Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Top 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time...In My Humble Opinion (updated)

What's happening peoples!  Long time no see and there has been a lot to talk about within the world of hip-hop, most notably Kendrick Lamar's new standard bearing landmark, To Pimp A Butterfly, but also issues involving Kanye and the ever controversial Azaelia Banks.  However, for this piece, I figured I would have a little fun with this one.  This will also be up for much debate, but I'm doing my own version of the one hundred best hip-hop albums of all time.  Not just of the decade, but EVER!  Before I get started, please note that this is only my opinion, but because it's my blog, it's the one that matters.  With that being said, let's kick things off.

100. The Roots- Do You Want More?!??!
Their major label debut was an eclectic yet loving debut of the greatest band in the history of hip-hop

99. Dr. Dre- Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre
His retirement album was filled with reasons he's considered the Quincy Jones of our generation.

98. Reflection Eternal- Train Of Thought
Kweli & Hi-Tek's debut was the strongest album either cat ever put out to this very day.  Plus how do you escape "Love Languages"?

97. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib- Piñata
Last year's superior effort further solidified the eccentric soul that is Madlib but officially put Gibbs in higher territory

96. Erick Sermon- Double Or Nothing
At E-double's finest, he was almost untouched and this album was his magnum opus

95. Ras Kass- Soul On Ice
Although the production wasn't considered mind-blowing at times, this album has been considered one of the most lyrical albums of all-times, plus with "Nature Of The Threat", it's damn sure among the most controversial

94. Beanie Sigel- The Truth
The debut from State Property's finest rocked harder than most upon its release and established a star in the making.  From head to toe, not only was this album a gem in the production sense, but this is among the most honest and raw debuts to come along in quite a minute

93.Mobb Deep- Hell On Earth
This very chilling follow-up to The Infamous rocked almost every bit as hard as their prior album.  Havoc supplied some of the darkest beats of his career on this one, while P continued to show he was one of hip-hop's most visual emcees.

92. MF Doom- Operaton Doomsday
The debut of the metal-faced villain was an odd yet flowing mix of the zany world that is Doom

91. Boogie Down Productions- Edutainment
The album that spawned "Love's Gonna Get Cha" is still considered one of the very best from BDP

90. Jay-Z- Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
It was hard to duplicate the smash that was Reasonable Doubt, but at that time, this was close

89. Goodie Mob- Still Standing
The sophomore effort from Cee-Lo and the boys was more musically oriented but they came even harder with their message

88. Blu & Exile- Below The Heavens
This incredible debut from the young Cali native and producer Exile was the most heralded album in the underground in 2007, and rightfully so

87. Nas- untitled
Originally entitled Nigger, this album would bring a pro-Black stance out of Nas we had never seen before, and this album was definitely meant to piss a lot of people off

86. 2Pac- All Eyez On Me
The final album released while Mr. Shakur was alive became his most commercially successful but also spawned several excellent singles

85. Q-Tip- The Renaissance
If there was ever a solo version of a Tribe album, this was it, and after the critical panning of his debut, Amplified, this was an exemplary rebound

84. Capone-N-Noreaga- The War Report
Chaos and bloodshed riddled this incredible debut by C-N-N.  If you combined The Infamous and Hell On Earth, you have this superior release from the Lefrak City/Queensbridge connection

83. Mos Def- Black On Both Sides
This was Mos at his absolute finest.  This was musical and at times a good eclectic mix-up, but this was simply dazzling

82. Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death
The final album released by Biggie just after his passing officially put him into the commercial limelight while showing while he truly is to this day one of the greatest to ever hold the mic, EVER

81. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony- Creepin' On Ah Come Up
The melodic debut from Cleveland's finest quintet snuck up and hit people in the face with how hard this EP went

80. Scarface- The Fix
The Source gave this 5 mics, and rightfully so as he came more soulful and reflective than ever on this

79. Nas- It Was Written
The sophomore album from Nas saw him going in a mafioso-inspired direction, but at the end yielded some knocking tracks that can burn to this day.  Truthfully, I would put "The Message" up there as one of his all-time best

78. Jay-Z- The Blueprint
Shawn Carter's most commercial album to date, but even then, this is among his most hitting albums

77. Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill
The stoned out introduction to B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Bobo and knocked people on their asses with Muggs' blazing production

76. Black Star- Black Star
Mos Def and Talib Kweli's debut collar album was as hip-hop on a classic level as anything you'll ever hear to this day.  Aside from the fact that the production was nearly perfect, this album celebrated hip-hop in all it's facets

75. Common- Like Water For Chocolate 
This amazing album was Common's first introduction to commercial success after going platinum from his Grammy Award-winning cut "The Light" (R.I.P. Dilla)

74. Outkast- Speakerboxx/The Love Below
This was a unique album in the sense that we heard Dre's eccentricity as well as Big Boi's funked-out linguistics in two separate discs.  Not to mention this officially marked Outkast as the most commercially successful hip-hop group of all-time

73. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels
Debuts don't come this hard very often, and Killer Mike & El-P presented a monumental album filled with anti-establishment rhetoric and aggression

72. Boogie Down Productions- By All Means Necessary
This was seen as one of the most jarring socially conscious albums of all-time, and rightfully deserves its place as a hip-hop monument

71. Genius/GZA- Liquid Swords
The elder statesman of the Wu dropped an incredible debut that rivals any of the best Wu albums ever released

70. Main Source- Breaking Atoms
This album was full of emceeing from a young Large Professor and introduced the world to a young genius named Nasty Nas on the venomous "Live At The BBQ" but don't ever sleep on "Friendly Game Of Baseball"

69. The Roots- How I Got Over
The eighth album of the legendary Roots crew was seen as the most socially conscious and at times depressing one within their discography.  They left sampling alone to go back to live instrumentation and it was worth every musical note

68. KRS-One- Return Of The Boom Bap
Without question, KRS-One's solo debut was unsurpassed, as this album completely represented Kris Parker's passion for true raw hip-hop

67. Run The Jewels- RTJ2
Explosive, venomous, and paranoid are three adjectives to describe this seminal release from the unlikely combination of Company Flow's producer/emcee extraordinaire El-P and superbly talented and outspoken southern emcee Killer Mike.  As incredible as their self-titled debut was, their sophomore album rattled America's consciousness and it was in your face.  Besides Pinata, there was no album that came close to measuring or being on the same playing field as this was.

66. Ultramagnetic MCs- Critical Breakdown
The debut by Kool Keith and the boys is widely heralded as one of the most influential albums in the golden age of hip-hop and known for its complexity

65. Mobb Deep- Murda Muzik
Although heavily bootlegged, the finished version came through superbly hard in the end and gave QB's finest their first taste of platinum.  Also seen as their last all around critical success.

64. Scarface- The World Is Yours
Seen as a continuation of Mr. Scarface Is Back, Brad Jordan further showed why he's one of the most sinister yet sincere storytellers in all the game

63. Busta Rhymes- When Disaster Strikes
Although not as grimy as his debut, this brought worldwide success to Trevor Smith with dynamite cuts like "Rhymes Galore", "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See", and "Dangerous"

62. Kendrick Lamar- good kid, M.A.A.D. city
The major label debut for King Kendrick was a home run in 2012, and showed that he's hip-hop's newest young legend.  Over engaging, yet somewhat subtle, production, this was a conceptional work of art

61. A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
The third album from Tribe haw them venturing into mainstream appeal, yet still maintaining their integrity to bring the knowledge while bringing true school hip-hop.  With cuts like the velvet smooth "Electric Relaxation" and the outstanding "Lyrics To Go", this junior effort was simply a fantastic listen and still remains that way today.  Peace Jairobi!!!!

60. Gangstarr- Daily Operation
This multifaceted release from the late Guru and Premier banged harder than most albums in 1992 and introduced the world to Group Home's Lil' Dap and Jeru The Damaja

59. Beastie Boys- Licensed To Ill
Three Jewish White guys burst on the scene and forever put to bed the notion that White kids from New York couldn't rhyme with this album

58. Big Pun- Capital Punishment
Damn! Now this folks is among the best debuts ever in hip-hop.  Who would've thought that a nearly six hundred pound Puerto Rock would captivate hip-hop like he did?  From the opening track to the closing, this album had it all, and showed that, much like Biggie, Nas, Jay, and Eminem, one album is all it takes to show greatness.  Lyrically, he was to be feared, you just wish he was still around to fully celebrate the fruits of his labor.

57. Outkast- ATLiens
The spaced-out, melodic follow-up to their breakthrough debut continued to propel Outkast further into hip-hop upper atmosphere

56. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo- Road To The Riches
KGR's debut is still seen as his greatest work to date, full of gritty New York mafia-inspired storytelling

55. NWA- Niggaz4life
The final album from the breakthrough group from Compton was more mysoganistic than Straight Outta Compton

54. Jungle Brothers- Straight Out The Jungle
The first hip-hop group not out of the Chi to throw out some House music was an influential giant in the late eighties.  Although not as consistent as their fellow Native Tongues mates De La and Tribe, this debut is nonetheless their supreme effort

53. MC Lyte- Eyes On This
Besides Shante, this particular emcee showed this wasn't just a man's game with this simply DOPE debut

52. Geto Boys- We Can't Be Stopped
The album with the now classic album cover propelled Face, Willie, and Bushwick into gold territory and presented their timeless hit "Mind's Playing Tricks On Me"

51. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony- E. 1999 Eternal
Dark, menacing, and melodic, the sophomore effort from BTNH made them explode into America's consciousness with the sobering classic "The Crossroads", while giving a shout to the lower class with "1st Of The Month".  One of hip-hop's most legendary groups had officially arrived

50. Gangstarr- Moment Of Truth
The best Gangstarr album ever done, Guru and Premier hammered everything that was touched and is seen as one of Premo's most hard-hitting produced albums

49. Kanye West- The College Dropout
Yeezus' debut showed a prodigy in the making with anthems and classics that still stand the test of time.  How can you front on "Jesus Walks"?

48. Nas- Stillmatic
People had been BEGGING for another Illmatic for years, and although this wasn't it, this was still arguably seen as Nas' second best album ever.

47. Ghostface Killah- Supreme Clientele
Without question, this is Tony Starks' magnum opus and is seen as Wu-Tang's next level album.  Don't believe me, "Strokes Of Death" will clear up any confusions.

46. Cypress Hill- Black Sunday
The commercial sophomore smash from the stoned out Latinos made for a stoner's classic and among the most stylistically copied albums ever

45. Goodie Mob- Soul Food
Goodie Mob's debut was aptly titled and presented us with another form of greatness from the Dungeon Family

44. 50 Cent- Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
One of the hardest hitting debuts since the days of Illmatic, Ready To Die, and Capital Punishment, 50 Cent murdered any competition to try him in 2003.  Obviously, 50 hasn't eclipsed this album, or even matched it, which is sad

43. Dr. Dre- 2001
The MUCH anticipated follow up to The Chronic was worth the wait and then some as nothing but G-funk classics emerged from this seminal album.

42. Scarface- Mr. Scarface Is Back
The debut from Brad Jordan was manic, macabre, violent, and filled with depression, but provided enough entertainment to make you truly believe this guy had a lot of problems

41. Fugees- The Score
One of hip-hop's most unique and interesting albums, this was nothing less than mastery on wax and disc.  It's a shame hip-hop can't provide more of this type of brilliance

40. LL Cool J- Mama Said Knock You Out
SO much for calling James Todd Smith soft, this album knocked you on your ass courtesy of LL's refueled lyrics and Marley Marl's profound production

39. Common- BE
Lonnie Rashid Lynn's musical marriage with Kanye equaled the album of his career and was even compared to Illmatic by some circles

38. Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt
The seminal debut from Shawn Carter that started an iconic career.  Seen as one of the key albums that brought the east coast back during the mid-nineties, this album still stands as his measuring stick

37. Run-DMC- Raising Hell
This album spawned the landmark singles "Walk This Way" and "You Be Illin" and showed that they were the true faces of hip-hop all over the world

36. dead prez- let's get free
Man did and m-1 go back to the militant days of PE and X-Clan with this phenomenal debut.  From subtle yet inviting production to the educating yet somewhat inciting lyrics, DP'z arrived with this album

35. Outkast- Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
The debut from Big Boi and Dre welcomed a new sound from the South that left off from UGK, Geto Boys and Eightball & MJG.  Funky and melodic, we saw the future with this album in forms of greatness

34. EPMD- Strictly Business
The debut from Erick & Parrish Making Dollars is a funky sampled album that introduced us to one of the most revered duos in hip-hop

33. The Roots- Illadelph Halflife Vol. 3
If there was ever an album that showed the true promise and potential to become one of the greatest acts in the game this was that album as it brought musicianship to the forefront while showing Black Thought's impeccable lyrical game

32. Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Many have argued that, besides the debut Wu-Tang album, this was the best solo album out of every one from the Wu, and I absolutely must agree.  There has never been a Wu solo album to surpass this epic album

31. 2Pac- Me Against The World
Shakur's third album was moody, dark, and depressing at times.  This was the most personal Pac album to date, and if you don't feel anything from "So Many Tears", you may have no soul.

30. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
2015 saw one of hip-hop's most landmark albums in the past decade or more.  Over mostly jazzy production, we have a fiery, emotional, passionate Kendrick combining elements of Public Enemy, Nas, and Mos Def in what can only be called the last American hip-hop masterpiece.  It may be a while before we find an album that can match this genius

29. Ice Cube- Death Certificate
Made in the midst of the King riots, this is an more explosive and jarring than his benchmark debut and in today's times of racial injustice and police brutality serves as a siren to today's climate

28. Scarface- The Diary
Much like his prior solo works of Mr. Scarface Is Back and The World Is Yours, it's still macabre and manic, but now we're seeing more soul and vulnerability from Face on this one.  Seen as his all-time best, this still remains as his staple of greatness

27. Madvillain- Madvillainy
In much the same great auras as Aquemini and De La Soul Is Dead, this classic had to be rotated a few times before one recognized the sheer brilliance of this album.  Over Madlib's eclectic yet occasionally jazzy production MF Doom found even more of an audience.  Heralded as one of the decades true gifts, this changed the underground forever.

26. Ice Cube- AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
O'Shea Jackson's classic debut was one of hip-hop's first marriages of west coast artists over east coast production and this violent, yet brutally honest, album showed why he was N.W.A.'s most prized weapon

25. Eric B & Rakim- Follow The Leader
The R took a more subdued approach as opposed to his landmark prior two albums.  Regardless, it continued to expand Rakim's legacy

24. Kurtis Blow- Kurtis Blow
Hip-Hop's first gold selling artist influenced the game by bringing more mainstream accessibility to the masses

23. UGK- Ridin' Dirty
Seen as the most influential hip-hop album to emerge from the South, this album went nearly platinum with no radio or video singles, which only J. Cole can brag about today. Even east coast hard rocks like Nas, Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel were highly influenced by this fantastic album

22. Brand Nubian- One For All
Four five-percenters brought forth an incredible album that has been praised the world over for its originality and its De La Soul-meets five percenter aesthetics.  Sadly this debut from them would never be quite matched by any other album they brought forth, although a couple would come close

21. Mobb Deep- The Infamous
The sophomore album from Queensbridge's residential stick up kids provided a mesmerizing soundtrack for the late night stick ups and crime sprees.  Complete with mundane and brooding production from Hav, Prodigy showed he was a lyrical force to be reckoned with and showed, as The Source stated, "Queensbridge kids don't play." If you don't put "Shook Ones Pt. 2" in your all-time fave list, what the hell is wrong with you??

20. Outkast- Aquemini
Artistic and brilliant, Outkast went to unknown areas in hip-hop and delivered a huge cornerstone for hip-hop.  With this album, they provided a breath of fresh air in the form of unique concepts and originality, mixed with their Outkast charm.

19. Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP
Fresh off his prodigious debut, The Slim Shady LP, he grabbed the audience by the throat and sent him or her on a vicious ride filled with mysogany, murder, kidnapping, and dysfunctional home life.  Met with outrage by several human rights groups, this album stands as Eminem's best effort to this day and made his drug-riddled, girlfriend problematic world a memorable listen

18. Wu-Tang Clan- Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Straight from the slums of Shaolin (Staten Island) came nine emcees that could all rhyme their asses off in a way that resembled the Juice Crew.  These Kung-Fu aficionados gave us something new, fresh, and inviting in 1993 and the world was never the same since.

17. De La Soul- 3 Feet High & Rising
Long Island, NY introduced us to three happy-go-lucky emcees that brought a hippy attitude and a carefree persona that was rather charming in the golden age.  What followed was a creative album that still remains as one of hip-hop's most treasured albums.

16. Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle
Good LAWD this album was funky!  Dr. Dre's former student stepped out his mentor's shadow and delivered an album that is still considered one of the most well-produced albums of all-time and showed the limitless talent of big Snoop Dogg.

15. Notorious B.I.G.- Ready To Die
Seen as the next hip-hop phenom, Biggie Smalls was an emcee's emcee.  He had several different styles and fully represented the essence of Brooklyn.  Once we heard "Juicy", it was clear this kid had "it", but once the streets heard "Unbelievable", the "it" factor was confirmed, and what followed was one of the greatest hip-hop albums in memory, and also birthed one of the greatest emcees in history as well.

14. Eric B & Rakim- Let The Rhythm Hit Em
What a follow up of Paid In Full, as Rakim further cemented his status as the god MC.

13. A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instinctive Travels In The Paths Of Rhythm
From Queens came three lovers of hip-hop and jazz that came together to become one of the most important and influential groups ever assembled, and their debut was just a taste of what was to come, as "Bonita Applebum" by itself was enough reason to get it.

12. Run-DMC- King Of Rock
The sophomore album to the most influential group in hip-hop history further propelled the three Queens icons into the stratosphere.

11. Public Enemy- Fear Of A Black Planet
The third effort from PE was almost just as boisterous, riotous and definitely every bit as pro-Black as It Takes A Nation Of Millions... plus now the world knew then that PE were truly rebels without a pause

10. De La Soul- De La Soul Is Dead
They slapped people in the face with their reality of who they really were with this album.  Jaded by the misconceptions their debut presented, they declared the death of the D.A.I.S.Y. (DA Inner Sound Y'all) age and took the chains off to release a severely under-appreciated yet landmark release, which culminates in the feel good "A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturdays".  To say this album was ahead of its time in 1991 is an understatement

9. LL Cool J- Radio
The introduction of James Todd Smith, and over minimalist Rick Rubin production, this album jump started the iconic career of one of the greatest to ever do it

8. Boogie Down Productions- Criminal Minded
Before he was socially conscious, he was gangsta Kris Parker. He and his DJ Scott La Rock brought forth a thunderous album that spawned anthems such as "Criminal Minded" and "South Bronx".  This album is seen as KRS-One's best effort ever in his career, and for great reason

7. N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton
Anytime you get a letter from the FBI about the content of songs from your album, you're totally doing something right. That was the case of five young men from the LA/Compton area and their form of reality was at times to real for conservative America.  However, we thank Dre, Cube, Eazy (R.I.P.), Ren and Yella for the guts to say "Fuck you" to the conservative.

6. A Tribe Called Quest- The Low End Theory
Busta Rhymes once called this album "hip-hop's perfect album".  He's almost spot on with that claim.  This album blended hip-hop and jazz so beautifully and we saw stars emerge from this album.  Other than their third effort, Midnight Marauders, this is considered their most influential release, and definitely the home of arguably the dopiest posse record of all-time, "Scenario" featuring Leaders Of The New School w/ a young up-and-comer named (the aforementioned) Busta Rhymes.

5. Dr. Dre- The Chronic
If there was any one man that brought the west coast to prominence in the early nineties, it was Andre Young.  His solo debut broke down walls and made for one hell of a good time to listen to.  Yeah the album was full of violence and mysogany, but truthfully, unless you had a stick up your ass, you had a damn good time listening.  Not to men ton it spawned the career of Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Lady Of Rage, and RBX.  Seminal to say the least.

4. Eric B & Rakim- Paid In Full
"Thinking of a master plan/cause ain't nothing but sweat inside my hand" started what was to be an iconic and influential career for Rakim.  Along his DJ Eric B, this was the launch of arguably the most respected duo outside of Run-DMC.  Laid back, yet vibrant and funky, this album is considered by MTV as the greatest hip-hop album of all-time.  Truthfully, I can see why.

3. Run-DMC- Run-DMC
The most influential group of all-time in hip-hop debuted with this album and the hip-hop world was never the same.   Rest in peace Jam Master Jay!

2. Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
WOW!  This is a sonic tour de force and is seen as the most important hip-hop album ever recorded.  Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Terminator X constructed Black rage on wax and launched an entire revolution at one time.  To this day, cuts like "Night Of The Living Baseheads" and "Rebel Without A Pause" send chills through your spine hearing the brutality in the voice of Chuck D.  Fuck gimmicky, this was true passionate, raw, unadulterated hip-hop, with Black power as its clothing.  We haven't had an album this impactful since.

1. Nas-Illmatic
Was this any surprise?  A film was made after it.  A book was written about it.  Classes were taught about it.  The greatest album in the history of hip-hop is what hip-hop demonstrates: honesty, gripping poetry, and passion.  Nasir Olu Bin Dara Jones created the prefect hip-hop album and the album that has never had an equal or a successor.  Name one rapper of the past twenty years that wasn't influenced by this album.  Just one.  Didn't think so.  He was seen as the ghetto Langston Hughes and was a genius without even trying to be.  Ilmatic is a timeless piece of not just hip-hop, but music, and will always be seen as the most prized possession hip-hop has ever heard.

Albums that barely missed the cut:

Slick Rick- The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
Big Daddy Kane- Long Live The Kane
Bun B- Trill O.G.
Bun B- Trill
Organized Konfusion- Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Pharoahe Monch- Internal Affairs
The D.O.C.- No One Could Do it Better
Gravediggaz- 6 feet Deep
Prince Paul- A Prince Among Thieves
Last Emperor- Mystery Of Bigfoot
Various Artists- Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1
Bahamadia- Kollage
Raekwon- OB4CB2
Jaylib- Champion Sound
Bone Thugs N Harmony- The Art Of War
Tech N9ne- Something Else
Eightball & MJG- On The Outside Looking In
Eminem- The Slim Shady LP
Queen Latifah- Nature Of A Sista
Lil' Kim- Hardcore
Jean Grae- JEanius
Little Brother- The Minstrel Show
Redman- Muddy Waters
Stetsasonic- On Fire
Masta Ace- Disposable Arts
Jay-Z- The Black Album
Jedi Mind Tricks- Violent By Design
Black Moon- Enta Da Stage
Souls Of Mischief- '93 Til Infinity
The Pharcyde- Bizarre Ryde II Tha Pharcyde
Tha Alkaholicks- Coast II Coast
DJ Quik- Quik Is The Name
AZ- Doe Or Die
AZ- Aziatic
Ludacris- Theater Of The Mind
Common- Resurrection
Royce Da 5'9- Death Is Certain
DMX- It's Dark & Hell Is Hot
Puff Daddy & The Family- No Way Out
Marley Marl- In Control Vol. 1
The Roots- Things Fall Apart
The Game- The Documentary
Lil' Wayne- The Carter III
Juvenile- 400 Degreez
Master P- Ice Cream Man
Big K.R.I.T.- K.R.I.T. Was Here
Heltah Skeltah- Nocturnal
Das EFX- Hold It Down
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Mecca & The Soul Brother
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- The Main Ingredient
I.N.I.- Center Of Attention
Company Flow- Funcrusher Plus
Show & AG- Runaway Slave
Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot
Xzibit- 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
J. Cole-  2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Fashawn- Boy Meets World 
Big L- Lifestylez Uv Tha Poor & Dangerous 
Scarface- The Untouchable
AZ- Doe Or Die
Skyzoo & !llmind- Live From The Tape Deck 
Daz Dillinger- Retaliation, Revenge, & Getback
Tha Dogg Pound- Dogg Food
Warren G- Regulate...G Funk Era
The Game- The Documentary 2/2.5
Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique

This will surely prompt heavy discussion among my heavy hip-hop heads, but that's also the point. Admittedly, a lot of the albums on the "Barely didn't make it" list SHOULD'VE been on the main list, but who knows, I might make a top 200 list, which would be fun to do.  If Billboard can compile a weekly 200 list via sales, I can do it too.  Looking forward to seeing some responses.  Until next time folks, I'm out.

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