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New Generation Classics

I love albums like Paid In Full and The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, but those are my older brother’s classics.

I was still a shorty at the time, so I didn’t really appreciate those CDs in full until I revisited them years later. While I consider Three Feet High and Rising one of the illest albums ever, the bulk of my personal favorites came out in the ’90s: The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, The Chronic, Doggystyle, Ready To Die, Only Built For Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords, The Score, Reasonable Doubt and of course the best rap album ever made in my opinion, Illmatic. I can’t go any further without acknowledging Tupac disciples. I’m sure Me Against The World, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory are on somebody’s favorite album list. Not only were these LPs incredible, I vividly remember the significance and impact they had on the culture when they hit stores.

Though they’re both classics, my brother and I would probably argue to no end when discussing the better album between Illmatic and It Takes A Nation Of Million To Hold Us Back. Those two albums probably hardly get mentioned in younger circles, though. I was watching this interview with J. Cole not too long ago and I think he listed Kanye West’s Late Registration as his favorite album ever. Now, I consider myself a Yeezy stan and own all four of his albums (bought them), but I never even thought of mentioning any of his discs amongst the best ever. Cole got me thinking that ’90s classics probably aren’t on these 18,19,20-year-old kids lists, or maybe I’m wrong.

So, what are the younger generation’s classics? What do you late ’80s babies and ’90s babies consider hip-hop classics. What are your favorite albums ever? Have you ever heard some of the ’80s and ’90s classics? If so, what do you think of them?-Jackpot

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