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

  • JE

    Im 18 and i bought illmatic two years ago. Hands down the greatest rap album ive ever heard. I mean im a 90s baby but i can still recite every word to every song. But i agree, im prolly only one out of a handful of kids my age that have ever even listened to illmatic all the way through

    • 93

      Im 15
      Illmatic
      Marshall Matherers Lp
      Blueprint
      Late Registration
      Stillmatic
      Ready to Die

    • beaver

      i’m 16..an i listened 2 all of illmatic..dats a classic album..

  • giantstepp

    “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.”

    Appreciate the love. As I am a 70′s baby imma stay in my lane and let the youngstas speak on this, good drop tho.

    • $ykotic

      “imma stay in my lane and let the youngstas speak on this, good drop tho.”

      Real talk. Y’all have fun.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        Co-sign the cosign.

        (c) 1976.

        • Jamal7Mile

          Here’s my late pass… ’74 checking in.

      • Pierzy

        As an actual ’80 baby, I can stand with my dudes and hang back on this one…

        • $ykotic

          Was wondering where you were at…

        • $ykotic

          And y’all youngin’s holla at me for that mentorship! I’ll put you on!

          (c) 1966

        • Pierzy

          I appreciate the lookout…it’s the Monday after a holiday, so of course the office is crazy and summer session 2 at school starts today. Suffice it to say that I’ve been a bit busy today and have been scrambling for a hall pass all morning…

  • the real gangster

    im 17 years old and a tru hiphop fan to death but i love the oldschool rap beater than the new stuf but i consider clasic right now is the lupe fiasco the cool and ludacris theater of the mind classics!!!!

    • NotTheOne002

      WOW!! those are classics?! Those are nothing but weed plates to me!

      (c) 1983

    • Stuey

      Madvillian – Madilliany
      Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
      Jay-Z – The Blueprint
      Dj Muggs & GZA – Grandmasters
      Outkast – Stankonia
      Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter II
      Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
      Common – Be
      The Roots – Things Fall Apart
      Beanie Sigel – The Truth
      Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
      50 cent – GRODT (Not because i like all that much, but it sure changed the landscape of hip-hop)

  • http://xxlmag.com kilocopter

    im 19 i consinder young jeezy thug motivation a classic 50′s get rich or die trying

  • dl718

    I’m 19 years old (a 90′s baby) and I’ve had the pleasure of checking out some of the classics:

    AZ: Doe or Die
    Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt
    Nas: Illmatic
    Raekwon: OB4CL
    Wu-Tang: Enter the 36 Chambers

    The list goes on, but just like JE, I’m probably a dime of dozen of my peers who even listen to these masterpieces.

    Hip Hop forever: past, present, and future.

    • DetroitDraper

      Classics I just turned 23 but Ice Cube

      • NAWLEDGE

        I’m bout to be 22 in August.

        Nas: Illmatic
        Jay: Reasonble Doubt
        Raekwon: OB4CL
        Big Pun: Capital Punishment
        OutKast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
        OutKast: ATLiens
        Big L: The Bigger Picture
        Trick DD: http://www.Thug.com
        Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor
        Lupe Fiasco: The Cool
        T.I: Trap Muzik
        T.I: Urban Legend
        Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
        Scarface: The Fix
        Scarface: Emeritus
        Immortal Tecnique: 3rd World
        Eminem: Marshall Mathers LP
        Eminem: The Eminem Show

        And thats all I could think of for the moment.

    • TDK

      I’m 19 n i love all those classics especially AZ’s debut

  • Posterboy

    i’m 22 years old:

    grodt 50-cent
    the cronic 2001
    black album jay-z
    its dark and hell is hot- dmx (imo)
    marshall mathers lp – eminem

  • Rob Steel

    im an 89 baby, but i feel i can speak on this…
    i think its geography more than anything that determines what my generation considers as classics. i know i love illmatic/reasonable doubt/the infamous, but i know plenty dudes who would consider the carter iii/thug motivation to be the best albums of all time…i think serious heads still give props to the 90′s rap just cuz it was so lyrical, but to the casual rap fan of my generation, its all post 2000 shit

  • Posterboy

    i’m 22 years

    grodt 50-cent
    black album jay-z
    marshal matherer’s lp eminem
    the chronic 2001 dr. dre
    its dark and hell is hot dmx

    • murK

      ^^^^^^ this & i would add stillmatic, the lost tapes, & jay-z’s blueprint.

      • latino heat

        i’m 27 so i’m too “old” for this post i guess. i’m gonna stay in my lane like Syk, and Grand$ said. i’m just glad that someone regardless of age considers The Lost Tapes a classic. i thought i was the only one.

        • Dub Sac

          Not at all. I think Lost Tapes is better than all (yeah, I said it) Nas’ albums. Maybe on par with Stillmatic. You can hate me now.

      • DetroitDraper

        The Lost tapes was the ish…Poppa was a playa, black zombies, drunk by myself

  • Kappa9

    I’m 28 yrs old, so yeah I’m part of the early 80s. And I have to admit that the only album thats came out this decade is The Blueprint. I do feel sorry for the younger gen.

  • http://www.myspace.com/arh864 SBA

    i’m 17 and i like old school rap but i’m not a huge fan of it. I’d have to say some clssics of my era would be:

    50 – Get Rich or Die Tryin
    Kanye – Late Registration or College Dropout
    T.I. – Trap Muzik or Urban Legend

  • avon

    im 22 years old and it was written is my favorite album ever followed by life after death and lethal injection i love 90′s rap i fucks with the current as well but not many albums that dropped in the last 10 years are classics in my opinion but there are some
    the bcoming-beanie sigel
    be-common
    the minstrial show-little brother
    underground legend-lil flip
    stillmatic & gods son-nas was on a roll
    mista dont play-project pat
    train of thought-reflection eternal
    juvenile-400 degreez
    bg-chopper city in the ghetto

  • Penelope Rodriguez

    Man, I can tell that y’all are late 80′s/early 90s babies by the way y’all type! LOL

    Don’t worry. I’m a late 80s baby too.

    I don’t like labeling albums classics, to tell the truth. But there are albums that I’ve liked after revisiting them. The Slim Shady LP is one. Reasonable Doubt is another. Amerikkka’s Most Wanted is a third.

    There are albums that I’m still passing over though, like Theater of the Mind. I still don’t have LAX yet, neither do I have Raw Footage. I have only Lil Kim’s first album and that’s it. I’ve been passing over Foxy for years.

  • epinz

    I’m alil older but still young enough to b considered young. That b’in said…

    Little brother- minstrel show, the listening
    Clipse- hell hath no fury
    Jay-z- blueprint
    Scarface- the fix
    50 cent- get rich
    Young buck- strait outta cahsville
    Kanye- graduation

    One thing I gotta add is that the reason you can debate all day about ur classics to ur bros is cuz those generations produced so many classics. Our generation hasn’t near the amount of great material the 80s and 90s had. That’s why even our generation acknowledges the 90s and 80s classics with less of a debate that yall did to ur older bros!

  • Justice4All

    In order to be a hip hop head, you must understand the music before the “Kanye/Jay Z” age. There were/are countless number of outstanding artist from 3x dope to Mainsource that had slamming albums that changed or should I say evolved mainstream hip hop. So to say Kanye has the best album ever, I think is a bit close sighted because even if you are 19 years old, you have to do your research. When I was 19, my father made me listen to the old heads in which Hip Hop borrowed from. Pay respect to the culture that birthed a nation.

  • epinz

    And that is just of this generations classics(imo). I’m currently stuck on…

    De la soul is dead
    Main source- breakin atoms
    A tribe called quest- all of them
    Ice cube- death certificate
    Nas- illmatic( been my favrite album)….

    I also 4got to mention nas’s LOST TAPES! One of the best most heartfelt albums evar!

  • crown heights 19

    i’m 19, and my classics are:

    Ready to Die
    Lifestlyes Ov the Poor and Dangerous
    Illmatic
    Reasonable Doubt
    AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

  • DETROIT

    i’mma older cat, but in my opinion, there have been like 4 or 5 classics put out over the last 10 years:

    - Thug motivation 101 by jeezy
    - the king by TI
    - Be by common
    - the 1st kanye
    - stillmatic by nas
    - 50 get rich or die trying
    - urban legend and king by ti
    - big tymers, big money heavyweights
    - ugk, underground kings

    the 90s were full of classics, but some of the 90s classics that get overlooked are:

    -we r the streets by lox
    -400 degreez by juve
    -adrenalline rush by twista
    -www.thug.com by trick daddy
    -how u luv that vol. 2 by the bigtymers
    -ghetto d, by master p

    • DETROIT

      i said 4 or 5, then listed 9….LOL

      • latino heat

        i’m feeling your list Detroit, except for Big Money Heavyweights. i’m surprised you didn’t include In A Major Way by E-40. as a overlooked 90′s classic though.

        • DETROIT

          actually, i didn’t include “in a major way”, because it was like ’95. but that is definately a classic CD, no doubt about it! “DA BUMBLE” is one of my favorite songs ever. I think the charlie hustle cd is a classic also…what do you think about that one?

          matter of fact, here are some of my bay area classics:

          -mac mall, untouchable
          -too short, “get in where you fit in” and “cocktales”
          -yukmouth, “thugged out the albulation”

          THE BAY GO HARD!

        • latino heat

          i actually like Hall Of Game better than Charlie Hustle. any Sick Wid It albums from that time were classics. Hemp Museum, Game Related.
          i’m feeling your Bay picks too.that Yukmouth album was the truth! The New Testament was dope too. Yukmouth should get way more credit for his lyrics.
          what you know about R.B.L. Posse? they had a lot of hits in the 90′s.

    • Justice4All

      M.C.Shy D!!!

      • El Tico Loco

        Wooow! that’s some old school Down by law Atlanta type shit.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    i’m a 88 baby (21). my classics is trap muzik, king, carter 2 & 3. thug motivation. dats all i can think of now…

  • Drama

    Late Registration by Kanye West
    The Cool by Lupe Fiasco
    The Eminem Show by Eminem
    College Dropout by Kanye West
    Be by Common
    Thug Motivation 101 by Young Jeezy
    The Documentary by The Game
    Trap Muzik by TI
    Tha Carter II by Lil Wayne
    Urban Legend by TI
    808s & Heartbreak by Kanye West (ha, up for debate, but possible)

    • Drama

      ^^^add
      Get Rich or Die Tryin by 50 Cent
      Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco

  • nellz

    idk if these are classic, but they are albums I can listen to without skipping anything

    since 2000, i’d say

    Marshall Mathers LP
    Food & Liquor
    Stillmatic
    Late Registration
    BE
    Thug Motivation 101
    Tha Carter

    • nellz

      stankonia and supreme clientele.

  • Ethuggin

    born in 1990….
    Reasonable Doubt=5*
    Illmatic=5*
    Slim Shady LP=5*
    Late Registration & College Dropout=4*
    Bacdafucup=4*

    And for the record I dont think any Weezy/Jeezy/Gucci shit is classic but I’ll jam to it any day cuz Im from the SOUF!!

  • epinz

    What I don’t like is that our generation gets a bad rap for the trash that we come up with. There’s always been trash on radio, just more so now than ever. I think the older heads dropped the ball as a whole in educating the youth. The 80s did a good job of helpin the 90s get better. But there is a lot of quality shit now, its just not mainstream. I HATE that nggz talk about how the music is trash cuz of what they hear on the radio but give a group like LITTLE BROTHER( who’s the beat group to come out in this generation) no chance or even a listen. Don’t complain bout how bad the music is and not give muthafuckas who’s tryin to make real hip hop a chance!!!!!

    • $ykotic

      I see you E.

      Hold it down Commission style. We’re watching.

      • epinz

        @ $yk

        U already know hommie!

    • http://myspace.com/devitan anonymous

      I do agree its hard for the older to school the youth, and hard for youth to listen to elders, but if you listened to music in the 80s and early 90s the companies of radio,video and record companies were not conglomerated, so we actually had a wider range of music to listen to. Now, you can go to all of those sources and find the same shit. That’s the difference, ask people how many cats watched videos religiously then!!! Bottom line, I was with an 18 year old the other day, and he even told me he doesnt want to go out, cause the music available to him to PARTY to , he doesnt want to hear….So how do you turn the clock back!!!

      • $ykotic

        Reset the stopwatch.

    • Victor

      Our generation is brainwashed man, but even then i dont see the excuse. The music is all over the internet. I literally got into rap by clickin related videos on youtube. So before long i’d heard everything from D.I.T.C to Little Brother.

      I really believe that the new dudes who are actually dope get written off way too much as well. Blu’s debut is as good as anything in the past decade for me, but even then not enough “real” rap fans copped his ish. Even man like me in london still imports to support the real artists who need it.

      How can legends like Ghostface have to plead with fans to buy his shit? smh

  • mick

    i am a 70′s baby? just -born 1979 – to me there has only been two classic albums this decade – skitz – country man and ghostface’s supreme clientele.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    I was born in ’86 and most of my favorite albums are all from the mid 90s (Illmatic, Me Against The World, Cuban Links, 36 Chambers, etc.)

    But as far as classics from the 2000s, they are few and far in-between. But the ones I will list are: The Marshall Mathers LP, Blueprint, Hell Hath No Fury, Game Theory, Supreme Clientele, Speakerboxx/Love Below, Stankonia, College Dropout, Get Rich or Die Trying, Be.

    Thing is, I’m hard pressed to come up with 10 more classics, whereas with the 90s I could prolly come up with 15 just from the East Coast from 93-98.

  • http://www.aol.com Reef

    i was born in 88 and i didn’t hear illmatic til i was in 9th grade even though me and my friends used to always talk about it. I didn’t really get it at first, but i bought it again in 10th grade and now i probably listen to it, literally atleast once a week, it’s the greatest hip-hop album ever. The only albums i consider classic in this generation, the 2000s would probably be blueprint,stillmatic,be, and maybe a “few” others ones i can’t think of at the moment.

  • Captain Knots

    In no order best albums after 2000…

    Late Registration by Kanye West
    Food & Liquor by Lupe Fiasco
    The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
    College Dropout by Kanye West
    Be by Common
    Tha Carter III by Lil’ Wayne
    Graduation by Kanye West
    The Black Album by Jay-Z
    The Blueprint by Jay-Z
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent

    That being said Illmatic, Ready to Die, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Midnight Marauders, ect are still some of my favorites.

    -’88

  • J.G.

    I’m 17 years old. I never heard illmatic ’til 7th grade when a friend of mine lent it to me. I thought that was sick. N.Y. State of Mind was bumpin in my mp3 for like a month. It still bumps in my car to this day. But when I ride around with people my age they don’t even know what it is.

    As far as classics for 90′s Babies, this is my list:

    The Marshall Mathers LP
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’
    The Blueprint
    Tha Carter
    Tha Carter II
    The Slim Shady LP
    Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
    Urban Legend
    The College Dropout
    Late Registration
    2001
    Be
    Thug Motivation 101

    That’s pretty much it. However I sorta like music that came out in the 90′s better than today’s stuff. The Chronic was the shit, i still bang Doggystyle. Ready to Die and All Eyez on Me had me going crazy when my older bro banged them in his room.

  • Yaw

    I’m born in ’87 n here’s my list=

    Ready To Die
    Illmatic
    Chronic
    Doggystyle
    Paid in Full
    Reasonable Doubt

    I love All Eyez On Me, and although the good songs on it I think are better than most tracks on the classics I mentioned, there’s some sub-par tracks that bring it down for me.

  • Brahsef

    I’m 22 at the moment, but since I’m white I didn’t really get into hip-hop really until college and then it consumed me.

    I’ve never really gotten into any music pre-NWA (Dre’s producing style completely changed the sound of rap…east and west)

    Any even year of the 90s just came out with multitudes of classics, especially 94 and 96. And there’s still a hell of a lot of good shit out there today. The only problem is that there’s a fuckload of absolute garbage as well.

    And I can honestly say someone could put Kanye’s first two albums against any other hip-hop classic. Not lyrically, obviously, but musically as a whole there’s not many flaws in those two albums.

  • Michael

    I’m 21 and my favorite album period is ILLMatic. As for New Classics? I’d say The College Dropout, The Blueprint, The Lost tapes, MMLP, Madvillian and thats about it. The only rapper i look at from todays era who’ll stand the test of time is Kanye. Wayne may be a better rapper than Kanye but He doesn’t make anywhere near as good as music.

    • NotTheOne002

      Since when is Wayne a Rapper??! He is not a rapper, he is an ACT and A FUCKING JOKE. I can’t believe you can get away with kissing a MAN in the mouth nowadays. whatever happened to the times when people got thrown off the stage for even dressing fruity!!

  • DeJaNupe

    Born in 79

    My top 5 plus some…

    #1 – Illmatic
    Black Sheep – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
    Das Efx – Dead Serious
    #2 – Wu-Tang 36 Chambers
    Jeru – Sun Rises in East
    #5 – Gangstarr Hard to Earn
    Twista – Adrenaline Rush
    #3 – OBFCL

    Most Slept on Albums
    #4 – Black Moon Enta Da Stage
    Rah Digga – Dirty Harriet

    Just typing this brought back memories…

    • DeJaNupe

      ^^^
      From 2000 to now???

      M.O.P. – Warrioz
      Slum Vill – Fantastic Vol. 2
      Kanye – College Dropout
      Sean Price – Jesus Price Supastar
      Little Brother – Minstrel Show
      MF Doom – MM… Food?

  • Ash

    I’m 18 my list is
    Illmatic
    Only Built For Cuban Linx
    Me Against The World
    Liquid Swords
    Reasonable Doubt
    The Diary
    stillmatic
    It was Written
    Aziatic
    Do Or Die

  • king blair

    TOP 10 since 2000
    1.Blueprint
    2.Trap Musik
    3.Supreme Clientele
    4.College Dropout
    5.Get Rich or Die Trying
    6.The Fix
    7.Thug Motivation
    8.Be
    9.2001
    10.The Becoming

    • realBOSTON

      2001 was realeased in 1999

  • El Tico Loco

    Sadly as time progresses the amount of classic albums coming out is dwindling because every artist out wants to or is pressured to sound like the hottest artist or have their version of the hottest single and all originality is out the door, but that will always and always been the case, we just don’t look for the new styles as hard as we used to before.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    I do notice that despite the hate Kanye is considered a top 5 album maker.

    All in all Illmatic is my favorite Hip Hop album made to date…

  • LBDII

    Theatre of Mind is not a classic btw but im 19 and my top albums are

    Me against the world-2pac
    Reas Doubt-Jay-z
    Enter The Wu-tang 36 Chambers-Wu-tang Clan
    Aquemni-Outkast
    Eminem Show-Eminem

  • Joey capp

    I was born in 85 and while I do love the early 90s and late 80s stuff I really didn’t get into that stuff til after high school.

    As for my classics from 2000 and on:
    1. Jay-Z-The Blueprint
    2. Outkast-Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    3. Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP
    4. Jay-Z-The Black Album
    5. Nas-Stillmatic
    6. Outkast-Stankonia
    7. Talib Kweli-Quality
    8. Kanye West-The College Dropout
    9. Clipse-Hell Hath No Fury
    10. JayLib-Champion Sound
    11. T.I.-King
    12. Lil Wayne-Tha Carter III
    13. Ludacris-Chicken’N Beer
    14. Common-Be
    15. Q-Tip-The Renaissance

    • KS

      The Renaissance. Yes sir

  • mcflyyyy

    Food & Liquor

    The Blueprint

    College Dropout

    Lord Willin

  • Jerm

    im 17, born 1992, i havent heard all those classics…yet lol. Reasonable Doubt, Chronic are among the few of the older albums i liked. but Outkast anyone???
    All of Outkasts albums are amazing to me, especially their 90s ones.

    my top albums are since 2000

    1. II Trill – Bun B (Trillest shit i ever heard)
    2. Ultimate Victory – Chamillionaire (ppl dont give him props on this album here)
    3. Stankonia – Outkast (BoB, Xplosion, Ms. Jackson, Red Velvet, Snappin & Trappin…the list goes on for that album)
    4. Release Therapy – Ludacris (one of his best bodies of work on here)
    5. UnderGround Kings – UGK (RIP Pimp C, double disc album, full of lyrics, bangers, and collabos)

    Older albums from 90s
    1. ATLiens – Outkast (No one can deny this here)
    2. Its Dark and Hell is Hot – DMX (Dark Man, baby)
    3. Aquemini – Outkast (Old skool players, to new skool fools)
    4. Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of My Blood – DMX (Blackout, Slippin, Heat, Ready to Meet Him)
    5. Ridin Dirty – UGK (Murder, One Day, etc.)

    I regret not doin alot/enought research on my NaS and Jay-Z, i guess its cuz im born in the 90s…but its not too late to start right?

  • http://twitter.com/tommykreling Tommy K

    Born in 1990…

    my favorite albums are

    1) Illmatic
    2) Reasonable Doubt
    3) Enter the Wu-Tang
    4) Me Against The World
    5) Straight Outta Compton
    6) The College Dropout
    7) The Don Killuminati
    8) OB4CL
    9) Blueprint
    10) Be

  • Jeremydaman

    Born in ’88, these are mine

    Country Grammar…I cant be the only 90s kid that was bangin this non stop!

    Marshall Mather LP
    Eminem show
    Get rich or die tryin
    Thug motivation 101
    The BLueprint
    Lupe Fiascos Food and Liquor
    Chronic 2001
    The renaissance
    Stankonia
    Carter 2
    Jim Jones– On my way to church…pretty much a dipset album, very slept on

  • cramzy

    I’m 23:
    College Dropout-Kanye
    Ghetto D-Master P
    400 Degreez-Juve
    Blueprint-HOV
    7 Day Theory-Pac
    Thug Motivation 101-Jeezy
    Marshall Mathers-Eminem
    Lord Willin-Clipse
    Adrenaline Rush-Twista
    The Block is Hot-Lil Wayne
    The Chronic-Dr.Dre
    Ready to Die-Big
    Ridin Dirty-UGK
    Charge It 2 Da Game-Silkk the Shocker..yes Silkk…fuck how u feel lol

    Still jam these today without a skip

  • cramzy

    Forgot Word of Mouff-Luda never gets enough love

  • zood

    I’m a 90′s kid at 18 years old and although at first when I first became a hip hop fan I didn’t give much time to stuff like Illmatic and the Chronic, over time I came to appreciate such albums, now reasonable doubt and illmatic and the chronic are all some of my favourites. As I get older I appreciate some of the veterans of the game. Especially with the lack of new artists capable of matching such feats.

  • dezzy

    liquid swords>illmatic

    sorry nas, but gza had a theme that allowed him to touch in more topics while being more musically pleasing to the ears

  • NotTheOne002

    (c)1983 VIA LOS ANGELES
    HERE ARE THE CLASSICS; DEFINED BY WEBSTERS AS: a : A WORK OF ENDURING EXCELLENCE

    THESE ARE ALBUMS THAT YOU COULD JUST NOT LIVE WITHOUT AT THE TIME. CLASSICS ARE THINGS THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK BACK AND APPRECIATE. THESE ARE REAL CLASSICS THAT HAVE NOT DATED THEMSELVES AS TO SHIT LIKE THE CARTER II.

    ERIK B AND RAKIM – PAID IN FULL
    EPMD – STRICTLY BUSINESS
    GANG STARR – DAILY OPERATION/HARD TO EARN/MOMENT OF TRUTH
    NWA – STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
    THE D.O.C. – NO ONE CAN DO IT BETTER
    RODNEY O & JOE COOLEY – FUCK NEW YORK
    PUBLIC ENEMY – FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET
    MAIN SOURCE – BREAKING ATOMS

    DE LA SOUL – DE LA SOUL IS DEAD/STAKES IS HIGH
    REDMAN – WHUT THE ALBUM?
    METHOD MAN – TICAL
    ODB – RETURN TO THE 36 CHAMBERS
    RAEKWON – THE PURPLE TAPE (OB4CL)
    GZA – LIQUID SWORDS (#1 HIP-HOP ALBUM OF ALL-TIME, HOW MANY 90′S BABIES EVER HEARD THIS ONE?)
    GHOSTFACE KILLAH – IRONMAN/SUPREME CLIENTELE
    ATCQ – MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS/THE LOW END THEORY
    DR. DRE – THE CHRONIC/2001
    2PAC – ME AGAINST THE WORLD/ALL EYEZ ON ME.
    (2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT PEOPLE ON EACH ALBUM)
    TOO $HORT – COCKTAILS
    SNOOP DOGGY DOGG – DOGGYSTLE
    (“AINT NO FUN” ONLY SONG IN THE WORLD THAT CAN GET BITCHES TO SING DIRTY LYRICS AND LOVE DOING IT, PUT THAT SONG ON ANY DANCE FLOOR AND JUST WATCH THE BITCHES REACTIONS)
    THE DOGG POUND – DOGG FOOD
    D.J. QUIK – QUIK IS THE NAME/SAFE & SOUND
    THE PHARCYDE – LABCABININCALIFORNIA
    NAS – STILLMATIC/ILLMATIC (COULD BE #1 OF ALL TIME, BUT W/O ONLY 10 SONGS (1 BEING A SKIT) AND A UNDER 40 MIN ALBUM, TOO SHORT TO BE CONSIDER # 1)
    NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – READY TO DIE
    WU-TANG CLAN – ENTER THE WU-TANG/WU-TANG FORVER
    BOOT CAMP CLIK – ENTA DA STAGE/WARZONE
    SOULS OF MISCHIEF – ’93 TILL INFINITY
    HIEROGLYPHICS – 3RD EYE VISION
    EMINEM – THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP
    50 CENT – GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’
    JAY-Z – REASONABLE DOUBT/THE BLUEPRINT
    OUTKAST – AQUEMINI/STANKONIA/THE LOVEBELOW/SPEARKERBOXXX
    GOODIE MOB – SOUL FOOD
    GETO BOYS – WE CAN’T BE STOPPED
    SCARFACE – THE DAIRY/THE UNTOUCHABLE/THE FIX
    MOBB DEEP – THE INFAMOUS
    PETE ROCK – PETESTRUMENTALS
    MOS DEF – BLACK ON BOTH SIDES
    TALIB & MOS – BLACKSTAR
    TALIB & HI-TEK – REFLECTION ETERNAL
    TALIB – QUALITY
    MF DOOM – MM..FOOD/OPERATION DOOMSDAY
    CONSEQUENCE – DONT QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
    PHAROAHE MONCH – INTERNAL AFFAIRS
    CAMP LO – UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
    THE ROOTS – ILLADELPH HALFLIFE/THINGS FALL APART
    COMMON – LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE / BE
    KANYE WEST – GRADUATION
    LITTLE BROTHER – THE LISTENING

    (IM PRETTY SURE ALL YOU PRE-90′S BABIES CAN ADD TO MY LIST. LET ME KNOW HOW MANY OTHERS I MISSED)

    NO T.I./LIL WAYNE/YOUNG JEZZY. THEY ALL SUCK!!

    FOR ALL YOU 90′S BABIES, HERE IS YOUR HOMEWORK!! LIST ALL THE ONE’S YOU DON’T KNOW FROM THE LIST!!

  • NotTheOne002

    —-ADDITION TO THE LIST-

    ICE CUBE – FROM THE BEGINNING UNTIL THE PREDATOR!!
    WESTSIDE CONNECTION – BOW DOWN
    W.C. & THE MADD CIRCLE – CURB SERVIN’
    MACK 10 – BASED ON A TRUE STORY

  • NotTheOne002

    ACTUALLY LETHAL INJECTION FOR ICE CUBE TOO!!!

  • http://xxlmag Flydane

    I 23 and I got
    Juve 400 degreez
    Big Tymers How U love that Vol. 2
    B.G. Its all on u Vol. 2
    Lil wayne Tha Carter 1 2 3
    Beanie Seigel the B-coming

  • ?

    Every Eminem album…

  • WhitestKidInAmerica

    I don’t usually comment here, and I’m sure I’m not the only white dude here (who is also white on the “inside”, for all you fucking wiggers), but for those of you who aren’t, I just want to impress upon you what a crater-size impact Marshal Mathers LP, and Eminem in general, had on the ‘burbs. That is easily one of the most influential albums of all time, just not in the same demographic as the others. Got me into rap single-handedly.

    GRODT is also new classic status, I think.

    1986

  • yoprince

    I’m 23.. ’85

    Jay-z: Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album

    Lil Wayne: Carter 2, Carter 3

    Nas: Illmatic, It Was Written, Untitled (Nigger)

    Juvenile: 400 Degreez, Tha G Code

    The Hot Boyz: Guerrilla Warfare

    Tupac: Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me

    Eminem: Marshall Mathers LP, Relapse

    Mos Def: Black on Both Sides

    Mos Def and Talib Kweli: Blackstar

    T.I.: Trap Muzik, Urban Legend

    Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor, The Cool

    Rick Ross: Deeper Than Rap

    The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die, Life After Death

    Black Milk: Tronic

    Young Jeezy: Thug Motivation 101

    Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreaks

    Outkast: ATLiens, Stankonia

    Andre 3000: The Love Below

    Raekwon: OB4CL

    Ghostface: Supreme Clientele, The Pretty Toney Album

    50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

    Dr. Dre: Chronic 2001

    Master P: Ghetto D

    A number of these albums I had to go back and get with it. In fact, I’m ashamed to say I hated Illmatic the first time I heard it. And I couldn’t stand anything Wu-related. But it was mainly b/c I didn’t understand the slang being from Atlanta. As I matured and got more intelligent and enlightened, it became easy to really enjoy those albums. I’ve also gone further back and listened to stuff like Rakim, Tribe, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy… but mostly it wasn’t for me. I can appreciate but I don’t force it. I like what i like.

  • nycboy

    I’m 23 now but i didn’t follow hip hop as much til the late 90′s, but here it goes:

    Talib Kweli/Hi-Tek- Reflection Eternal
    C.L Smooth- Mecca and the Soul Brother
    Nas- Illmatic
    Tupac- Me Against the World
    ATCQ- Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders
    INI- Center of Attention
    Mobb Deep- The Infamous, Hell on Earth
    Brand Nubian- One For All
    50 Cent- GRODT
    DMX- Grand Champ
    Biggie- Ready to Die
    Redman- Muddy Waters, Dare Iz A Darkside

    • $ykotic

      “INI- Center of Attention”

      You get dap for that! Most heads don’t even know that exists!

      “Step Up” INI

      • http://xxl ryan

        born in 1990 yes thats the best year. wow really INI. i never thought i see someone who would put that up there. big ups on that but where in the hell is Pete Rock & CL Smooth The Main Ingredient. that is hands down the best rap album i ever heard. yes even better than illmatic.

        • $ykotic

          “Whoop, Whoop. Whoop whoop…”

          Love that song. “It’s On You(Warning)”, “Caramel City”, “Get On The Mic”, “Searching”, “Sun Won’t Come Out”…

          DAMN I MIGHT AS WELL SAY THE WHOLE F*CKING ALBUM!!!

          Ry I didn’t think you got down like that! Good!

  • nycboy

    Oh yeah how could i forget:

    Mos Def- BOB
    Mos Def/Talib Kweli- Blackstar
    Talib Kweli- Quality
    Outkast- Every album except Idlewild

  • Victor

    I’m 19 and got Illmatic when i was 15/16, since then ive amassed 46 cd’s as well as d/l’d albums. The internet paved the way for my true love of rap. I have Organized Konfusions first 2 albums let alone the albums you listed.

    What do you older heads think of the existence of “modern” classics?

    Personally Ghost’s Fishscale is as good as Supreme Clientele, I think Blu’s debut was a madness, Elzhi’s last year was crazy as well. College Dropout, by now, probably qualifies as classic (though Ye gets outperformed by near every feature).

  • Jhon da Analyst

    1968…Born in NY, move to Cali, then to College Park, then to NC. Went military. Got out back to NY!! That’s why I’m the original rapthologist…. Yeah 41 niggas and I don’t take no shit from some illinformed non-enlightened youngstas about this hip-hop shit!! And yes Illmatic is the greatest hip hop lp of all-time, but I’m biased!!

  • anzorforever

    I’m 25

    enter the 36 chambers
    chronic 2001
    wu-tang forever
    onyx bacdafucup
    marshall mathers lp
    tical
    score
    grodt
    temples of boom
    and then there was x
    all eyes on me

  • ChiTown

    Im only 18 and the ones I have in constant rotation are

    Illmatic
    Ready To Die
    Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor
    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
    Jay-Z:The Blueprint
    Kanye West: College Dropout
    Wu-Tang
    and all other albums with SUBSTANCE. Im tired of hearin all this bullshit sing along dance crap on the radio and its killin the up and comin generation i mean im not hatin on them cuz they makin money but they killin the game and our minds at the same time

    • MIDAS REX

      Totally co-sign this drop and the albums you put on!! It’s criminal how almost everyone above forgot about Slick Rick!! If people only realised how much their favorite rapper quoted him and sampled Rick……

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    wow… i can’t believe not one person put Capital Punishment by Big Pun

  • http://myspace.com/tyquannyc1 DJ TyQ

    I’m 20 and in no particular order.. my classics… n FUCK you older cats that try to shit on us younger dudes like we dont have taste.. fuck how my generation is being represented right now.

    50: Get Rich Or Die, Power of the Dollar
    Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint, Black Album
    Outkast: Aquemini, ATLiens, Stankonia
    Nas: It Was Written, Illmatic
    Lil Wane: Tha Carter 1(his best work to date to me)
    Eminem: Eminem Show, Marshall Mathers LP
    Gangstarr: Moment of Truth, Hard To Earn
    Big Pun: Capital Punishment
    Dr. Dre: Chronic 2001, Chronic ’93
    Prodigy: HNIC
    Mobb Deep: Hell On Earth
    Raekwon: Only Built
    Young Jeezy: The Recession
    DMX: Its Dark and Hell Is Hot
    Evidence: Weatherman LP

  • fl poet

    get this, im from south florida right! im 15 years old born in 1993. u would probably think im a bootleger who listens to radio crap- well no my favorite rappers are nas, lauren hill, and lupe fiasco……..my favorite albume is illmatic. seems weird right? well i kno alot of cats just like me

  • Teddy

    late 80′s baby and in not particular order

    1.Tupac – All Eyez on Me
    2.Tupac – R U Still Down (Remember Me)
    3.Snoop – Doggy Style
    4.Nas – It Was Written
    5.Jay-Z Blue Print 3
    6.Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
    7.Eminem – Slim Shady Lp
    8.Eminem – Marshal Mathers Lp
    9.Dr.Dre – 2001
    10.Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liqure
    11. Kanye West – College Dropout
    12. Mobb Deep – Murder Muzik
    13. Common – Be
    14. Common – Like water for Chocholate
    15. Lil Wayne – Carter 2
    16. Bone Thugs Harmony E 1999 Eternal
    17. Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101
    18. T.I. – Urban Legend
    19. T.I – Trap Muzik
    20. B.I.G. – Life after Death

    • white boy

      5.Jay-Z Blue Print 3

      LOL 2 this one.

  • Dan

    I’m 18 and the greatest albums of all time to me are:
    1. Illmatic- Nas
    2. Ready To Die- Biggie
    3. Paid In Full- Eric B & Rakim
    4. The Chronic- Dr. Dre
    5. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back- Public Enemy
    6. Straight Outta Compton- NWA
    7. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)- Wu-Tang Clan
    8. Life After Death- Biggie
    9. 3 Feet High and Rising- De La Soul
    10. Reasonable Doubt- Jay-Z

    So you see six of my albums come from the 90s and four from the 80s.

  • tymberland

    1. Outkast – ATLiens, Aquemini, Stankonia, Sboxx/Lbelow
    2. TI – Trap Muzik. Urban Legend, King,
    3. Jay – Reasonable doubt, blueprint, black album
    4. Kanye- Late Registration
    5. Nas – Illmatic, Stillmatic, I am
    6. Juve – 400 degeez
    7. Hot boyz – guerilla warfare
    8. Goodiemob – soul food, still standing
    9. Snoop – doggystyle
    10. Tupac – 7 day
    11. Bad Boy – puff -No way out, mase – harlem world, b rob – life story, g-dep child of ghetto (bad boy artist debut albums are great and then………..)
    12. Mystikal – unpredictable
    13. bone – e. 1999
    14. twista – adrenaline rush
    15. scarface – the fix
    16. fugees- score
    17. eminem – marshall mathers lp
    18. Lupe – classic artist but no classic album
    19. killer mike – I pledge alleg to the grind part 2
    20. 3 6 mafia – when the smoke clears

    But its nothing like the club in the south. cut on some jeezy, tip, gucci, lil jon, oomp camp, old cash money, & ugk.

  • CrunchyBlack

    16 years old and Illmatic is my favorite album, some others are: All Eyez On Me, It Was Written, Life After Death, Liquid Swords, Reasonable Doubt, Don Killuminati, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, Slim Shady LP, The Score, 2001, Get Rich or Die Tryin’

  • ProDunkGirl

    I’M 20 years old and I brought Illmatic a couple of years ago, the only song I did’nt like was Halftime, still one of the greatest Albums I ever heard. My Favorite Album of All Time is Ready to Die, It’s like I never lived what Biggie Lived but that album made me feel like I was right there intaking every scenario (sp) Biggie intook in.

  • http://www.imeem.com/abp4mayor abp4mayor

    im 19 an i appreciate all hip-hop from jay-z’s reasonable doubt to ye’s albums i too bought every kanye west cd up until his new sound 90s kids appreciate the classics but whats classic then isnt classic now music in general is different

  • escobar9300

    1986 here. For me, my top classic albums gotta be:

    Illmatic – Nas
    Reasonable Doubt – Jay Z
    Life after death (I didnt start checking for biggie till about a year after Ready to Die)
    Me Against the world – 2pac
    All Eyez On Me – 2pac
    StillMatic – Nas
    The Blueprint 1 – Jay Z
    Revolutionary Volume 2 – Immortal Technique

  • escobar9300

    Shit almost forgot one of my all time favortie classic CD’s, The Lost tapes by Nas. That album is so underrated its insane. Not my favorite Nas cd, but definitly the one that gets bumped the most. Now let me turn up “Drunk by myself” and kick it for a minute…..

  • http://xxl.mag jordan mcatee

    man ima grimey 90 big bra put me on bg it all on u and ever since then rap was the shit to me but i still roll with jeezy thug motovation 101 for my classic ya dig.. i heard where he was coming from TRAP OR DIE NIGGA !

  • Sajib

    For me my favorite albums to come out in the past 10 years:

    Lauryn Hill – Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    Mos Def – Black on Both Sides
    Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor
    Common – BE
    Lil Wayne – The Carter II
    50 Cent – GRODT
    Jay-Z – The Blueprint and The Black Album
    Nas – Stillmatic and The Lost Tapes
    Blu – Below The Heavens
    Kanye West – The College Dropout
    Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2001
    Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
    TI – Trap Muzik

  • SurgieF

    the blueprint
    Illmatic
    The eminem show
    Get rich or die tryin
    Doggystyle
    Fishscale
    Stillmatic
    The black album
    Chronic 2001
    Marshall mathers lp
    Reasonable doubt
    Only built for cuban linx
    The chronic
    Tha carter II
    God’s son…

    Damn that’s all I can think of

  • leothekid

    Well I’m 19 and I got mad love for all those albums and do own (like bought with paper money and got a plastic disc), but stuff I listen to on a regular are things like black album, kanye’s first 3 albums, american gangster, death of adam, Below the Heavens, Johnson & Johnson, The Renaissance, Be, but that being said I do love those 90′s classics a lot and have a great appreciation for the 80′s classics.

  • bWong

    I am 16, a few of my classic albums are…
    (in no order)
    The Slim Shady LP – Eminem
    Me Against The World – 2Pac
    Paid In Full – Eric B. & Rakim
    The Cool – Lupe Fiasco
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
    Life After Death – The Notorious B.I.G.
    Enter The Wu-Tang – Wu-Tang Clan
    Licensed to Ill – Beastie Boys
    Black on Both Sides – Mos Def
    The Big Picture – Big L
    Illmatic – NaS

  • Corey 88

    I’m 17 And These Are My Favorite Albums:
    Nas – Illmatic / It Was Written / The Lost Tapes
    N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
    Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
    Ghostface – Ironman / Supreme Clientele
    Raekwon – OB4CL
    GZA – Liquid Swords
    Wu-Tang – 36 Chambers / Wu-Tang Forever
    Dre – The Chronic / 2001
    Elzhi – The Preface
    Eminem – Marshall Mathers & Slim Shady LP / Eminem Show
    Joe Budden – Padded Room
    Three 6 – Chapter 2 / When The Smoke Clears
    2Pac – All Eyez On Me / Me Against The World / Don Killuminati
    The Game – Doctors Advocate
    Lupe – Food & Liquor / The Cool
    DMX – Its Dark And Hell Is Hot
    T.I. – KING / Trap Muzik / Urban Legend
    Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101
    Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 1 & 2 / The 3rd World
    Q-Tip – The Renaissance

    Thats All I Can Think Of For Now

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Can’t front (Est. 1986)… I’m kinda feeling insulted by this one… good music is good music and classics are classics.

    I know I’m going to sound stupid to ya’ll for this one, but I’ve never heard Illmatic and I can say without a doubt I know I won’t like it (which implies that I WILL listen to it first)

    But fuck it… my Amazon.com Visa’ll be arriving in the mail so, I’ll just go out and buy my Mecca and the Soul Brother album anyways. Chuuuch.

    • Justice4All

      Mecca and the Soul Brothers is CLASSIC!

  • Dre

    21 years old – in no particular order

    ready to die
    illmatic
    reasonable doubt
    the blueprint
    BE
    the college dropout
    the miseducation of lauryn hill
    lord willin > hell hath no fury
    black on both sides
    black star
    the chronic 2001
    Lupe Fiasco – Fahrenheit 1/15 parts I – III
    only built for cuban linx
    50 cent – power of the dollar
    Underground Kingz (2007)
    ATLiens
    Midnight Marauders

  • hippa>>hoppa

    ’92 ova evry thang….but ye plz kno that tha young niggaz respect and acknowledge the likes of rakim odb tha chronic southernplayalistic all the greats of the decade excuse us fa soulja boy real shyt is commin soon peace..

  • http://youtube.com/thelupend thelupend

    I’M a 90′s baby and some of my classics are:
    Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt
    Nas: Illmatic
    Biggie. Ready to die
    Dr Dre : The chronic
    Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle
    Outkast : Aquemini

  • RayRay

    80′s Baby 87′
    Ok u ppl have been buggin out. Its pretty simple to me. alot of classics came outt b4 2003 since its been slow but ima name them

    The Cronic & The Cornic 2001 Dr Dre
    Doggie Style Snoop Dogg
    All Eyes On Me/ Me Against the World /2Pac
    Ready to Die & Life After Death B.I.G. (R.I.P.)
    Reasonable Doubt/Life & time of S Carter vol 1&2/Blueprint/Black Album Jay-Z
    Slim Shady LP/ Marshall Mathers Lp/ Eminem show/ Eminem
    Its Dark & Hell is Hot/ Flesh of my flesh/ &Then there was X/ DMX
    Illmatic & Stillmatic Nas
    Tical & 36 Chambers The Wu Tang Clan
    Capital Punishment & Yeah Baby Big Pun(R.I.P.)
    Atliens Outkast
    The Truth Beinie Sigel
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 50 Cent

    Now it starts to get hard every1 that is 17 or younger has b missin out. Only a handfull of albums have even been worth anythin.

    Urban Legend & Trap Music //T.I.
    Carter 2(mixtape would have been classic but only countin albums) Lil Wayne
    Cool Lupe Fiasco
    Kanyes first album

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkohlik

    im 21
    In no particular order but the greatest albums are:
    1. Reasonable Doubt
    2. All eyez on me
    3.Life after death
    4.Slim Shady LP
    5.cronic
    6.Makaveli-7 day theory
    7.illmatic
    8.documentary
    9.graduation
    10.get rich or die tryin
    11.cronic 2001
    12.blueprint 1
    13.me against the world
    14.marshall mathers lp
    15.eminem show
    16.speakerboxx/love below
    17.ready to die
    18.pain is love
    19.mkhuku funkshen-Skwatta Kamp(a south african group)
    20.it was written

    • NotTheOne002

      PAIN IS LOVE?!?! BY JA RULE?

      OH HELL NAWWW!!!

  • http://www.windowslive.com Litha

    I was born in ’85. My favorite album of all time has to be illmatic. Damn thing had me speaking like a NY dude. I love that record man. But as a dude that grew up in the 90s, I count Madvillainy, Donuts. South Africa stand up!!

  • Corey 88

    I’m 16 (1992) My Favorite Album Right Now, And I Consider This A Classis: Elzhi – The Preface. I Listen To This Everyday Start To Finish, And It Never Gets Old.

    • Quan

      . . .wow.. there IS hope for the youth nowadays! !!. . ive always felt my generation was slowly going down the toilet and then i see this .. (im 21 [ 80's baby ; 90's child; Millenium Man])

      Fantastic Vol. 2
      Like Water For Chocolate
      Do You Want More?! ?!?
      Muddy Waters
      Champion Sound

      . . many more. . thats just off top though ..

  • MiaafromDC

    well im 19 and Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, The Low End Theory, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, OB4CL, When Disaster Strikes, E 1999 Eternal and the Art of War, Ready to Die, Hardcore, and Strictly for my NIGGAZ are some of my fav albums. My mom would blast these cds on roadtrips when i was growin up and so yea it jus kinda stuck with me. i’d much rather hear this than most of the rappers today.

  • Justice4All

    Let us not forget:

    D.J. Magic Mike
    Big Mike
    2 Live Crew
    Kam
    M.C. Ren
    Awsome Dre
    Boss
    Whodini
    Kwame’ (I know, I know)
    Special Ed
    Boogie boys
    UTFO
    Kool MO Dee
    Roxanne Shante’ (she is ruthless)

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  • Jimbo

    I am turning 20 this month…

    Liquid Swords
    Reasonable Doubt
    Illmatic
    Aquemini
    The Chronic

    Those to me are absolute classics. But personally I differentiate on what I like the most and what I think is the best. Kanye is one of my favorite artists, but skill wise I wouldn’t put him up there with the others.

  • Special K.

    I’m younger than you all.

    Illmatic/It was Written/Lost Tapes/Untitled
    Reasonable Doubt/Blueprint
    Liquid Swordz/Enter the 36 Chambers
    Marshall Mathers LP.

  • IceBergSlim

    Nas Illmatic
    Nas It Was Written
    Nas Stillmatic
    Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
    Jay-Z The Blueprint
    Jay-Z The Black Album
    Jay-Z American Gangster(Slept On, Best Album Of 07)
    B.I.G. Life After Death (Better Than Ready To Die)
    Kanye West The College Dropout
    Kanye West Late Registration
    Scarface The Fix
    Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP

    R.I.P. Micheal Jackson

  • Chris T

    I’m 19 and in no order some of my favorite albums have to be:
    Reasonable Doubt
    Illmatic
    Ready to Die
    Life After Death
    Lord Willin’
    Vol. 3 The Life and Times of S. Carter
    The Black Album
    Black on Both Sides
    Come Home With Me
    Supreme Clientele
    Ironman
    In My Lifetime Vol. 1
    Aquemini
    Be
    Like Water For Chocolate
    It’s Dark and Hell is Hot
    Liquid Swords
    Enter the 36 Chambers
    It Was Written
    The Low End Theory
    When Disaster Strikes
    Midnight Marauders

  • beaver

    I’m 16…(93)
    My absolute fav album is I Am Autobiography &
    The Slim Shady LP..
    NAS TuPac Eminem Is my shit..
    even though i have only 2 albums of pac..
    i love alot of his songs..its just i haven’t listen 2 every single album..lik i did 4 NAS..
    but i will though..

    but i have other favs also..

    Encore-Eminem
    Slim Shady Lp-Eminem
    Relapse-Eminem
    Marshall Mathers LP-Eminem
    Chronic 2001-Dr.dre
    Dr.dre Presents THE AFTERMATH
    Better Dayz-Tupac
    All Eyez On Me-Tupac
    Kindom Come-Jayz
    808s & Heartbreaks-Kanye West
    Late Registration-Kanye West
    Get Rich Or Die Tryin-50cent
    Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor
    Gods Son-NAS
    It Was Written-Nas
    Hiphop Is Dead-NAs
    N-NAS
    Illmatic-NAS
    I AM Autobiography -NAS
    Nastradamus-NAS

    oh btw..i’m young yea..but i don’t fuckin listen 2 da soulja an other stupid shit out now….

  • killin dez hoez89

    My all time classic cd would have to be ready to die, doggystyle, and the chronic because when i was little thats all my parents would listen too and i grew up on that shit and alsopac’s all eyez on me

  • DownSouth

    I think that whatever decade you were born in, the next decade will most likely be your fav music. I was born in the early 80′s so I love the early 90′s; pretty much all of the 90′s. I’m from da south so I was into that Miami Bass music. I was also bumpin Too $hort and E-40 from the West, and Wu-Tang from the East.

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • AB Bridges

    I’m 14 and Illmatic and Stillmatic are in my top 3 easy. Some of my other favorites are American Gangster, The Black Album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and The Marshall Mathers LP.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    Crook By The Book- Project Pat

    Thug Motivation 101- Young Jeezy

    Slim Shady Lp, Marshall Mathers Lp, the Eminem Show, Encore,Relapse= Eminem

    2001- dr. dre

    the documentary- the game

    gangster and a gentleman, supergangster/extraordianry gentleman- styles p

    get rich or die tryin- 50 cent

    When The Smoke Clears- Three 6 Mafia

    all Ludacris albums

    Laugh Now Cry Later- Ice Cube

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    and coming soon
    Cash Money Laundering- All $tar

  • Knowledgeable

    I’m 22 and my classics are:

    Eminem: Slim Shady LP
    Eminem: Marshall Mathers LP
    Jay-Z: The Blueprint
    Jay-Z: The Black Album
    Nas: Stillmatic
    Kanye West: College Dropout
    50 Cent: Get Rich or Die Tryin
    T.I.: King
    Lil Wayne: The Carter III
    Dr. Dre: Chronic 2001
    OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    Common: Be

    I think this is a pretty respectable list since a lot of these albums are top quality or at least have had a huge impact on the game. As much ish as people like to talk, our generation has many great moments in Hip Hop.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    70′s baaaaabbbby…
    Smoking blunts & drinking sum liquor,staring high up in the blue sky,hoping 2 hit sum pussy.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mitchfromdc mitch from dc

    im 25, 1984

    Better dayz—pac
    makeavelli—–pac
    me against the world–pac
    illmatic—nas
    stillmatic–nas
    diary—face
    last of a dying breed–face
    chronic—-dre
    eminem—marshall mathers lp
    paper trails– ti
    aziatic- az
    reasonable doubt– jay
    blue print –jay
    black album –jay z
    american ganster- jay z
    lauryn hill unplugged
    graduation—kanye west
    da good da bad the ugly ghettoe boys
    street life –fiend

    oh and check out mitch from dc http://www.myspace.com/mitchfromdc

  • true

    Modern Day (mid-late 2000′s) classics IMO:
    Asher Roth- Asleep In The Bread Aisle
    Charles Hamilton- Pink Lavalamp
    Kid Cudi-MOTM:EOD
    Kanye West- All, especially 808s
    Eminem- Recovery
    Lupe Fiasco- F&L/The Cool
    T.I.-King
    Young Jeezy-TM101/Recession
    Slaughterhouse-Slaughterhouse
    Drake- possibly TML (i didn’t like it at first, but isn’t that the case with most classics?)/So Far Gone (if only it had been an album)

    and i’m confident J.Cole, QuESt and Jay Electronica will be newcomers to this list, and Kanye and Lupe will add to it

  • Young Mo Fo

    Im 18 and these are mines
    Game – The Documentary
    Nas – Illmatic
    Jay Z – The Black Album
    Kanye West – Late Registration
    Dr. Dre – 2001
    Biggie – Ready 2 Die
    Eminem – Encore
    J. Cole – The Warmup (mixtape but better than most albums)
    Lupe Fiasco – The Cool / Food n Liquor

    Usually Im a fan of production and then lyrics, so thats why most of it is based on production. My #1 favorite might have to be The Documentary. that shit was classic

  • PH

    im 19.
    1-kanye – late registration
    2-nas – it was written
    3-biggie – life after death
    4-jay-z – reasonable doubt
    5-outkast – atliens/ aquemini
    6-tribe called quest – midnight marauders
    7-blackstar – blackstar
    8- roots -illadelph half-life
    9-raekwon – OBFCL
    10-fugees – the score or wyclef – the carnival

    • PH

      kanye is a double threat. beats and lyrics. i dont mess with the 80s too much

  • Primetime81

    I was born in 1992. My list goes as follows

    1. The Eminem Show
    2. 2001
    3. Get Rich Or Die Tryin
    4.Graduation
    5.And Then There Was X
    6. 36 Chambers
    7. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
    8.The Marshall Mathers LP
    9.Paper Trail
    10. The Blueprints Collectively

  • http://www.youtube.com/wiseguyue92 WiseGuy

    I was born in 92, I’m gonna be 19 in a few months my top 5 albums are
    1. Illmatic-Nas
    2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill-Lauryn Hill
    3. The Marshall Mathers LP-Eminem
    4. Ready To Die-Notorious B.I.G.
    5. Me Against The World-2Pac
    Even though I’ve done most of my growing up in the new millenium I still consider myself a 90′s baby. For some reason I identify more with the vibe and atmosphere of 90′s entertainment, specifically music so I might be a little biased. But the new millenium has definitely produced some undeniable classics and Late Registration is one of them. Other are;
    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show,
    Stankonia
    Get Rich or Die Tryin’
    The Blueprint
    The College Dropout
    Arguablly Stillmatic, God’s Son, The Black Album, The Documentary and a bunch more although I think these are just
    a few shades below “classic”. But even though the 2000′s produced some undisputed masterpieces, there were less here than in any other decade. At least in my opinion.