What Hip-Hop Album Would You Wanna See Played Live?

Urb.com broke the news yesterday that Lauryn Hill was going to perform her seminal debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in its entirety during this year’s Rock the Bells festival.

The concept is nothing new. Jay-Z brought Reasonable Doubt to life at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall back in 2006, GZA recently dusted off Liquid Swords and several rock acts like Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan also ran through their classic material in front of a live audience.

While I’m not exactly jumping out of my seat to see Ms. Hill partying like it’s 1998 again, the announcement got me thinking about what discs I would pay to see reenacted onstage.

First up on my list is Illmatic. Nas’ timeless LP has a short track list, one lone feature by AZ and, as we found out last year during his public divorce with Kelis, God’s Son apparently has a stake in Guerilla Union, the company that puts on Rock the Bells. Let’s be real, this should have been happened already.

Second up is my favorite A Tribe Called Quest LP, The Low End Theory. The group has already reunited and gone on tour several times in the last few years, Phife is reportedly in good health and they have a Michael Rapaport-directed documentary coming out soon, that they need to promote. Let’s do it, fellas.

Lastly is Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers. Granted it wouldn’t be the same without Ol’ Dirty but it would still be pretty freaking awesome.

Question is, what albums would you guys like to see played in full? —Jesse Gissen

  • Saida

    Criminal Minded
    Great Adventures of Slick Rick
    Paid in full
    36 Chambers

    • http://www.myspace.com/mexplains M.E.

      U.K. Artist-
      Dettwork South East- Blak Twang
      Brand New Second Hand- Roots Manuva
      Spazz the World- Cappo
      Gangster Chronicles-London Posse
      Upwards-Ty

      U.S Artist-
      Doe or Die-AZ
      Atliens-OutKast
      Bizarre Ride II the…-Pharcyde
      Supreme Clientele-Ghostface
      Uptown Saturday Night- Camp Lo
      Jeanius-Jean Grae

  • Jules

    Doggystyle
    Straight Outta Compton
    The Chronic 2001
    Eminem Show or MMLP
    Get Rich or Die Tryin
    Hip Hop is Dead
    Distant Relatives
    Hard Knock Life Vol. 2
    It’s Dark… and Hell is Hot
    Dogg Food

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    The Chronic
    Illmatic
    Doggystyle
    American Gangster
    The Champ Is Here (I know it’s a mixtape)
    Hell On Earth
    The Marshall Mathers LP

  • Keator

    Lover’s Rock_Sade
    Chronic
    Doggiestyle
    Vol III- life of S Carter
    Lupe_Food and Liquor
    Kanye_College Dropout
    Lil Wayne_tha carter

  • royboy1130

    tech n9ne_Anghelic or Absolute Power
    God Son
    Pastor Troy_we Ready
    CNN_War Report
    Mac_Shell Shocked

  • AZ40

    Obie Trice-Second Rounds on Me
    Freeway-Philadelphia Freeway
    Outkast-Southerplaylistic…or Love Below
    Eric B Rakim-Paid in Full
    Wiz Khalifa-Deal or No Deal
    AZ-The Format

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Ice Cube w/Bomb Squad BAND – Amerikkkaz Most Wanted.

  • http://twitter.com/gahchinzo GGB

    I’m going to go left a little bit and choose some of Wiz Khalifa’s content. I would love to hear Kush and Orange Juice, Deal or No Deal, or Prince of the City 2 live in its entirety.

    • T-MaRT

      thats just a dumb idea

  • stuckfresh

    Young Jeezy-Thug motavation 101
    Juvenille-400 degrees
    Scareface- untouchable
    Birdman-5 star stunna and Priceless
    The lox- We are the streets
    Z-ro- Crack
    Outkast- Ataliens

  • Deadly MIME

    Enter The 36 Chambers- Wu-Tang Clan
    Straight Outta Compton- NWA
    It Takes A Nation Of Millions- Public Enemy
    Fear Of A Black Planet- Public Enemy
    Return To The 36 Chambers- Ol Dirty Bastard
    College Dropout- Kanye West
    http://www.ThugsareUs.com- Trick Daddy
    Illmatic- Nas
    The Cool- Lupe Fiasco
    Paid In Full- Eric B. And Rakim
    too many to name

  • ay

    Me Against The world
    All eyez On Me

  • M. Baby!

    Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    Biggie – Ready To Die
    2Pac – Makaveli
    Outkast – Aquemini
    Nas – Illmatic
    50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Trying
    Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101
    Snoop – Doggystyle
    Dre – Chronic
    Ross – Deeper Than Rap
    T.I. – Urban legend
    Wu-Tang – Enter The 36 Chambers
    Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    Kanye West – Graduation
    Lil Wayne – Tha Carter I

  • BIGSCREECH

    The Purple Tape! Live!

  • DV8

    LMAO somebody up there said Birdman.

    co-sign ODB Return to 36 chambers

    ATCQ Midnight Mauraders
    Redman Muddy Waters

  • jonny bizness

    nas the lost tapes even though it was put together probably by a columbia’s a&r from the intro doo rags to the last track pure fire !!!!!

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    T.I. vs TIP (nigga had some crazy features on that shit, & some really good records)
    Comin Out Hard – Eightball & MJG (blast to the past)
    The Recession (when Welcome Back comes on, & that beat/bass drops *dies & goes to heaven*)
    Kiss of Death (on my NY shit)
    The Carter (the first one, he really went hard on that album. dont sleep)
    The Documentary (off the strength of how crazy that Put U On Game beat is, i would love to see that live)
    The Black Album (my fav. Jay album, hands down)
    Bad Azz – Lil Boosie (dont sleep on this lil nigga, im warning u)

  • betrott

    re-sequenced Trap Muzik (T.I.)
    Common’s Like Water for Chocolate
    Outkast – Stankonia

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    ‘Return To…’-ODB

    ‘It Was Written’-Nas

    ‘Renaissance’-Q-Tip

    ‘Extinction Level Event’-Busta

    ‘Chicken & Beer’-Luda

    ‘Dare Iz A Darkside’-Redman

    ‘My Ghetto Report Card’-E-40

    ‘Wu Tang Forever’-WTC

    ‘Follow The leader’-Eric b & Rakim

    ‘Business As Usual’-EpMd

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      Co-Sign Wu Forever (minus “Shampoo” please)

      I can’t believe I forgot the Purple Tape. Damn.

  • Anonymous

    Bonethugs N Harmony-East 99
    Wiz Khalifa- Deal Or No Deal
    The Game- The Documentary

  • balls2thewall

    anything done by OUTKAST

  • El Tico Loco

    OBCL I and II
    License to Ill
    Supreme Caliente
    Things Fall apart
    Wanted Dead or Alive
    Low End Theory
    Follow the Leader
    The Minstrel Show
    Death Certificate
    Both Dedications (even if they’re mixtapes)
    Super Tight
    ’til death do us apart
    Whut? the Album
    Strictly Business
    Illmatic

  • Infamous1

    THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL
    ILLMATIC
    IT WAS WRITTEN
    REASONABLE DOUBT
    THE SCORE
    READY 2 DIE
    ALL EYEZ ON ME
    STRICTLY 4 MY N.I.G.G.A.Z
    THE SLIM SHADY LP
    LIFE AFTER DEATH
    ITS DARK & HELL IS HOT
    GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’
    TI VS TIP
    THE RECESSION

  • Anonymous

    Man On The Moon:End Of The Day-Kid Cudi

  • Jerm

    Aquemini…just because of the production on some of the tracks were insane, horns especially

    Anything UGK…cuz their production is wicked as well, so hearing instruments live would be nice too.

  • Shai

    ALBUM:Thank Me Later

    MIXTAPE:So Far Gone

    Hate on it.

  • DownSouth

    Biggie “Ready 2 Die” – That al front to back is a story.

    Outkast “Aquemini” – With the skits and order of that al, it would be kool to see it reenacted live.

    RZA “Bobby Digital in Stereo” – I can see Bobby doing something real sweet with this al live.

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Nas-It was Written
    Jay-z-I’ve seen him peform them all and it would be worth it again
    Outkast-Atliens
    Mobb Deep-The infamous
    The Lox-We are The Streets
    Rae-OB4CL
    A tribe called quest-Midnight
    Doogystyle
    The Chronic
    College Dropout
    Scarface-The Fix
    DMX-Its dark
    Juvenile 400 Degrees

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Little Brother-any of their albums cuz they all fire!

    ATCQ-Midnight Marauders, Beats Rhymes and Life, and The Love Movement

    Murs and 9th Wonder-Fornever

    Dilated Peoples-All their albums except 20/20

    Talib Kweli-Quality and Eardrum

    Skyzoo-The Salvation

    De La Soul-Stakes Is High

    Outkast-any album except that Idlewild mess

    Eric B. and Rakim-Paid In Full

    Hell I can go on for days…..

  • Anonymous

    there is no competition 2 and busta rhymes 1st LP

  • Chris S

    College Dropout with live a live orchestra (similar to Late Orchestration)

  • Pro9het

    Me Against The World – 2Pac
    Ready To Die – BIG

    xD!

  • ripsta

    east 1999 eternal – bone thugs

    capital punishment – big pun

    slim shady lp – eminem

  • BIGNAT

    all the outkast albums that shit would be epic.
    supreme clientele that would be good
    the second O.D.B album NIGGA PLEASE thatwould be crazy
    scarface the fix would be naother epic one
    to me which album would work the best would be 88keys the death of adam.

  • http://xxl.com kinqqSean89

    Blueprint- Jay-Z
    Hard knock Life Vol.3- Jay-Z
    No Way Out- Puff Daddy & The Family
    Life after Death- The Notorious B.I.G
    Ready To Die- The Notorious B.I.G
    Breaking Atoms- Main Source
    The chronic- Dr.Dr

  • Slymm

    Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101, Trap Or Die 1 & 2, The Recession
    ANY Outkast album
    Bun B – Trill, 2 Trill
    Any UGK album
    Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    Wiz Khalifa – Kush & OJ, Burn After Rollin’
    Drake – So Far Gone
    T.I. – Trap Music, I’m Serious, KING
    Freddie Gibbs – Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs
    Mystikal – Unpredictable, Let’s Get Ready, Ghetto Fabolous
    8Ball & MJG – Spaceage Pimpin, On Top of the World, Coming Out Hard

    • Slymm

      Add Lil’ Wayne’s Dedication 1 & 2, The Drought 3, The Carter 2, & The Drought is Over 4.

  • http://fanatic48331@yahoo.com Emperor Doom

    My ideal albums would be:

    The Documentary
    Get Rich or Die Tryin
    Thug Motivation 101
    The Marshall Mathers LP
    Beg for Mercy
    Chronic 2001

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    1. Muddy Waters – Redman
    2. 36 Chambers – Wu Tang Clan
    3. Nigga Please!!! – ODB (Rest in peace)
    4. Anything by the Beatnuts ;-)
    5. I Got Next – KRS One

  • KPKPKPKL

    ALL NAS ALBUMS BACK TO BACK….

  • General Yopeck

    illmatic
    36 chambers
    ready to die
    It’s Dark… and Hell is Hot
    liquid swords

  • http://xxlmag.com pimpgangstatrick

    season of tha sicc by brotha lynch

  • sajib

    slum village – fantastic vol. 2
    lauryn hill – miseducation
    dr. dre – the chronic and 2001
    the roots – phrenology
    kanye west – late registration
    common – like water for chocolate
    jay-z – reasonable doubt and blueprint
    raekwon – ob4cl
    outkast – stankonia

  • Stephen

    RAEKWON – ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX PART 2

  • Dub

    Pastor Troy- We Ready
    OutKast-Aquemini/Atlien
    TI-Trap Muzik
    Kanye-College Dropout
    DMX-Flesh of My Flesh,Blood of My Blood
    Nas-Stillmatic (just for Ether)

  • forest ill.

    36 chambers. that is all.

  • clifford

    Man On The Moon:End Of The Day-Kid Cudi

  • clifford

    Chip Tha Ripper-The Cleveland Show
    Cleveland Maaaaaane!

  • DETROIT

    TOO SHORT – GET IN WHERE U FIT IN AND COCKTALES.

  • AlexHexly

    D’angelo – brown Sugar
    outkast – Atliens
    Redman – muddywaters

  • TomSchneider

    Aquemini
    Black on Both Sides
    The Score
    Low End Theory
    Murrays Revenge

    yeah

  • P. Harris

    Ironman – GFK

    Enta Da Stage – Black Moon

    Jesus Price Supastar – Sean Price

    Fuck it… all BCC albums…

    The War Report – CNN

    The Infamous – Mobb Deep

    A Long Hot Summer – Masta Ace

    BlackStar

    DMX – …Hell is Hot / Flesh of My Flesh…

    too many to name

    ^^^^This is why I fux with NY rap… Don’t really fuck with the new shit… but NY rappers have so many classics…

  • Justin

    I Believe That It Should Be The Albums That Were Rated As Classics. Or It Could Be The Albums That Left An Impact On Hip-Hop Culture.

  • DUKE

    BONE THUGS-E.1999 ETERNAL
    N.W.A.-STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
    ICE CUBE AMRERIKKA’S MOST
    DMX-IT’S DARK AND HELL IS HOT
    METHOD MAN AND REDMAN BO PT.1
    WU-TANG 36 CHAMBERS
    GHOSTFACE BULLETPROOF WALLETS (THE STREET RELEASE WITH “THE SUN,THE WATCH AND GOODTIMES”)
    NAS-ILLMATIC AND STILLMATIC
    RAKIM-PAID AND FULL AND FOLLOW THE LEADER
    KRS ONE-CRIMINAL MINDED
    SNOOP DOGG-DOGGYSTYLE
    MOBB DEEP-THE INFAMOUS AND MURDA MUZIK
    JAY-Z-REASONABLE DOUBT
    KOOL G RAP-3,4,5
    RAEKWON-ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINX
    C-N-N-THE WAR REPORT
    TWISTA- ADRENALINE RUSH
    BUSTA RHYMES-HIS FIRST FOUR ALBUMS AND THE BIG BANG

    THIS IS MY LIST SO FAR IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

  • Thomas

    Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth
    Beanie Sigel – The Reason
    Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside
    Jay-Z – In My Lifetime Vol. 1
    O.C. – Jewelz
    Little Brother – The Minstrel Show

  • Smart Reader

    Jay Z- Entire discography, lets be real!!!
    Pac- All Eyez On Me+ 7Day Theory (kill to c that one)
    Busta- Greatest Hits Collection, esp. YO SPLIFF WHERE THE WEED AT!
    Biggie- Born Again
    Drizzy- Thank Me Later

  • Nomad

    Kanye-College Dropout
    Clipse-Hell Hath No Fury
    Rae-OB4CL
    Em-The Marshall Mathers Lp
    Nas-Illmatic
    Tribe-Low End Theory
    Cudi-Man on the Moon

  • Unwritten

    Outkast- The Love Below/Speakerboxx
    Kanye West- Late Registration
    Clipse- Til The Casket Drops
    Common- Like Water For Chocolate
    2 Pac- All Eyez on Me
    FELT 2
    DMX- It’s Dark and Hell is Hot
    Eminem- Marshal Mathers LP
    B.O.B.- The Adventures of Bobby Ray
    Ludacris- Red Light District
    Nas and Jr Gong- Distant Relatives

  • http://xxlmag.com PdubKing

    young jeezy – the recession
    lil wayne – the carter 3
    the game – l.a.x.
    eminem – marshal mathers lp
    spm – the last chair violinist

  • Dick B.

    Illmatic of course with AZ up there and DJ Premier as the deejay.

    Enter the Wu Tang is my second pick with ODB making a comeback.

    Ready To Die with Biggie making a resurrection for the concert with Easy Mo Bee as the deejay.

    Either one of A Tribe Called Quest’s 2nd or 3rd albums.

    Scene: A bunch of people are gathered around Big Punisher’s grave site. All of a sudden Pun busts out of his coffin and he and the Terror Squad have a live preformance of Capital Punishment. Big Pun saves Hip Hop (while losing 200 pounds) and ends the careers of all the fake rappers (except Fat Joe).