The Ten Albums I Will Take On The Mothership…

Since today is the moment of truth for me here at XXL mag dot com I pulled down this drop that I have been holding in the “Drafts” queue for over a year. Rarely do you have the opportunity to leave someplace with your dignity fully intact. I am thankful for the chance I have had to politic with you all.

I keep these ten albums in a backpack by the door so that when my spaceship calls me I can just grab them up and get on board. See you all on the internets…

Only Built For Cuban Linx – The G.O.A.T. rap album, even ahead of that NaS joint. OB4CL > all trap-rap-gangster fantasy lifestyle records. All of them.

The Low End Theory – There are too many Native Tongue albums to choose from. What sealed the deal for me was that this is the joint that ‘Scenario’ was on.

Fear Of A Black PlanetPublic Enemy would chop fifty samples to make ONE track. You would need an entire office of ASCAP lawyers to do that shit today. The Bomb Squad irrevocably shifted the soundscape of pop music. Chuck D is the most hardbody rhymer of all time.

Giant Steps – My favorite Coltrane album that helps me focus. When I am sitting awake in my apartment at 5am and I am writing shit until my fingers tighten up in a diabetic arthritic knot I think about ‘Trane and his resilience. There is definitely something better on the other side.

AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted – The only rap album I could ever recite from front to back.

Ready To Die – Thank GOD that he is already dead. I would hate for his legacy to be tarnished by a voicebox vocoder single with Diddy on the hook.

Chameleon – The group LaBelle were like Sirenes mashed up with the intensity of the Stygian witches and the beauty of the Supremes. When Nona Hendryx wrote the line “nobody seems to mind that the water is rising high” in 1975 for ‘Who’s Watching The Watcher?’ I thought that these ladies had time traveled to New Orleans 2005. If you don’t know about these three fierce bitches, now you know.

Innervisions – Copp this album. Not now, right now. ‘Too High’, ‘Living For The City’, ‘All In Love Is Fair’, ‘Higher Ground’. This album is ALL hits.

Graduation – This CD was built for space travel. Bring your own robot though.

Mothership Connection – How are you going to get on the mothership without this classic album? Swing down sweet chariot and let me ride.

  • kelito =-vision

    looking at some of the wack albums you’re taking with you on the mothership, i don’t think you’re going to be missed. Graduation? Low End Theory? really? Oreo rap records? Bye, homie….

    • Justice4all

      ***This Is The List***

      *The Black Album*(Pure Intensity)
      *The Chronic*(The Album that changed all production practices)
      *Criminal Minded*(N.Y. turf wars)
      *Amerikkka’s Most Wanted*(Classic)
      *The Blueprint*(Countless Hits)
      *The Chronic 2001*(Changed Production practices again–Damn Dre’!!)
      *EFIL4ZAGGIN*(The Revolution Starts Here)
      *7 Day theory*(This is beef mixed with Poetry)
      *Graduation*(Brought hip hop back)
      *The Testament by “Blak” Holy Hop has to be on the ship dude, we all need Jesus!!!! Everyone should cop this one!!!!

    • The Spaniard

      That list sucks balls. To each his own, I suppose…

  • Penelope Rodriguez

    What???

    You’re leaving!?

  • Yaw Dankwa

    Yo, are you seriously getting fired? Why? In the words of Steve Harvey in ‘You Got Served’ (LOL I know), It’s a Damn Shame. It’s not even like you’re a bad blogger. I guess it’s not just the XXL Magazine that seems to be messing up nowadays.

  • http://www.going.com/larrybrite larry brite

    its the dope raps @ low cost
    my thoughts on love gained & love lost

    i suppose showing emotion should sound really soft?
    but i really don’t care what u thought was going on here

    for a plethera of raps, please stay right there.

    amusing vocal workshop, for even verbally impaired
    we shock the shit outta consumers like a mad cow scare

    Really how can we look bad when WE THE DOPEST OUT HERRR

    Things fall apart, so okay player, are u listening?
    i’ma fucking bring anarchy starting this year, till infinity – never finishing – your diminishing – loosing your blood line like a kennedy

    a string of tragidys resembeling my own families mis-haps

    the 1st thing i remember is that – my one cousen smoked crack, and another had a father as a unknown fact

    see we chemically dependent, my momma never pictured it! i think about this like every fuckin time i take a shi%

    and even tho the situations bleek- it’s only what u make of it – cause now my line is filled with moe fuckas that will scrimage a B!

    hit em up with 2 lines just to mess em up an pillage it – funky as gorilla shit – feel my sting that slays like i’m venomis

    you battin’ .120 – i already know just why u missing this -

  • Pierzy

    I agree with some of them and would put them on my list as well:

    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
    Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z before he became JAY-Z)
    Wu-Tang Forever (More polished and deeper than 36 chambers)
    The Chronic (Changed the game)
    Illmatic (Breathtaking)
    Doggystyle (Took The Chronic to another level)
    The Blueprint (Jigga at his height)
    Ready To Die (Brought the east coast back)
    Dogg Food (Kurupt at his very best over classic Daz beats)
    We Are The Streets (I need some L-O-X on there)

    • Pierzy

      I’m listening to “Fear Of A Black Planet” right now and I may have to bump one of the albums above in favor of it…

      • og bobby j

        excelletn list cuz….for me, I take off dogg food and out capital punishment….but cannot knock the rest of it.

  • jonathan

    yeah we are sure so many tricks are being done the point is your standing up for them! we all know what i beem through i stated it! you understand you cant try your best to make me look like a creep but we all know whats going on! you understand giver me a protools and a biunch of audio and i can do whatever! i dont gotta cut up your loops! you understand goodluck! devil horns! yeah we rule! yeah we rule dude! you understand! goodluck!

  • Rizob

    Really,…………….Billy, you are one the most ignorant bloggers i’ve ever read, if you are closing the door on one career venture, i hope that you leave that ignorance behind you, good luck on your next career opportunity.

    ps: and stop all the dick-riding…..:-)

  • BUKKA BUKKA

    You off?

  • DETROIT

    WITHOUT A DOUBT, ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX IS THE BEST RAP ALBUM EVER!!!!!!

    WITH “DEATH CERTIFICATE”, BY ICE CUBE, A CLOSE SECOND!

  • ian

    my 10 would be:

    straight outtta compton
    the chronic
    illmatic
    ready to die
    enter the wu tang
    only built 4 cuban linx
    criminal minded
    paid in full
    life after death
    raising hell

  • k swanger

    It’s not going to be the same at XXL.com…

    …second thought…it probably will…

    But I’ll catch you the other site.

  • TheCo!!inB

    did they throw an Obama for you with fruited brown liqour…..xxl seems like they’re a white liquor mag anyway.

  • http://xxlmag.com Ben

    Peace out Billy the kid, fuck fagget ass Rizob, he probably wants to suck off that jay video blogger who thinks his vlogs are witty and savvy, you were the most hardbody blogger on here, (no homo) good luck on the nets homie.

  • ThaRealBoiWonder

    Ima young cat but mine would be
    Graduation
    Tha Carter
    KING
    Stillmatic
    All Eyez On Me
    Stankonia
    I’m Serious
    Trap Muzik
    Any Jay-Z album besides Kingdom Come
    Last but not least… A mix of the best slow jamz cause (hopefully)a gorgeous young woman will be able to accompany on this journey.

  • giantstepp

    I like your style BXS, really I do. But for the life of me I can’t understand how you aint feeling The Legendary Mackivelli Da Don!! I aint gonna start this into a debate over Pac and I’ve heard your position a number of diferent times (some disrespectful IMO)…but I just dont get it and probably never will (and vice versa im sure)…peace.

  • KLETEWOOD

    I roll with these 10 classics.

    In a major Way
    Ready to Die
    I hate you with a Passion
    All Eyez on me
    Get Rich or Die Trying
    Ruthless By Law
    The Eminem Show
    Dogg Food
    The Chronic
    Lethal Injection

    As you can see….I ride for the West; Nevertheless, I know every lyric on Ready to Die. But, I don’t have one album from the South that I can call a classic. Maybe Ludacris…Word Of Mouth. The intro on that album is the shit.

    • MoSound

      Dogg…We Cant Be Stopped by Geto Boys, Til Death Do Us Part by Geto Boys, Soul Food by Goodie Mob, ATliens by Outkast, Southernplayalistic.. by Outkast, Somethin’ Serious by Big Mike(The Mc, not the DJ)On Top Of The World by 8ball and MJG, Ridin Dirty by UGK, Ghetto Dope by Master P, The Dude by Devin, The Diary by Scarface( hell his whole catalog),Piece Of Mind by Tela…You Get The Picture!!!

  • JAY STONE

    Graduation – This CD was built for space travel. Bring your own robot though.
    _____________________________________—
    LMAO

  • JAY STONE

    Graduation – This CD was built for space travel. Bring your own robot though.
    ______________________________________
    LMAO

  • Gooch

    Damn dog, the end of an era….

    You know I’ma see out on the town though…. gotta catch a Knick game next year. Front row

  • Rudebwoy

    i fuck wit capitol punishment all day over any of these records. but everyone has their opinions. but i feel that capitol punishment is always left out of the “best lp of all time lists”.

    i know the majority will have someone else in there top 5, but big pun (capitol punishment)should definately be in the top 10 best lp’s of all time. word!

    • Tray

      Not so much. But Dah Shinin is a top ten rap album for me and no one talks about it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/teethreemusic TEETHREE

    no ATLiens??

  • al andalus

    top ten
    get rich or die tryin
    illmatic
    endangered species
    all eyes on me
    only built for cuban links
    revolutionary volume 2
    ready to die
    chronic 2001
    the eminem show
    documentary

  • dURTY sOutH

    I can agree wit u on AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and Ready To Die; fuck the rest though.

    I’d take:
    Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
    Outkast – ATLiens
    Outkast – Aquemini

    Goodie Mob – Soul Food
    Goodie Mob – Still Standing

    8Ball and MJG – Comin Out Hard
    8Ball and MJG – On the Outside Looking In
    8Ball and MJG – On Top of the World

    UGK – Ridin’ Dirty

    Scarface – The Diary
    Scarface – The Untouchable

    2Pac – Me Against the World

    damn!
    I gues i’d have to go wit 12 albums rather than 10.

    yeah u’ma A-town nicca, so it ain’t to much up north shit i ride wit;

    i would have to extend the list much longer b4 i’d even get close to the East coast (with the exception of Jigga and Biggie)

  • Michael

    1.Nas -Illmatic
    2.oasis (Whats The Story) Morning glory
    3.Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
    4.Eminem- MMLP
    5.Outkast Aquemini
    6.Mobb Deep – The Infamous
    7.The Rolling Stones- Let it Bleed
    8.U2- The Joshua tree
    9.Elton John- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    10. R.E.M.- Out OF Time

  • henry

    peace

  • master cheef

    don’t take it personal, guy. it’s a young guy’s game and you’re old as piss and gay as fuck.

    peace and hair grease. and all that shit.

  • Ghost Deini

    “Only Built For Cuban Linx – The G.O.A.T. rap album, even ahead of that NaS joint. OB4CL > all trap-rap-gangster fantasy lifestyle records. All of them.”

    Couldn’t agree more. People need to stop fronting on Linx.

  • geico lizard

    id like to say Aquemini should be given consideration for your mothership. that only built for cuban linx purple tape is so good i cant get tired of it. my only complaint is that criminology was too short but thats not really a complaint i guess

  • TEk

    “Ready To Die – Thank GOD that he is already dead. I would hate for his legacy to be tarnished by a voicebox vocoder single with Diddy on the hook.”

    Realest shit you ever wrote!

  • nellz

    my 10 are:

    1. biggy – life after death
    2. lupe – food & liquor/or the cool (whichever i grab 1st
    3. nas – illmatic
    4. linkin park – hybrid theory
    5. lil wayne – tha carter
    6. dmx – its dark and hell is hot
    7. kanye – graduation/or late registration (whichever i grab 1st)
    8. n.e.r.d. – fly or die
    9. clipse – hell hath no fury (need my crack raps)
    10. UNKLE – psyence fiction

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Co-signing geico lizard for Aquemini. Also, you left out that good Earth, Wind & Fire. “Shining Star”, “Fantasy” and “Let’s Groove” are super space aged.

    Wow. Score -1 for corporate Hip-Hop journalism. Not that I didn’t see it coming, because the way of corporate media is to cleanse themselves of truth tellers in order to keep sponsors safe from Al Sharpton. Just ask Nasir.

    Maybe Bush was right about one thing. It’s time for Americans to go into business for themselves and stop waiting for American companies to pay your bills. They hate what we say anyway.

  • Liam

    xxlmag’s loss, 4 sure

  • boogieland

    I read most of the comments- are xxl readers incapable of talking anything but hip hop? if all 10 of the albums you’d take with you are rappers– well, that’s just lame as hell. expand your minds xxl readers. stop being so damn gay.

    thank you for including coltrane and stevie wonder… classic indeed.

    anyways. peace and much success to you…

    yet another reason i won’t be coming to this site post june 1.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Shout out to everybody that put they ten albums on the table. Can you imagine how wack the spaceship will be with all the sheeple that brought the same ten albums?

    Shout to XXL/Harris Publishing because the majority of you humps wouldn’t ever read no shit I drop on Huffington Post.

    • Pierzy

      Huffington Post is the truth…I’ll catch you on there kid!

    • BK Slime

      are you really gone from here?

      or will you be doing both?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    master cheef,
    I don’t take it personal, because I understand that you are just a rap music doppelganger.

    In ten years you are the same cunt ass nigger that will be cheating someone colored out of a job they deserve because they are smarter than you and work harder than you. I call you nigger in the O.G. sense of the word.

    Nigger.

    • Bitchmade Coward Hater

      BECAUSE BILLY SAYS SO.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com brand-new

    cuban linx was a classic, but not better than illmatic
    1. nas-illmatic the holy grale of hip hop
    2. eric b. and rakim- paid in full inspired a whole generation
    3. big-ready to die big was hungry! raw album!
    4.jay-z-reasonable dought the melodies on this screams classic
    5.50 cent-guess whos back i always liked it better than get rich
    6 nas-it was written cuz illmatic always leaves you wanting more nas
    7 big pun-capital punishment the most overlooked lrycist great album
    8 gza-liquid swords the best wu album sorry
    9 kanye west-graduation it’s still in the cd player
    10. either mobb deep’s the infamous or capone and noreaga’s war report
    give me that, a bitch, a lil heny,a philly cheesesteak,and a cohiba and i’m straight!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    I have to cosign Pierzy on that Dogg Pound description Kurupt kilt it in every sense of the word!

    2pacalpse now
    dogg food
    sex packets
    music to drive by
    diary of a mad band
    strictly business
    long live the Kane
    death certificate
    bangin on wax(steady dippin cuz)
    Zapp and Roger greatest hits.

  • http://www.crownathornz.com Jay

    Bless! Wicked line up…xtra points for the Stevie and the Cube, but u shoulda threw the Nas in there after all! LOL

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Spaniard,
    Change your screen name to Coward.

    Where is your ten?

  • BIGNAT

    SHIT YOU REALLY GOING THAM UMM I CAN NOT THINK OF TEN FUCK IT THROW OUT WHAT I CAN THINK OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD
    SUPREME-GHOSTFACE
    BIG PUN -CAPITAL
    NAS- IILMATIC
    JAY- RESONABLE
    BIG- LIFE AFTER DEATH
    PAC- MAKAVELLI
    DRE- CHRONIC 2001
    OUTKAST- SPEAKERBOXX/LOVE BELOW
    OUTKAST- AQUEMINI
    RAE AND GHOST – OBFCL
    FUCK THAT I NEED MORE
    SNOOP DOOGY DOGG- DOGGYSTYLE
    T.I.- TRAP MUZIK
    KRUPT- THESE STREETS A MOTHER
    SCARFACE- MADE
    SCARFACE- THE FIX
    OKAY AND THROW OUT THE REST SOME BARRY WHITE BOTH NERD ALBUMS ALANIS MORISSETTE HER FIRST ALBUM BILAL OH SHIT COMMON BE MF DOOM MADVILLANY GORILLAZ DEMON DAYS OH YEAH LAURYN HILL LITTLE BROTHER ALL THERE ALBUMS AND MIXTAPES MOSE DEF HIS FIRST 2 ALBUMS SADE AND STEVIE WONDER THE ROOTS THINGS FALL APART AND RISING DOWN MASTER P GHETTO D LIL WANYE THE CARTER THAM THE FIRST WU JOINT AND WU TANG FOREVER AND THE W ANTHONY HAMILTON COMIN FROM WHERE I’M FROM PROJECT PAT GHETTY GREEN PUFF NO WAY OUT BOTH JOHN LEGEND CD’S REDMAN MUDDY WATERS KILLER MIKE I PLEDGE ALLEGANCE TO THE GRIND AND MUCH MORE FUCK A BAG I AM GOING NEED 3 160GIG IPODS TO TAKE ALL THE SHIT I WANT

  • DaHataCreata

    This is easy

    Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
    The Black Album
    Graduation
    Marshal Mathers LP
    Amerikkka’s Most Wanted
    Hybrid Theory
    The Chronic
    Thug Motivation 101 (Need some gangsta shit)
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Woodstock
    Illmatic

    No Pac, no Biggie!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    If you show up on Huffington Post, I’m D4L. I’m trying to pull a dailykos on these dewshbags.

    THE UNDERWRITER’S 10

    Sade – The Best of…
    Earth Wind and Fire – The Best of…
    N.W.A. – EfiL4zaggiN
    OutKast – Aquemini
    Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
    The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
    Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    The Fugees – The Score
    Bob Marley – Legend
    The White Stripes – Elephant

    BACKUP 10:

    Digital Underground – Sex Packets
    A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
    50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Trying
    Michael Jackson – Thriller
    Ice-T – Power
    Lil’ Wayne & DJ Drama – Dedication II
    Lenny Kravitz – The Best of…
    Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
    Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers
    Garbage – Version 2.0

  • Thhee

    Billy good luck, and i will miss your sport hip hop blogs, Peace

  • Worley

    “Since today is the moment of truth for me here at XXL mag dot com”

    Say it ain’t so.

    Top Ten plus a few

    Illmatic
    Cuban Linx
    Paid In Full
    By All Means Necessary
    Long Live The Kane
    Goin’ Off
    Low End Theory
    Reasonable Doubt
    Supreme Clientele
    All For One
    Death Certificate
    Unfinished Business
    Livin’ Proof
    Hard To Earn
    Step in the Arena
    Nice & Smooth
    Aquemini

    Alright, alright. That’s enough.

    Sunday, respect due pa.

  • Domjel

    Thanks for the knowledge.
    Peace to ya.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Underwriter,
    Swap that Blueprint for the classic O.D.B. joint and I will tell Chewbacca to swing the Falcon thru ATL.

    You understand that a blueprint is just a copy of the original? Ammonia reacts with the paper to give the print the navy hue.

    We got both B.I.G. albums so we don’t need the copy.

  • Vicious Seiger

    My List of Great Albums
    [Just Some of My Favorites]

    1. Chante Moore – A Love Supreme
    2. Godsmack [Self Entitled]
    3. Masta Ace Inc. – Sittin’ On Chrome
    4. Maxwell – Urban Hang Out Suite
    5. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
    6. Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
    7. Beanie Sigel – The Truth [ex. Whatcha Life Like = Classic]
    8. Usher – Confessions
    9. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    10. Teedra Moses – Complex Simplicity [Heavily Slept On Debut]

    There Are Too Many Great Albums To Name but these are some of the significant ones that come to mind Right Now.

    • H-Lo

      “10. Teedra Moses – Complex Simplicity [Heavily Slept On Debut]” – That I can confirm, probably the best HipHop-R’n'B album!

  • NAPtowns Crown

    Lemme throw my 10 into the melting pot

    in no order

    1. Kanye West: The College Dropout (since boys is takin Graduation I’ll take the original)
    2. 50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
    3. Lupe Fiasco: The Cool
    4. Eminem: The Eminem Show
    5. Jay-Z: The Black Album
    6. Jadakiss: Kiss of Death
    7. Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter
    8. Ludacris: Word of Mouf
    9. Jay-Z: The Blueprint
    10. Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor

    and here’s 5 in case I can’t find some

    11. Lloyd Banks: The Hunger For More
    12. Young Jeezy: Lets Get It: Thug Motivation 101
    13. T.I.: King
    14. Obie Trice: Second Round’s On Me
    15. Clipse: Lord Willin’

  • John Galt

    Respect, Billy. Here’s my list, no particular order, focusing mostly on replay value. I’ll go a baker’s dozen, too hard to do 10:

    1. Illmatic — Got on board pretty late, but this is the first CD that got me into this genre, primarily because it helped me with my running. Two marathons later, I’ll give Nas a little credit.
    2. Enter the Wu-Tang — Helps me run viciously.
    3. Graduation/College Dropout — Need ‘em both. Never Let You Down is my ultimate running song.
    4. The Black Album — Locks me in.
    5. John Legend, Get Lifted — Zones me out.
    6. Alice In Chains, Unplugged — Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
    7. Silverchair, Diorama — Saw them in concert night before Rock the Bells ’07. Both were tremendous.
    8. Live, Throwing Copper — Favorite rock album.
    9. Pearl Jam, Ten — Not far off.
    10. Stone Temple Pilots, Purple — Ditto.
    11. Incubus, Light Grenades — Favorite contemporary rock.
    12. Lupe, The Cool — Symbolizes to me endless potential.

    Got some rock in there but I grew up on that. An open mind is important, key word being mind. Props, my man. I’ll keep checking for you.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    John Galt,
    You still out here pimpin’?

    I fucks with STP.

    No one is bringing any Primus?

    • John Galt

      Yup, still around, checking in. And heading to South Jersey on the 31st to see STP — while I still have the chance.

      No qualms with Primus here. Find me a better bass player than Claypool.

  • http://thaunderstanding.blogspot.com ChiMoneyXL

    AZ- Aziatic
    AZ- Pieces of a Man
    Jay Z- Reasonable Doubt
    Jay Z- Black Album
    Lupe Fiasco- Food and Liquor
    Joe Budden- Mood Muzik 1-2
    Clipse- Hell Hath No Fury (ALL THE MIXTAPES TOO)
    2pac- Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
    2pac- All Eyez On Me
    Nas- Stillmatic

    Im A Young Nigga So Im Not Down With That Old School Shit. Billy Its Messed Up You Leavin Cuz I Only Came To This Site To Read Your Posts.

  • Moniker

    Billy, never a huge fan but you will be missed.

    1. Wu-Tang – Enter the 36 chambers
    2. Lil’ Wayne – The Carter 2
    3. Lil’ Wayne – The Dedication 2
    4. Jay Z – The Blueprint
    5. Nas – Stillmatic
    6. Andre 3000 – The Love Below (talk about spaceship music)
    7. Mobb Deep – The Infamous
    8. Any of the other classic Wu albums…there’s so many I can’t pick my fav.
    9. Kanye West – Late Registration
    10. A mix of my fav rap songs…prolly should be number one that I think about it.

  • W.Harris

    My list….in no particular order….
    Illmatic
    Black Star
    Only Built For Cuban Links
    Reasonable Doubt
    Follow the Leader(lyrics of fury is the G.O.A.T)
    Whut Thee Album
    E.W.F Anthology
    Grover Washington Jr Anthology
    Prince Greatest Hits
    Paid in Full(Rakim=God MC)

  • AJG Da Aviator

    Hell I’m only 18 so dont be a hater on my list. Stick to yours cuz we all have our like and dislikes

    AJG’s Top 10

    1. Get rich or die trying
    2. 2pacalypse
    3. God son
    4. The Eminem Show
    5. The Cool
    6. The Documentary
    7. College dropout(Never had Registration)
    8. The Black album
    9. Sound of Revenge
    10. Dedication II

    I got more options but i’ll leave at that though!!! Spaceship spaceship come and take me away!!!

  • http://www.pimpinpens.blogspot.com EnzoE

    Wu Tang Forever
    Enter the Wu 36 Chambers
    Only Built for Cuban Linx
    Three SIx Mafia-Chap.2 World Domination
    Three Six Mafia-When The Smoke Clears 6661
    Prophet Posse-Body Parts
    Tear Da Club Up Thugs-CrazyNthelastdayz
    Rza-Bobby Digital
    8ball & MJG-On Top of The World
    8ball & MJG-Comin Out Hard

  • The Kid iz Nice

    My Top ten
    1)Only built for cuban linx – Raekwon the Chef
    2)Illmatic-Nasty Nas
    3)Supreme Clientele-Ghostface Killah
    4)Dah Shinin – Smif N’Wessun
    5)Jesus Price Superstar – Sean Price
    6)Reasonable Doubt – Jay-Z
    7)Firing Squad – MOP
    8)Infamous – Mobb Deep
    9)The Chronic – Dr. Dre
    10)True Meaning – Cormega

  • tony montana

    heres my top 5, f*** the rest:

    carter 1 ,2, & 3 – wayne
    reasonable doubts – jay-z
    ready to die – big
    illmatic – nas

  • Cinsere

    “Ready To Die – Thank GOD that he is already dead. I would hate for his legacy to be tarnished by a voicebox vocoder single with Diddy on the hook.”

    ^^^I used to think that same way, but somehow I think BIG would be able to pull shit like that off. That was the beauty of BIG…he could pull off damn near anything and make it dope! Shit, he pulled off “Playa Hater”!

    Here’s my try at a list. I tried keeping it at 10, but I couldn’t, so I’d sneak a few more on the ship:

    1) Illmatic (10th Anniversary + Bonus Disc*)
    2) Reasonable Doubt
    3) Life After Death
    4) Cuban Linx
    5) Led Zeppelin IV
    6) What’s Going On
    7) Black on Both Sides
    8) Be
    9) Appetite for Destruction
    10) Capital Punishment
    11) Elephant
    12) Things Fall Apart
    13) Black Sabbath’s Greatest Hits: 1970-1978
    14) Get Lifted
    15) Hell on Earth

    * Star Wars will be knockin’ as we take off!

  • k0nfidence

    In no particular order

    1.)OB4CL
    2.)Low End Theory
    3.)Deltron 3030
    4.)Rage Against the Machine-1st album
    5.)UGK Greatest Hits
    6.)Legend
    7.)Best Kept Secret-Jody Breeze
    8.)Reasonable Doubt
    9.)Mixtape Messiah
    10.)Supreme Clientele

  • one shot deal

    It would be a sad day if you left Billy, you always made me laugh and think about shit at the same time. good luck in whatever you decide to do with the rest of your life. I guess my 10 would be:

    Supreme Clientelle- Ghostface Killah
    Capital Punishment- Big Pun
    Wu-Tang Forever- Wu tang Clan
    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx- Raekwon
    Liquid Swords- GZA
    Beg for Mercy- G-Unit
    Diplomatic Immunity vol. 1- Diplomats
    we Are the Streets- The Lox
    Its Dark and Hell is Hot- DMX
    Muddy Waters- Redman

    Those are some of my favorites Id take along to the new world.

  • WANG

    Ready To Die classic album

  • Chad Biggz

    I’m always late gettin to these kind of post. I stay missin shit. I’ll prolly miss the damn ship too. Anywoo!

    1. Jay-Reasonable Doubt
    2. Nas-God Son (suprise nigga! Lol)
    3. Lil Wayne-Tha Carter
    4. Joe Budden-Mood Muzik 2 (fuck an album)
    5. BIG-Ready To Die
    6. 2Pac-the 7 day theory (yup!)
    7. Eric B. & Rakim-Paid In Full
    8. Mac-Shell Shocked (I was a big No Limit fan. I know, you don’t gotta say it)
    9. T.I.-Trap Muzik (his best shit PERIOD)
    10. Boaz-Intent to Deliver Vol.1 (I always gotta remember where I’m from 412, Pittsburgh, East side…and a little plug for my boy

  • G

    just adding my 2 cents by the way billy “walk good my yute”
    1.The miseducation-lauryn
    2.til’shiloh-buju banton
    3.legend-bobby m.
    4.trap muzik
    5.blueprint
    6.hybrid theory-linkin park-only rock album i fucks with
    7.best of beres hammond
    8.life after death-it had more biggie than rtd
    9.1st kanye
    10.a toss up between any lupe,pun, p.monch,nas,rass kass,canibus andre/cee-lo any of them niggas that i just cant figure out what the fuck they saying the first time so i gotta really listen oh shit and commons last 2 man fuck it I’m snatching niggas ipods 2 b4 that shit comes cant have enough music.

  • NIKO

    supreme clientele, muddy waters, life after death, lord willing, only built for cuban linx, the infamous, illmatic, reasonable doubt, it was written, the fix

  • Young Bo

    1. People’s Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rythym
    2. The Chronic
    3. Big Tyme (The Heavster’s aka Heavy D’s best album)
    4. Off The Wall
    5. Stillmatic
    6. Mecca & The Soul Brother
    7. Main Ingredient
    8. Follow The Leader
    9. Kind Of Blue – Miles Davis
    10. Midnight Marauders
    11. Unfinished Business – EPMD
    12. Redman – Whut Thee Album
    13. Makaveli – 7 Day Theory
    14. In My Lifetime – Vol 1
    15. Thriller
    16. Low End Theory
    17. Death Certificate
    18. It Takes A Nation Of Millions
    19. The Spinners – Greatest Hits
    20. Songs In The Key Of Life

  • J-Villain

    1. Outkast- Aquemini
    2. Outkast- ATLiens
    3. Biggie- Ready to Die
    4. A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
    4. Funkadelic- Maggot Brain
    5. Sly & the Family Stone- Stand!
    6. Stevie Wonder- Songs in the Key of Life
    7. Wayne Shorter- Speak No Evil
    8. The Isley Brothers- 3 + 3
    9. Marvin Gaye- I Want You
    10. Curtis Mayfield- Curtis

    holla

  • eLi pOrTeR

    Eli’s top ten, sent from my Iphone while on the way to the dektou!

    1. Paid in Full(Eric B. and Rakim)
    2. Amerikkas most wanted(Ice Cube)
    3. Ironman(GhostFace)
    4. Comin out hard(8ball & MJG)
    5. The Temptations(the ultimate collection)
    6. Resurection(GETo BOYS)
    7. Livin Like Hustlers(Above the Law)
    8. Criminal Minded(BDP)
    9. Get Rich or die tryin(Fiddy)
    10. Life after death(BIGGIE)

  • ant

    1.reasonable doubt
    2.mood muzik 2
    3.mood muzik 3
    4.shockvalue(say whatever u want but it bumps)
    5.lloyd-streetlove
    6.ready to die
    7.black album
    8.san quin-the rock or watever its kalled
    9.any mac dre album
    10. And a jadakiss mixtape i got wit like 50 of his verses on it

    Ill b staraight wit those
    Peace 2 u billy we gonna miss u

  • http://www.myspace.com/theodbeatz lukee lefty

    that Stevie Wonder Innervisions is a great great look, for me music starts an ends with that album

    Stevie-Innervision
    Stevie-Music of My Mind
    BIG-Ready to Die
    Jayz-Reasonable Doubt
    Nas-Illmatic
    Stevie-Talking Book
    NERD-Fly or Die
    LOX-We Are the Streets
    Em-THe SLim SHady LP
    Kanye West-LAte Registration

  • http://www.myspace.com/theproblemchild2008 Problem Child

    Iam not saying iam hip hop but iam tryna help bring it back..peep my list.

    Me against the world(pac)
    Illmatic(nas)
    Chronic-both(dre)
    Ready to Die(big)
    I am (nas)
    federal(E-40)
    Black Album(jigga)
    Doggystlye(Snoop)
    Short dog in the House(too short)
    Balence and options(Dj Quick)

  • http://www.francisvallejo.blogspot.com vallejo

    1. Illmatic
    2. Marshal Mathers LP
    3. Foreign Exchange Connected
    4. College Dropout
    5. Sublime
    5. Shadows on the Sun

    etc….

    when vibin: Miles, classical, movie soundtracks, etc

    best luck Billy

  • westwood

    East 1999 Eternal
    Ghetto Dope
    The Chronic
    Doggystyle
    Cuban Linx
    Illmatic
    Capitol Punishment
    Grip IT! On that other level
    All Eyez On Me
    Death Certificate

  • westwood

    east 1999 eternal
    ghetto dope
    illmatic
    death certificate
    all eyez on me
    the chronic
    capital punishment
    grip it on that other level
    cuban linx
    doggystyle

  • buckeye girl

    i think my top ten would have to be…

    1.) Prince-Purple Rain
    2.) Michael Jackson-Off the Wall
    3.) Stevie Wonder-Greatest Hits
    4.) ATCQ-Midnight Marauders
    5.) Debarge-Greatest Hits
    6.) Mary J. Blige-My Life
    7.) Jodeci-Diary of a Mad Band
    8.) Dr. Dre-The Chronic
    9.) Notorious BIG-Life After Death
    10.) Outkast-Aquemini

    Best of luck to you, Billy, and all of your future endeavors!!

  • Chaka

    @all my brothers who posted their top 10,
    Here is my own own top 10:

    [1]NWA-Niggaz4life(This is what you call an album.Cant really describe it)

    [2]Dr Dre-The Chronic(A timeless album.True classic.This album is the rule that should be used in determining whether any hip hop album is a classic or not.’Chronic 2000′ is also a classic.But I had to go for ‘The Chronic’ in my top 10)

    [3]Scarface-The Dairy(‘The Fix’ is also a classic.But I had to go for ‘The Diary’ in my top 10)

    [4]Mos Def-Black on Both sides(Hmmm…)

    [5]Outkast-Aquemini(Innovation+creativity+lyricalism.Can’t still figure out how they were able to balance all that in one album)

    [6]Gangsta-Moment of truth(The sound of Dj Premier and the depth of Guru…Classic)

    [7]Ice Cube-Death Certificate(I also love ‘Amerikka most wanted’ and ‘lethal injection’ but i had to opt for ‘Death Certificate’ in my 10)

    [8]Sade Adu-Lovers Rock(Her lyrics are from another world.Pure genius.’Lovers rock’ is a true masterpiece.)

    [9]Bob Marley-Rastaman Vibration(In him we have a true definition of the word legend.Almost all his works are CLASSICS.It was difficult for me to select ‘Rastaman Vibration’ over other Bob’s classical albums like ‘Exodus’,'Uprising’,'Survival’,e.t.c )

    [10]Fela Kuti-Authority Stealing(This is the master.A true genius.The greatest musician to come out of Africa.If you dont know him then you dont know music.Like Bob,almost all is albums are classics.It was difficult for me to select ‘Authority Stealing’ from other Fela’s classical albums like ‘Zombie’,'Shuffering and Shmiling’,'Beast of no nation’,'Unknown soldier’,e.t.c)
    _____________________________________________
    If its strictly Hip Hop then here is my top 10:
    [1]NWA-Niggaz4life
    [2]Dr Dre-The Chronic
    [3]Ice Cube-Death Certificate
    [4]Snoop Dogg-Doggystyle
    [5]Outkast-Aquemini
    [6]Scarface-The Dairy
    [7]Gangsta-Moment of truth
    [8]Mos Def-Black on Both sides
    [9]DMX-Its dark and hell is hot
    [10]Wu Tang Clan-Enter the 36 chambers
    Peace an Hip Hop head in Africa wrote this.

  • H-Lo

    There we go again, the reason why we all continue reading this site: lists, lists lists

    - no particular order –
    _______________________________________________
    NaS – Illmatic: what can I say, that hasn’t been already: every line is a hook itself?

    Jay-Z – The Blueprint: – the closest either NaS or Jay ever came to make another Illmatic. Might sneak in both of their 10 albums though (Just to lose Nastradamus at the ramp – I wanna be surprised)

    The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death: not as raw as his debut but with escelated style and zero filler seconds. Received an overlooked sister-album in ’06. Emphasis on Sister!

    Outkast – Aquemini: with above and ‘…Cuban Linx’ HipHop’s greatest epic

    Dr. Dre – Chronic: The Pulp Fiction of rap for juxtaposing violence and comedy

    Public Enemy – Fear Of A Black Planet: Radio Rakim liked nothing else – Never turn this jungle music down you motherfuck

    Pete Rock & CL. Smooth – Mecca & The Soulbrother: my Mecca has to be the garage where this 80 minutes where forged in

    GangStarr – Daily Operations: next to ‘Livin Proof’ and ‘Sun rises…’ Premo’s most creative beat palette. Matches masterful with Guru’s ‘bored’ Style.

    GZA/Genius – Liquid Swords: To represent the clan. Gon’ borrow ‘Cuban Linx’ from the Caiptain, huh?

    Large Professor – Breaking Atoms: Bought this expansively on behalf of the first NaS verse. Can care less now that I know the rest.

    Ice Cube – Death Certificate: Only good that his solutions were more disturbing than the fucked up state itself. Hard to stop listening to.

    [Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion]
    [A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory]
    ______________________________________________

    OK, this one is slightly rushed but I guess pretty close. I stuck to rap shit, but nevertheless, those E.T.-mofus might want to know ‘What’s Going On’around Motown. And when I walk up that ramp to the ship I wanna hear Stankonia instead of Graduation!

    peace – funny guy from Germoney

  • EReal

    My Top Ten Rap Only Albums:

    Jedi Mind Tricks – Army of the Pharaohs – The Torture Papers

    Swollen Members – Black Magic

    CNN – The War Report

    Raekwon – OBFCL

    Ghostface – Supreme Clientel

    Red & Meth – Blackout

    50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin

    Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

    Strong Arm Steady – Deep Hearted

    Sean Price – Jesus Price Supastar

    Mixtapes:

    Young Buck / Dj Drama – Chronic 2006

    Crooked I – Dynasty Boss

    G-Unit – Elephant in the Sand / Body Snatchers

    Eminem – The Invasion

    Termanology – Back to Basics

    Skyzoo – Corner Store Classic

    Strong Arm Steady – Green Up

    B-Real – The Gunslinger

    Dj Muggs & Gza – The Mask & The Assassin

    Black Milk & Bishop Lamont – Caltroit

    • EReal

      Disclaimer:

      These are not my G.O.A.T. top ten albums, as far as classics like Illmatic, Ready to Die, Capital Punishment, Reasonable Doubt, Ect. These are the albums I would take to remember certin points in my life, as well as albums I can put in rotation and never get sick of.

      1.

  • Bitchmade Coward Hater

    I thought your fat ass got canned, dont you have some bean pies to eat you quarter water drinkin, tims wit no socks n shorts wearin tom nigger?

  • Shawty J

    This is what I’d have to take.

    Aquemini
    Stankonia
    Release Therapy
    Word of Mouf
    Blueprint
    Black Album
    King
    Graduation
    Either College Dropout or Late Registration
    The Cool

  • Zottapottamottakiz

    1. 36 chambers – wu-tang
    2. illmatic – nas
    3. resurrection – common
    4. reasonable doubt – jay-z
    5. the sun rises in the east – jeru the damaja
    6. the infamous – mobb deep
    7. only built 4 cuban linx – raekwon
    8. dah shinin’ – smif-n-wesson
    9. superfly – curtis mayfeild
    10. the hero the trickster – 13th son

  • Were Read 2 Def

    1. Wu-Tang Forever
    2. Blackout!
    3. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    4. It Was Written
    5. Blueprint
    6. All Eyez On Me
    7. Its Dark & Hell Is Hot
    8. MMLP
    9. Murda Muzik
    10. Chronic 2001

    I need bout 15 more albums.

    The War Report
    Grandmasters
    Supreme Clientele
    The Offering
    Capital Punishment
    Temples of Boom
    When Disaster Strikes
    Get Rich Or Die Tryin
    The Format
    Life After Death
    The College Dropout
    Eternal Reflection
    40 Dayz & 40 Nights
    The Score
    Doggystyle

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    MY LIST… 2PAC-ALL EYES ON ME DR DRE- THE CHRONIC GETO BOYS- TILL DEATH DO US PART ICE CUBE- DEATH CERTIFICATE DMX- GREATEST HITS UGK- SUPER TIGHT STREET MILITARY- DONT GIVE A DAMN SNOOPDOG- DOGGYSTYLE EMINEM- MMLP DJ SCREW- ANY OL SCREW TAPE OR CD BUT HONESTLY THERE IS MORE TO LIST. PEACE OUT BILLY THE RUN WAS GOOD BUT I DOUBT THIS WOULD BE YOUR LAST ONE.DUECE.

  • riley freeman

    1. purple rain ost
    2. lauryn hill – miseducation
    3. eric b & rakim – paid in full
    4. ice cube – death certificate
    5. 2 pac – makaveli
    6. wu-tang – 36 chambers
    7. jay-z – reasonable doubt
    8. n*e*r*d – in search of…
    9. gnarls barkley – st. elsewhere
    10. slick rick – the great adventures of..

  • phatsam

    1 only built for cuban link.every song is strong.2biggie ready to die.solid cd more entertaing then ilmatic. 3 get rich or die trying,fuck the hate this joint has 18 strong tracks.4wu tang enter the 36 chabers .most underrated cd or group they were the first to grab of hold of hiphop when it was out west not biggie.5 illmatic nice cd better than any cd before it and most after it.6jay z blue print.7.ghost face ironman,how can you have cuban link on your top ten list and not this.8dr dre the chronic .tight production9.nwa nigga4life is better than straight out of compton.10.is a tie wutang 4 ever and2 pac all eyes on me

  • Gabe da Uncivilized

    it seems there aint that many underground heads up in here.

    no particular order:

    1. Masters of the Universe – Binary Star

    2. Below The Heavens – Blu & Exile

    3. The Shining – J Dilla

    4. The Visualz Anthology – Siah and Yeshua dapoED (for a real outerspace experience)

    5. Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest

    6. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – Raekwon

    7. Connected – Foreign Exchange

    8. Reasonable Doubt – Jay Z

    9. Popular Demand – Black Milk

    10. Empire State – Mighty Joseph

    yea..i know, its mainly underground but thats all i listen to. of course i love Illmatic, The Infamous, Enter the WuTang, and all that good shit…

  • Maddolies

    Bout fuckin time u got fired.

  • KarlKapone

    My top ten list!!!

    1 Nas illmatic
    2 Jay z blueprint
    3 Outkast Aquemini
    4 Wu-tang 36 chambers
    5 wu-tang Forever
    6 Biggie Readie 2 die
    7 Ghostface Ironman
    8 Dr.dre Chronic 2001
    9 Snoop dogg doggystyle
    10 kanye west high school dropout

    Just mist tha cut!!

    Muddy waters Redman
    Infamous Mobb deep
    Chronic Dr.dre
    Word of mouth ludacris
    The fix Scarface
    OBCL Reakwone the chef

  • artadvance

    PUBLIC ENEMY – IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK.

    B.D.P. – CRIMINAL MINDED.

    ERIC B. & RAKIM – PAID IN FULL.

    NAS – ILLMATIC.

    JOHN COLTRANE – A LOVE SUPREME.

    JOHN COLTRANE – ASCENSION.

    MILES DAVIS – KIND OF BLUE.

    ERIC DOLPHY – OUT TO LUNCH.

    THE BEATLES – SGT. PEPPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

    VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

  • henry

    o lawd

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=11497 Jay

    by no stretch of the imagination am i a 50 cent fan ANYMORE!! but get rich or die tryin is a classic and should def. be considered for top 10 .. n u can even say im a gunit stan cuz i havnt been bumpin fif since get rich i mean i bumped his singles of candyshop n all that shit in the car on the radio but no more fif for me except his classic

  • Tyga

    50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Trying
    Lupe Fiasco – food & liquor
    Dr. Dre – Cronic 2001
    Lil Wayne – The Carter II
    Kanye West – Late Registration
    Clipse – Hell Rath No fury
    G-Unit – Beg For Mercy
    8Ball and MJG – On Top of the World
    Biggie Smalls – The Biggie Duets
    Tupac – Makavelli

  • CT-Finset

    1.Illmatic
    2.Paid In Full
    3.The Chronic
    4.Ready To Die
    5.Reasonable Doubt
    6.Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
    7.Enter The Wu-Tang(36 Chambers)
    8.Life After Death
    9.Straight Out Of Compton
    10.Amerikkkas Most Wanted

  • Trey Down

    1. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
    2. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
    3. Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Food
    4. 2Pac – All Eyez On Me
    5. Dr. Dre – 2001
    6. The Game – The Documentary