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RZA’s 15 Best Beats

You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.  What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.  So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. —Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.

What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.

So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
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20 Of The Best One-Rapper Albums In Hip-Hop History

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GZA Bridges Hip-Hop And Science In TED Talk

Wu-Tang Clan's GZA gave a TEDx Teen talk about science and using hip-hop as an art form to teach. The talk is called "The Genius of Science...

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What’s The Wu-Tang Clan Up To This Christmas?

The Wu-Tang Clan has had a big year, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, touring the country and Europe, and working on their long-awaited sixth group album, A Better Tomorrow...

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Mathematics Remembers Ol’ Dirty Bastard And RZA Recording ‘Enter The Wu-Tang’

DJ Mathematics got his start looping samples for GZA back in the Genius' pre-Wu-Tang, Cold Chillin' Records days. So when GZA brought him around his cousin RZA during the earliest days of the Wu-Tang Clan, Mathematics became a key affiliate and supporter for the chosen nine MCs, sitting in on recording sessions and even designing the iconic W logo that has adorned everything from their very first albums to the group's globe-reaching clothing line to the tattoos on countless fans' bodies...

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Killah Priest Doesn’t Regret Missing Out On Final Wu-Tang Clan Spot

Killah Priest has done a little bit of everything in his career. As one of the Wu-Tang Clan's most famous affiliates, he has appeared on numerous classic Wu albums and songs, including GZA's “4th Chamber” and “B...

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40 Of The Best Lines On ‘Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers’

Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is one of the most quotable hip-hop albums of all time. From the skits to the lyrics to the little bits of kung-fu films spliced into the record itself, the album creates its own world of danger, intrigue and mystery...

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Wu-Tang Clan Members Revisit ‘Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers’

This past Saturday (November 9) was the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, undoubtedly one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time and the launching pad for nine of Shaolin's finest...

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RZA Says More “Energy” Is Needed From Ghostface, Raekwon & GZA In Order For Reunion Album To Happen

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's classic debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). If the group never drops another album again, they will be considered one of the greatest collection of MCs in hip-hop history...

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Check Out This Illustration Of Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”

Twenty years ago today, the Wu-Tang Clan dropped one of the most influential albums. The Wu’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) still stands the test of time as great body of work from the nine-man crew...

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