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Avirov
01-20-2009, 01:45 AM
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1. Discussion of Illmatic and 36 Chambers is solely reserved for the "what have you been listening to lately" thread.

2. No criticizing taste. You're welcome to say you don't like something... or to discuss why you don't like something... in fact we WANT you to discuss these things. But none of this "you're a backpacker lol" or "mainstream sux" jibber-jabber. It's played.

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Essential Listening - aka, the only albums you absolutely need...

[2008] Black Milk - Tronic
[2008] Elzhi - The Preface
[2007] Pharoahe Monch - Desire
[2007] UGK - Underground Kings
[2006] Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
[2005] Lil Wayne - Tha Carter II
[2004] Kanye West - College Dropout
[2004] Madvillain - Madvillainy
[2004] MF Doom - MM.. Food
[2003] Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots
[2002] Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
[2001] Jay-Z - The Blueprint
[2001] Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
[2000] Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
[2000] Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
[2000] Quasimoto - The Unseen
[1999] Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
[1999] The Roots - Things Fall Apart
[1999] Pharoahe Monch - Internal Affairs
[1998] Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
[1998] Outkast - Aquemini



Honorable Mention - Stuff people liked, but not absolute genre necessities...

[2008] Guilty Simpson - Ode to the Ghetto
[2008] Prolyphic and Reanimator - The Ugly Truth
[2007] Blue Sky Black Death & Hell Razah - Razah's Ladder
[2007] CunninLynguists - Dirty Acres
[2007] Dälek - Abandoned Language
[2007] El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
[2006] Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
[2006] Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor
[2006] T.I. - King
[2006] The Roots - Game Theory
[2005] Common - Be
[2005] CunninLynguists - A Piece of Strange
[2005] Edan - Beauty and the Beat
[2004] Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer
[2003] 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
[2003] Brother Ali - Shadows on the Sun
[2003] Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
[2003] Immortal Technique - Revolutionary, Vol. 2
[2003] INI - Center of Attention
[2003] Jay-Z - The Black Album
[2003] Jaylib - Champion Sound
[2003] Ludacris - Chicken and Beer
[2003] Outkast - Speakerboxx / The Love Below
[2003] Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
[2002] Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly
[2002] Count Bass D - Dwight Spitz
[2002] El-P - Fantastic Damage
[2002] Scarface - The Fix
[2002] The Streets - Original Pirate Material
[2001] cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD
[2001] J Live - The Best Part
[2001] Nas - Stillmatic
[2000] Common - Like Water for Chocolate
[2000] Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
[2000] Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
[2000] Outkast - Stankonia
[2000] Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi Tek) - Train of Thought
[1999] Dr. Dre - 2001
[1999] MF Doom - Operation: Doomsday
[1998] Big Pun - Capital Punishment
[1998] Devin the Dude - The Dude
[1998] Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
[1998] Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
[1998] The Coup - Steal This Album



Classic of the Minute Archive:

Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East [1994]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572812
Outkast - Aquemini [1998]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573084
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2 [2000]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573286
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner [2003]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573467
Scarface - The Diary [1994]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573729
Lords of the Underground - Here Come The Lords [1993]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=574009
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein [2001]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=574187
Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell [1986]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=574852
Gang Starr - Daily Operation [1992]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=574994
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus [1997]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=575216
The Congos - Heart of the Congos [1977]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576243
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Umsindo [2009]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576441
Flying Lotus - 1983 [2006]: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576658



The old "essentials" list. Credits go to Eliminator and Apocalyptic Raids.

East Coast
Gang Starr - Step in the Arena
Jeru The Damaja - The Sun Rises In The East
Jeru The Damaja - Wrath of The Math
Big L - Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Big L - The Big Picture
Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
EPMD - Strictly Business
Run DMC - Raising Hell
Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock: The Album
Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
Mantronix - The Album
LL Cool J - Radios
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low-End Theory
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
Gang Starr - Daily Operation
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts and Hip-Hop
Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Organized Konfusion - Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Guru - Jazzmatazz
Brand Nubian - One for All
Nas - Illmatic

West Coast
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - Big Shots
Quasimoto - The Unseen
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Snoop Dogg- Doggystyle
Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
Too $hort - Cocktails

Midwest
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Common - Resurrection
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2
JayDee - Donuts
Kanye West - College Dropout
Proof - Searching for Jerry Garcia
Binary Star - Masters of the Universe
Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Bronze Nazareth - The Great Migration

South
UGK - Ridin' Dirty
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Dead Prez - Revolutionary But Gangsta
Scarface - The Diary
Outkast - Aquemini
T.I. - Trap Muzik
Devin the Dude - The Dude
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
CunninLynguists - A Piece of Strange
Count Bass D - Dwight Spitz








In a desperate attempt to expand my limited horizons, I'm slowly worming my way into the world of hip hop. Right now I'm liking El-P and Massive Attack, and would like to hear more.

So I was hoping you all could suggest the undisputed absolute best best hip hop albums.

kingsoby1
04-27-2009, 07:17 PM
1998-2008 Essentials have been tallied and are updated above.

Here's the original voting thread: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573199