Linx (this is the purple tape)

    12. Smiff n Wessun – Da Shinin (Steele and Tech played the mic like a game of tennis)

    11. Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP(Em killed it)

    10. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt (this is the peoples favorite)

    9. Nas – It Was Written (people hated on this album. Why? I just wanna take this moment to say that I Gave You Power is the hardest rap concept ever!)

    8. Mobb Deep – The Infamous (listen to this and a fight might jump off)

    7. Run DMC – Run DMC (Hip hop got her cherry popped on this joint)

    6. Wu Tang – Enter the 36 Chambers (this album is above and beyond, nothing like it)

    5. Public Enemy – It takes A Nation of Millions To hold us Back (PE spoke for the youth in a way no one have been able to dub yet)

    4. Slick Rick – The Great adventures of Slick Rick (I had to do this for the first rap album that was heat fromt he first to the last song)

    3. Dr. Dre – The Chronic (classick west coast on top of the game)

    2. Nas – Illmatic (every bar is straight out of fort knox)

    1. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die (me everybody and their grandmother got
    blown away on the first listen)

  • xxxxl

    hahaaa nuff respect to outkast….love below/speakerboxx or wahtevr….sold fucking diamond. big up to outkast

  • xxxxl

    and LMAOOOO at incilin…did u just put chicken n beer in the 20s? …shit was GARBAGE. i copped it….disappointed as fuck.

  • http://xxlmag kane corleone

    I’m going to say this everyone’s list is supposed to be different this is not china,you’re supposed to have your own opinion and taste thats what makes this racist ass country so great,i dont want u to have the same 25 top list as mine i know i came up different than u,different times and expirences seen rap go thru some shit,I remember when my homies dad MR.Parker said this shit aint gonna last its just a fad and i was 11 at the time nigga now i’ll be 31 on May 29,and look I’m still saying biiiiiiiiittttcccchhhh word to Todd Shaw!!!!!!!

  • ill will

    new danger suck. fuck a singing mos def

  • dirty

    im feeling the list for the most part except i dont ever understand why nobody ever remembers the “Its dark and hell is hot” or “capital punishment” where im from theyll always be classic.

  • http://xxlmag.com DC’s Finest

    Top 5, for me, cut me some slack, even though i’m only 15 years old, I probaly kno more than these 20 year old Dipset fans…(Yes Bol)…err 30.

    1 Jay-Z-Blueprint
    2 Tupac-All eyes on Me
    3 Dre The-Chronic
    4 Common-Be
    5 Nas-Illmatic

    Honorable Mentions:
    When the smoke clears-3-6 mafia
    Chronic 2000-Dre
    Dem old Outkast joints
    Stillmatic-Dis is when Jay saved Nas career. Still, ether was dog shit compared to Takeova
    Reasonable Doubt-This should b #1 but i’m too lazy to change it

  • Incilin

    #
    xxxxl Says:

    April 30th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    and LMAOOOO at incilin…did u just put chicken n beer in the 20s? …shit was GARBAGE. i copped it….disappointed as fuck.

    Yeah, that don’t belong there. I kinda jus wanted something southern, but I never listened to Face. But that album is really good tho, and plenty of fun.

  • beeyo

    Jay verse on Renegade was crazy, his flow just doesn’t hit you as hard as Ems does when you first hear it.

    Dip Immunity is “epic” because of the beats, but some of the verses are crazy though.

    Just heard Rakims verse on Kanyes “Classic”. Blew my fuckin brain outta my skull.

  • tseliot

    any of the heads i know agree that “speakerboxxx” is far superior to “the love below.” it’s all the kids who are ready to jump on the trend-wagon who prefer andre’s album because it’s “weird,” “jazzy,” or whatever the fuck it is — and whatever the fuck it is, from a lyrical and artistic standpoint, “speakerboxxx” trumps it.

  • DARILLEZT

    keep noz name out your mouth, keep noz name out your mouth, keep noz name out your mouth cos you AINT BUILT LIKE DAT!^!

  • Were Read 2 Def

    >I just wanna take this moment to say that I Gave You Power is the hardest rap concept ever!

    ^I glad 2 hear that someone else feels the same way that I do.

  • SKEEN

    TRICK DADDY’S BEEN HOLDIN IT DOWN FOR 10 YEARS. GET OFF JIGGA’S NUTS. HE WAS JUST FILLIN SPOTS ON CD’S HALF OF THOSE TEN YEARS. IF NEW YORK CITY WASN’T SO FUCKIN’ OVER POPULATED BY SUB-100 IQ’S, JAY-Z WOULDN’T EVEN BE CONSIDERED BEST ALL TIME. HE WOULDN’T OF HAD TO FAKE-RETIRE TO GET HIS SALES UP. OPEN YOUR EYES EER-BODY. THEN HE COMES BACK WITH “SHOW ME WHAT U GOT”, DOING BEER COMMERCIALS? NOW THAS GANGSTA. WAKE UP PEOPLE. YOUR FAVORITE SO CALLED BEST RAPPER WHERE’S A SUIT AND TIE TO WORK. NOW CHRIS UP THERE ASKED WHOS HELD IT DOWN FOR 10 STRAIGHT YEARS. HE SHOULDA ASKED, WHO’S KEPT IT REAL AND STAYED TRUE TO HIS ROOTS. (TRICK DADDY, WHO’S FACED ALL HIS PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW HEAD-ON LIKE A MAN. NOT PAYING OFF HIS HOMEBOYS TO TAKE THE RAP, JUST LIKE DIDDY’S BITCH ASS) THAT’S WHAT OLD RICH WHITE GUYS DO.

    S0 IS JAY-Z EVEN STILL BLACK? HE OWNS AN NBA TEAM. EXCUSE ME, CO-OWNS, HE DOES COMERCIALS FOR BEER AND COMPUTERS, WITH DALE JR. HE’S A TRUE BUSINESSMAN, I GIVE HIM THAT. SO WHY ARE WE SO CONVINCED THAT HE’S GANGSTA? HE IS THE EPITOMY OF A SELL OUT. (BESIDES DIDDY & MASTER P)

  • Incilin

    #
    tseliot Says:

    May 1st, 2007 at 6:47 am

    any of the heads i know agree that “speakerboxxx” is far superior to “the love below.” it’s all the kids who are ready to jump on the trend-wagon who prefer andre’s album because it’s “weird,” “jazzy,” or whatever the fuck it is — and whatever the fuck it is, from a lyrical and artistic standpoint, “speakerboxxx” trumps it.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Wait, didnt u think Speakboxxx off the walls and werid? I aint never heard songs like Gettho Musik anywhere else. And Love Below just sounds like some Prince type shit. I mean, their still great but I’m just saying.

  • EReal

    Stillmatic-Dis is when Jay saved Nas career. Still, ether was dog shit compared to Takeova
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    HUH?

    though em killed renegade he did not out rap jay, if you listen closely jay verse had more complexcity an depth than em’s.
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Double, HUH? HUHHHHHH??????

  • PAC FOR LIFE

    YOU CAN SUCK A FAT ONE AND DIE,
    PAC WAS BETTER THEN BIGGIE ASS ALL THE HOODS BUT NEW YORK KNOW PAC WAS BETTER, F.CK YALL PAC NUMBER 1 FOR LIFE. I SWEAR TO GOD PEOPLE I KNOW DON’T LIKE BIGGIE SHIT, PUFFY STIIL HATE PAC DUMMY,

  • Fernando

    What a weak list. Damn, I wouldnt listen to half of that garbage.

  • Some Guy From Toronto

    “Its almost impossible to make a list that is universally liked and respected, due to region, age, life experience and other mitigating factors.” DR FLAV – word. I’ve got 2 lists … one for what I “believe” are the best albums ever made, or what should be required listening before you get to have an opinion. The second are my “favorite” albums ever made – which are of couse, in MY opinion. The Order’s aphabeltical and neither Big nor Pac are on it…

    Classics…
    Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique
    Common – Ressurection
    Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
    De La – 3 Feet High and Rising
    Dre – The Chronic
    G. Rap – Live & Let Die
    Gang Starr – Hard To Earn
    Ice-T – Power
    Jay – The Blueprint
    Jeff & The Prince – He’s the DJ I’m the Rapper
    Kast – ATLelins
    KRS-One – Return of the Boom Bap
    LL – Bigger and Deffer
    M.O.P – Firing Squad
    MD&TK Are BlackStar
    Nas – Illmatic
    PE – Takes A Nation
    Quest – The Low End Theory
    Rae – Cuban Links
    Slick Rick – The Great Adventures…

    Favorites…
    Black Moon – Enta Da Stage
    Busta – Anarchy
    Cam’Ron – Purple Haze
    CNN – The War Report
    Danger Doom – The Mouse and The Mask
    Ghost – Supreme Clientel
    Goodie Mob – Still Standing
    Kast – Aquemini
    Little Brother – The Listening
    Mobb Deep – The Infamous
    Mos – Black on Both Sides
    Murs – 3:16 The 9th Edition
    Nas – Illmatic
    PE – Fear Of A Black Planet
    Quest – Midnight Mauraders
    Redman – Whut Thee Album
    Sean Price – Monkey Barz
    Snoop – DoggyStyle
    SV – Fantastic Voyage V.I
    The Roots – The Tipping Point

  • doug

    the diplomat album doesnt even touch minstrel show man, as well as number pac, nas and jay albums, shit all of LB’s albums ad mixtapes are better

  • boner jams 03

    Billy, props for bein a stabd up nigga and sayin some real shit on these lists…the love below was one of the most amazing, genre-bending, creative albums i ever heard..”she lives in my lap” still gives me the same screwface head-nod “i can’t beleive how good this shit im listening to” face like it did when i first heard it in 03

  • rizzop

    Cant really argue wit ONE50′s list……

  • Ali

    no offense but stick to 25 next time….too short? he’s been talkin about girls for 16 FUCKIN ALBUMS he aint got nuttin else 2 say he sucks dick

  • k0nfidence

    A-FUCKING-MEN. finally e 1999 eternal getting some love. that’s bone thugs best werk right there. and diplomatic immunity was hot when it dropped…it’s a shame everyone in the diplomat camp is ass…except for hell rell of course. GET EM RUGER!!!