What’s the Best Album You Forgot Existed?

Everyone has different ways that they listen to music. Some are only occasional listeners, maybe at the club or at the bar, when they’re ready to let go of their inhibitions, let their hair down and dance. Some only listen to the radio, never really knowing what artist or song is blasting through their car stereo. Some only play the records from their childhood, not really in touch with what the kids are listening to now.

And then there’s us. This new breed of monster that, thanks to the Internet, is constantly updating his or her iPod with fresh material on a daily basis. I don’t know what it is about hip-hop fans, but we’re obsessed with the new, the now. No other musical genre consistently releases new joints on such a frequent basis. Every day someone else is dropping another song or mixtape. And so, ever since I got my first iPod, I’ve always kept a play list called “new shit” and filled it with what I thought was the best of the present day’s offerings.

Funny thing is, with all the music I have on Apple’s greatest creation to date (10,000 plus songs and counting), I spend more time listening to the latest additions to my collection than anything else. But every now and then there’s a slow week on the blogs, nothing deems itself worthy enough to add to the rotation, and I’m forced to dig in the virtual crates.

To me, there’s nothing like that feeling of really connecting with music: whether you’re in a bad mood and you just need something to calm you down, or you’re super hype about something you need to celebrate. Maybe you’re getting ready to go out and you need to start the night off right or you’ve been waiting all week to stay in with that special someone. The whole point for me is to find that line, that note, that hook, that loop, whatever, to complement my mind state at any given moment. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don’t.

Sometimes the music dictates your emotions. Sometimes you didn’t even know you wanted to go to that place and the song will take you there.

And sometimes you forget a certain song or album even existed. It’s hard to describe that re-encounter, but it’s up there with some of my favorite sensations as a music fan. I’m scrolling down my list of artists and something will pop up that I haven’t heard in a million years. Something I played the fuck out of back when it first came out, but since then I’ve neglected it like the change under my couch cushions or those baggy ass Guess jeans sitting in the back of my closet for the last five years. Something that I know will now take on a new meaning, because it has been resurrected and reborn.

Over the last month or so I’ve rediscovered a handful of material that’s made its way back into the “new shit” folder on my iPod. Wyclef’s Carnival—an album I probably haven’t heard since I was in high school; O.C.’s Word…Life, especially Buckwild’s 15-second interludes; the instrumental Preemo threw on Jeru the Damaja’s Wrath of the Math before “Scientifical Madness;” Nas’s “My Way” from The Lost Tapes, Hi Tek’s “Tony Guitar Watson”—which I would play on repeat a million times a day and throw on every mixtape I would make for friends. The list goes on and on, and the rediscovery process never ends.

But as I pointed out before, everyone’s relationship with their music collection is different. So now it’s your turn to chime in. What’s songs, albums or artists were completely wiped from you’re memory banks that you recently stumbled upon? Now’s your chance to help them take on a new life. —Jesse Gissen

  • RicoSnow

    Heltah Skeltah Operation Lockdown

    Field Mob Ashy to Classy

    Beastie Boys Paul boutique

    RedMan Muddy Waters

    Master P Ghetto D

    • DMC

      It’s Nocturnal by Heltah Skeltah
      What about OGC da Storm
      Smif-n-Wessun-Da shinin
      Boot Camp Click is/was the shit we need more real ass hip hop music. How about Jada’s first album…that shit banged hard.
      50 Cent-Guess Who’s back! (when the nigga was straight lyrical)
      co-sign ATLiens
      Tha Liks-Coast II Coast

  • Piffsburgh

    Ghostface Killah Ironman
    Raekwon only built 4 cuban linx
    outkast atliens

    need to pop one of those hard copys into my stereo

  • MassNasty

    Oh Man! That’s what I’m doing right now! These are some of the gems that always hit me deep inside when I play em’!

    WC – The Shadiest One
    DJ Quik – Safe & Sound
    Goodie Mob – Soul Food
    Dogg Pound – Dogg Food
    Sirmixalot

    • Anonymous

      Goodie Moe B.. n D 0 Double GG Pound!!
      Classics!!

  • Pellz

    Nas song purple from “The Lost Tapes”
    Deathrows Greatest Hits….the first one with all those fly remixes
    Scarface Face II Face The World is Yours
    Menace II Society soundtrack

  • http://www.xxlmag.com GeNe-E

    Souls Of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
    Casual – Fear Itself
    Beatnuts – A Musical Massacre
    Funkdoobiest – Which Doobie U Be
    Das Efx – Hold It Down
    Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
    Group Home – Livin’ Proof
    Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
    Black Moon – Enta Da Stage
    Erib B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit Em’
    Lyricist Lounge Vol. 2

    • mpz

      BIG UPS for remembering BLACK MOON

      make munne is one of the hardest trax ever!

      • oskamadison

        I pretty much listen to nothing but old joints but a couple I recently blew the dust off were Red’s Doc’s Da Name and M.O.P.’s First Family 4 Life. Both are bangers.

        • oskamadison

          Add to that Keith Murray’s The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World. Overlooked joint.

  • htowns own

    Scarface My Homies I and II
    Master P Ghetto D
    Devin the Dude To The Extreme
    Big Pokey 2000 Dope Game

    • swype-matic

      oh those ain’t forgotten man, those are right here under my bed on cassette.

  • Kam

    Cam’ron – Killa Season

    Puff Daddy – No Way Out

    Nas – Untitled (Nigger)

  • Prince Caesar

    Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event
    Common Be
    Ruff Ryders Vol.1
    Ja Rule Venni Vetti Vecci

    • Anonymous

      Ja Rule.. ” Lawd can we getta break.. we aint really happy here.. take a look n2 my eyez.. n see pain n not fear ” classic ‘VVV’

  • mpz

    Slick Rick–The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
    Big L –Lifestylez of da Po and Dangerous
    Nas–Illmatic
    Nas–It Was Written
    Jay-Z–Reasonable Doubt
    B.G.–Chopper City
    Wu Tang clan–36 chambers

    • Anonymous

      Slick Rick.. ” (kiss kiss kiss kiss) ENUFF!! ..Beat DroPs.. Mona LisA” Tht Go Hard!! Classic

      • mpz

        hahahaah hell yeah brother…tht album is classsic. Hey Young World and Teenage Love are my 2 favorite Tracks!!! STILL TRUE TO THIS DAY!!

  • Anonymous

    Its Dark and Hell is Hot – DMX… back when he made good music

  • Harry

    Slick Rick – The Art of Story Tellin
    Nas- – God’s Son
    Masta Ace – A Long Hot Summer

  • mike

    diamond d stunts blunts and hip hop

  • Lord Maximus

    Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    Big L – Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous

    There’s probably a lot more, but those are the 2 major ones

  • Anonymous

    eazy e-eazy duz it

  • El Tico Loco

    I’ma fuck ya’ll up with these stolen Rap a Lot joints.

    Big Mike Something Serious
    Big Mello Bone Hard Zaggin
    5th Ward Boyz Ghetto Dope
    DMG Rigormortiz
    TMT Bringing Hell on Earth
    (out before Mobb Deep’s version)
    Tela The World ain’t enough
    (2 words Sho Nuff)
    Geto Boys Till Death do us apart
    Ganksta Nip The Southpart Psycho

    • Gemz

      What do you know about Ganksta Nip Fam?!!!

  • the kid frankie

    jadakiss – kiss of death
    rocko – self made

  • El Tico Loco

    And on a simpler Note

    8mile soundtrack
    Jzone – Pimps don’t pay taxes
    Jzone – Tired of being rich
    C rayz Walz – Year of the beast
    El P – Fantastic Damage
    Soundbombing II
    Lyricist Lounge (double disk)
    Thistin Howl III – Skilligans Island
    Cannibal Ox – Cold Vein
    Doom – Unexpected guests
    MF Doom – Operation Doomsday

  • megulito

    one of the best articles this encapsulate exactly how my love affair with music is this shit has save my life in some many way kept me outta bad spot and from doing profitable but reckless shit thanks for articulating this

    history-jay-z
    locked up remix with big n pac
    kanye-slave ship/fly
    just to get by talib
    feel it in the air beans
    viva la vida-cold play

  • http://yahoo.com Hip To The Bone

    Organized Konfusion First Two albums Pete Rock Soul Survivor Nas Good Morning/Watch Dem Niggas and N.Y. State of Mind Pt.2 Queen Pen A Party Aint A Party and Her Track With ron Isley Im Gon Blow Up GangStarr- Jazz thing From Mo Better Blues soundtrack Jeru Da Damaja Whatever Reflection Eternal The Blast Outkast Deep Goodie Mob Seasme Street Lil Kim Queen Bitch Jay-Z Overlooked Lp In my Lifetime Vol.1 UGK Pocket Full Of Stones Da Brat Funkdafied Redman I’ll Be Dat Keith Murry The Rhyme A Tribe Called Quest Get A Hold Who Got the Jazz.

  • megulito

    one of the best articles this encapsulate exactly how my love affair with music is this shit has save my life in some many way kept me outta bad spot and from doing profitable but reckless shit thanks for articulating this

    history-jay-z
    locked up remix with big n pac
    kanye-slave ship/fly
    just to get by talib
    feel it in the air beans
    viva la vida-cold play
    black zombie nas

  • Curtis75Black

    The Beatnuts catalog.

    • Kool Aid Dick

      gimme that boipussy and i’ll make sure my boulder balls beat your nuts bitch

  • DIZZLEMANSR…

    Juvenile- 400 Degrees
    8Ball@MJG- Coming Out Hard
    Scarface- The Fix

  • DIZZLEMANSR…

    Juvenile- 400 Degrees
    8Ball@MJG- Coming Out Hard
    Scarface- The Fix

    • swype-matic

      That 400 degreez is a southern classic, that’s the real cash money right there

  • katt

    Killa Priest- Heavy Mental

  • Anonymous

    too short-freaky tales

  • C Bo

    Method Man – Tical

    Sticky Fingaz – Black Trash (autobiography of Kirk Jones)

    Xzibit – Restless

  • Dick B.

    I don’t really forget any albums but, my two albums that I forget to play them from time to time are Infamous Mobb Deep and Midnight Marauders.

  • Dick B.

    I don’t really forget any albums but, my two albums that I forget to play them from time to time are Infamous Mobb Deep and Midnight Marauders.

  • krack mo

    i think sticky fingaz’s blacktrash (the autobiography of kirk jones)

  • Estanislao

    G-Unit Beg for Mercy
    LLoyd Banks Hunger for More
    Tech N9ne Absolute Power
    C-Murder Life or Death

  • Notorious AGC

    A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (CLASSIC)
    Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s most wanted
    Juvenile – 400 Degreez
    Cam’ron – S.D.E.
    Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle

    those are some of mine…

  • alderman j

    “one of these days ill learn/dont fuck with trick as niggas/cause they turn/into Bitch ass niggas sick of being locked in the jail/my niga clown bring a pound when they post the bail/smoking blunts in the driveway/my 4-5 screaming fuck the police/ wont fly away/thug till i die/ you wonder why im made this way/i wasnt tricked or turnt out i was raised this way/ these are the dreams of a youg teen/scheme/stack cream/ of crack fiends/one time cant hold me/ one of these days gotta bust back for the homies!!!! TUPAC UNDER PRESSURE///THAT THUG LIFE ALBUM!!

  • http://www.iap-tv.com Harra$$dadon

    Best shock rap album hands down Brotha Lynch hung Season of the Sickness! also pop in that
    Ugk- ridin dirty
    Eightball’s- Lost
    T-rocks War wounds(Unda Ground Classic!)
    Flo dawgs Block addicts
    Scarface-Last of a Dying Breed Chuurch!

  • Axeo

    Danger Doom- The Mouse and the Mask
    MF Doom- MM Food
    Doomtree- Doomtree
    Atmosphere- You Can’t imagine how much fun we’re having

    Above poster have already named others that i would put on my personnal list

  • M. Baby!

    Master P – Ghetto D
    Jeezy – TM 101
    Nas – It Was Written
    Lil Wayne – Tha Carter I
    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Est. 1999
    Bun B – Trill
    Mac – Shell Shocked
    Ghostface – Ironman
    Method Man – Tical
    Juvenile – 400 Degreez
    Kanye West – College Dropout
    Lil Flip – Undaground Legend
    Ludacris – Release Therapy
    Pastor Troy – Universal Soldier
    Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap
    T.i. – Urband Legend, Trap Muzik, & Papertrail
    TRU – Tru 2 Da Game
    UGK – Ridin Dirty

  • KLETEWOOD

    Some of my old favorites from the 90′s.

    E-40 “In a Major Way”
    Dre Dog “The New Jim Jones”
    2 Pac “Me against the World”
    The Click “Game Related”
    Ice Cube “Lethal Injection”
    Dog Pound “Dogg Food”
    DJ Quik “Quik is the name”
    Juice Soundtrack
    Hot Boys “Guerrilla Warfare”
    Brotha Lynch “Season of the Sickness”
    Master P “Ghetto D”
    Black Market
    RBL “Ruthless By Law”

    Can’t go wrong with any of these Albums. Mainly West Coast. Straight HEATERS.

  • Monco

    The Game – The Documentary
    Young Buck – Straight Outta Cashville
    Lloyd Banks – The Hunger For More
    50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin
    G-Unit – Beg For Mercy
    Mr. Criminal Ryder Muzik
    Mobb Deep – Blood Money

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Dilated Peoples – The Platform, Neighborhood Watch
    Geto Boys – Da Good Da Bad And Da Ugly
    Phil da Agony – Aromatic The Album
    Little Brother – The Listening, The Minstrel Show (hell, any of there albums up to Getback)
    Quality – Talib Kweli
    HiTek – Any of the Hi=Teknology albums
    Beatnuts – Milk Me
    Nas – Illmatic (I was bumping this in my earphones this pass Sunday while grocery shopping…gangsta)
    Soul Position – Things Go Better With…(forgot the rest of the title, but whatever happen to them dudes?)
    Brand Nubian – Foundation
    Outkast – any album up to that Idlewild mess

    I got plenty more where that came from….

  • Anonymous

    Big Pun- Capitol Punishment how could you forget about one of the hardest album hip-hop has ever had

  • Danny

    Lecrae-Rebel
    Common-Be
    Atmosphere-When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold
    The Roots-Things Fall Apart
    AZ-Undeniable
    Skyzoo-The Salvation
    Murs-Murrays Revenge

  • sway-z

    OC-”Jewelz”

    “It’s my world, and I won’t stop”….

  • Jerm

    Marshall Mathers LP

    this album really hit me, because all this time ive been hearing (Recovery and) Love The Way You Lie everywhere, i forgot how crazy the contrast is between the 2 albums. This also reminded me I guess how hungry and bold Eminem was on his records.

  • mpz

    Slick Rick—Hey Young World
    Slick Rick–Teenage Love
    B.G.–Uptown Thang 1996
    Young Zee–Problems
    The Lox, Foxy Brown, Kid Capri–My Niggaz 1998 (one of the illest beats of all time)

  • PeRs_1

    Sheeet,

    Most of these albums I listen to on the regular…

    One album that I bumped back in the day which I must have lost the disc and just forgotten was “Home Field Advantage” By the High and Mighty.

    Came across a couple tracks from that on my boys iPod the other week and I flipped out! That shit took me back.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    mmm…

    Project Pat – Gettin Green (That Intro, Damn!)

    Tear Da Club Up Thugs – CrazyNDaLazDayz (with Juicy J, Dj Paul & Lord Infamous)

    Nate Dogg – G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 (Weed)

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    mmm…

    Project Pat – Ghetty Green (That Intro, Damn!)

    Tear Da Club Up Thugs – CrazyNDaLazDayz (with Juicy J, Dj Paul & Lord Infamous)

    Nate Dogg – G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 (Weed)

  • swype-matic

    Fiend: There’s One In every Family
    Lil’ Flip: The Leprechaun
    Soulja Slim: Give It To’em Raw
    Project Pat: Mista Don’t play
    Soundbombing Vol 2
    Tela: Now or Never

  • johnhancock

    i recently bought the new linkin park cd and this made me rediscover Fort minor, a rising tied …such a classic album

  • ★power

    Anyone remember the album The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama by Real Live? Found that cd and from track one to the end its a gem.

  • sam

    group home livin proof

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  • mutual 08

    SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS-HARD KNOCKS
    EITHER OF THE TUFF CREW ALBUMS
    THE FIRST 7A3 ALBUM
    TAKE A LOOK AROUND-MASTA ACE
    PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS-LAKIM SHABAZZ
    FIRST CHILL ROB G ALBUM PRODUCED BY MARK “THE 45″ KING
    POSITIVE REACTION-CAVEMAN (U.K HIP HOP FROM 1990)
    THE HORNS OF JERICHO-HIJACK (UNRELEASED BY SIRE, U.K HIP-HOP, 1991)
    DA FAT GANGSTA-FAT JOE
    IN CONTROL VOLUME 1-MARLEY MARL
    EYES ON THIS -MC LYTE
    RUNAWAY SLAVE-SHOWBIZ AND A.G
    VAGINA DINER- AKINEYLE

  • mutual 08

    SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS-HARD KNOCKS
    EITHER OF THE TUFF CREW ALBUMS
    THE FIRST 7A3 ALBUM
    TAKE A LOOK AROUND-MASTA ACE
    PURE RIGHTEOUSNESS-LAKIM SHABAZZ
    FIRST CHILL ROB G ALBUM PRODUCED BY MARK “THE 45″ KING
    POSITIVE REACTION-CAVEMAN (U.K HIP HOP FROM 1990)
    THE HORNS OF JERICHO-HIJACK (UNRELEASED BY SIRE, U.K HIP-HOP, 1991)
    DA FAT GANGSTA-FAT JOE
    IN CONTROL VOLUME 1-MARLEY MARL
    EYES ON THIS -MC LYTE
    RUNAWAY SLAVE-SHOWBIZ AND A.G
    VAGINA DINER- AKINEYLE

  • mutual 08

    and both albums by NINE!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/pegz pegz

    ras kass – h20 proof
    bobby digital – brooklyn babies
    da nayborhoodz – how we do it
    gutter snypes – trials of life e.p
    london posse – how the other half do
    raekwon – live from n.y
    show and a.g – silence of the lambs remix
    7l and esoteric – headswell
    noreaga – body in the trunk (l.m.a.o) no really
    al tariq – peace akki
    az – i dont give a fuck
    the tame one zulu freestyle from stretch and bobbito

  • DJ FAME…..

    Gangstarr – Hard to Earn