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