Lauryn Hill, Kanye West Make Entertainment Weekly’s New Classics List

Lauryn Hill and Kanye West were among the many hip-hop stars that landed on Entertainment Weekly’s “New Classics” list. In the pop magazine’s current issue they ranked the best in movies, TV shows, books, and albums over the past 25 years.The former Fugees front woman landed at number two with her solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Hill ranked behind Prince’s Purple Rain album, which netted the top spot.

Ye’s outpaced Big Brother on the list. The Chicago lyricist was awarded the number four slot for his debut, The College Dropout. Jay-Z’s The Blueprint pulled in at number seven, to round out the hip-hop entries in the top ten of the 100-entry list.

A pair of critically-acclaimed rap albums showed up on the list next in the form of OutKast (Stankonia) and Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP). The Atlanta duo landed at 12, while Em pulled in at number 15.

The list didn’t just rely on contemporary hip-hop albums. A Tribe Called Quest’s debut, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, along with De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, also made the list. The Native Tounge click proved well at numbers 18 (ATCQ) and 22 (DLS), respectively.

Nas’s Illmatic netted the number 28 slot. Run-DMC’s Raising Hell earned the number 38 position, quickly followed by The Notorious B.I.G. at number 40 for his debut, Ready to Die.

Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique rounded out the top 50 at slots 42 and 43.

Other albums that made the list include The Fugees’ The Score (51), Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions…(55), Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full (61), Dr. Dre’s The Chronic (66), 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me (87), and T.I.’s Trap Muzik (95).—Anthony Thomas

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    T.I.’s Trap Muzik???? But no “Get Rich or Die Trying”. Regardless of how you feel about him you can’t deny how important that album was. It made him the biggest hip hop star in the world.

    Other than that I cosign the list

  • k

    don’t agree with college dropout being higher
    then all the other hip hop albums, except ti’s trap muzik

    • BirdsFlySouth

      I believe College Dropout belongs towards the top b/c before that Hip Hop was dominated by killing and dealing rap. You had to get shot (50 Cent), be ex dopeboy (Jay Z), be bipolar (Tupac), or felon (T.I.) to be considered Hip Hop. Kanye changed all that. Not to mention he’s the only one that actually wrote and produced his entire album.

  • Hazel

    Co sign ATL-I really don’t care for 50′s music anymore but I agree that “Get Rich or Die Trying” was a ranked album–the best from him in my opinion.

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

    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Anybody seen her . Big ups 2 Prince’s Purple Rain .

    When Dre & Em cuming back 2 run this rap sh*t.

  • Cake A!

    The Blueprint killing all the albums in the Top 6…..Guess its a “pop” thing! LMAO…1hunnid

    • ATL = All Trannies Live

      Blueprint killing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Purple Rain???????????

      Boy stop!

      • Black

        co-sign I love the Blueprint as much as any body but it’s nowhere near the level of Purple Rain. I can say that maybe, just maybe it has a slight edge over College Dropout. And Why isn’t Aquemini or ATLiens on the list instead of Stankonia?

  • fo life

    Damn I have 2 read the article how you put college drop out over ready 2 die? and no 2pac album in the top ten? I don’t know about this list. But yeah Get rich or die tryin was 50 cent’s best album (the only one I got) it should be somewhere on the list.

  • Deez Nutz

    Yeah u gotta put “Get Rich…” on there somewhere
    Southernplayisticadillacmusic>stankonia
    The Chronic&All Eyes on Me>most on the list

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    PAC @ 87…. THIS STRAIGHT BUUUUUUUULLLLLLL SHIIIIIIT!!!

    • http://aaronj208@hotmail.com CITIZEN DOE

      SERIOUSLY…2PAC & DR. DRE BELOW KANYE?

      CITIZEN DOE CAN’T CO-SIGN THE WORK ON THIS LIST.

      MIGHT AS WELL THROW SOULJA BOY IN AT THE TOP OF THIS PILE OF DOO DOO!!!

  • AZ40

    You gotta relize it’s not a hip hop thing, its an overall music thing, I think Dre’s album shoulda been higher because it defined a coast and changed the rap game as well as the blueprint. I can see College Dropout ranked high but not higher than the others. Would have liked to seen the Wu higher that album was classic. I don’t like 50 but he smashed the game w/ GRODT. No T.I most of those albums they listed somehow change the sound of hip hop or the content or in general change the game

  • Cambino

    Wow, All Eyez On Me at the bottom of the list?!!! That I can’t believe! What about DMXs’ It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot or even And Then There Was X, surely they should have been somewhere on the list. And to BirdsFlySouth it must be nice to be bipolar!! (In regards to Pac being bipolar)

  • Cambino

    P.S. BirdsFlySouth Kanye wrote and SAMPLED(not produced) his entire album.

  • Feedback

    What a fucking joke,

    “College Dropout” before “The Blueprint”?
    “Marshall Mathers LP” 15th?
    “Illmatic at 28″?
    “Ready To Die” at the 40th spot?,
    “All Eyez On Me” at 87?,
    AND “Trap Musik”… that’s not even supposed to be on the fucking list.

    who’s first? Souljaboy tell em?
    Droppin classics now?
    Fucking bullshit

    • freakyfiikkii

      I co-sign.

      What about Ice Cube’s Death Certificate or Amerikkka’s Most Wanted or LL Cool J Radio or Bigger and Deffer albums. This dude made the first rap ballad with I Need Love.

  • g

    whta the fuck kind of list is this.all eyez on me number one than make the list.all the real niggaz at the time know what the real shit was

  • nah

    i can’t really understand why illmatic would be at 28 but i guess this isn’t a list about hip hop. I dunno. Fuck pop culture perspectives

  • louisville stand up

    Ready to Die should definitely be in the top 10 and they gotta have get rich or die trying on there. Blueprint should be in top 3, at least higher than college dropout… Ye’s style became a success because of The Blueprint, so you can’t put Ye’s album over jay’s. Don’t agree with TIP being on the list if Ludacris aint on here… not yet anyway. Bunch of other better albums not on here

  • IndyKid

    I totally agree with the first guy. I’m not a big G-Unit fan but Get Rich or Die Trying was definitely a classic. T.I. is good but he hasn’t ever dropped a classic album.

    • Black

      What about Urban Legend?

  • kingkofi

    College DropOut better than Blueprint?

  • HeavyNThaGame

    I love the College Dropout but it’s number 4 above The Chronic???????? Entertainment Weekly can lick my balls!!!!!

  • Shawn Blaze

    This is typical Entertainment Weekly…the list is so flawed…I love College Dropout but over the Chronic, Doggystyle, Life After Death, Blueprint, Paid In Full…GET THE FU*K OUTTA HERE…AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT READY TO DIE IS THE GREATEST HIP HOP ALBUM EVER HANDS DOWN

    • Black

      I think it’s a close call with All Eyes on Me, Resonable Doubt, and Illmatic

  • ACE HUSTLA

    WAT ABOUT NWA – STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON?!?!

  • MDAce15

    You know what? This list is stupid and worthless. Who was it written by? Al Sharpton or somethin? How is reasonable doubt not on the list? Jay-Z not top 5? Nas’ Illmatic not top 5? Big’s Life after Death (or ready to die)not top 5? But KANYE’S College Dropout is top 5?!!! I rock wit kanye, i got all 3 albums, but c’mon. And it aint a black/white thing either cuz Eminem shoulda been higher. Alicia Keys not on the list?! MARY J BLIGE not on the list?! All I gotta say is Hip hop was so disrespected by this list. And I will never read another copy of EW ever again. Im bout to send them the illest E-mail right now.

  • MDAce15

    The Chronic number 66?!!! All Eyez on Me number 87?!!! 87?!!! All of us hip-hop fans should boycott that magazine for its blatant disrepect and lack of acknowledgement of our culture. Stand up Hip hop…

  • http://myspace.com/marko4aoc Marko-V

    Think for a second about the albums they have ranked top. They seem to be so called conscious albums with less violence and more about personal development. Its the same old thing tho. Whites start judgin the music and they think anything that’s problack is gifted. Remember how they always made you study slavery in school? This the same type of shit to me homie.
    Get @ me: myspace.com/marko4aoc

  • Maddolies

    Whoever Made Dis List Needs a Bullet

  • Khayan from the bronx

    SO THAT MEANS KAYNE ALBUM WAS BETTER THEN LIFE AFTER DEATH, REASONABLE DOUBT, THE BLUE PRINT, DOGGY STYLE, READY TO DIE…..LOL…WHO THE FUCK IS MAKING THESE LIST.

  • slobbythegreat

    wheres vanilla ice’s ice ice baby and what about MC Hammers U Cant Touch This..or better yet…2 legit to quit? in all seriousness, why the fuck aint BIGS life after death on there…is till bump that shit..what about Snoops doggystyle, what about Dre’s 2001. They are albums that changed the hip hop landscape…Trap Muzik didnt do that…Get rich did as well…disappointed but still a pretty good list