Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I know nobody gives a f*ck about this in friggin' May but I never posted a list of my favorite albums at the end of last year even though I pretty much had it mapped out then so here it is now. What held me up was that I was gonna try and write some commentary but I never really had the time or desire.
The only thing I will say for now though is that my album of the year Doctor's Advocate by The Game, like his debut The Documentary before it, is a hip hop classic to me and not just by today's standards. F*ck what the haters or the so-called hip hop critics say or think: five, ten years from now, people will pull out this album and realize how great it is. Even if you aren't convinced just on the strength of the music, the fact that even after a (then red-hot) G-Unit kicked him out of the crew and his mentor Dr. Dre turned his back on him, he was still able to make a amazing sounding album while the Unit has since crashed and burned is an incredible story in itself to me. To use hip hop blog nerd parlance: Game won.
Big up's to Dogg Pound and Snoop Dogg too for making really good albums: never mind the South, is the West (coming) back? Anyway, here's the list for whatever it's worth:
1. The Game - Doctor's Advocate
2. Dogg Pound - Cali Iz Active
3. DJ Spooky - In Fine Style
4. Rhymefest - Blue Collar
5. DJ Green Lantern - Alive on Arrival (mixtape album)
6. Robin Thicke - The Evolution of....
7. Various Artists - Jamaica to Toronto...
8. Beck - The Information
9. Ghostface & Mick Boogie - The Broiled Salmon mixtape
10. Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Aloe Blacc | Birdman & Lil Wayne | Clipse | E-40 | Gnarls Barkley | J Dilla | Jibbs | Jim Jones | Kids in the Hall | Matthew Africa & DJ Eleven feat. Too $hort | mstrkrft | Mylo | Nas | Snoop Dogg | Tahiti 80 | Thom Yorke | T.I. | Vikter Duplaix | Young Jeezy
BONUS: Rhymefest - "Angry Black Man on an Elevator" (prod. Lil Jon) - one of my top 10 picks looking real solid for 2007 with this hot new joint. Please someone explain to me why heads f*ck with Lupe so hard (n/h) and almost completely sleep on this dude though?? Extra points to 'Fest for hooking up with my dude Jon and letting cats know that he can do more than make crunk sh*t. (mp3 courtesy Spine - be kind and Right Click and Save As this mp3 to save their bandwidth)
"Join the Kings Of The Mixtapes in association with Rapmullet.com to celebrate the newly remixed Mixtapekings.com on May 30th at the infamous Canal Room in New York City.
Mixtapekings.com and Rapmullet.com are avid supporters of the hip hop culture, so it's only right that we instill the help of the genre's biggest names. The grand father of Hip Hop Kool Herc blesses the turn tables here with host Lil Shawn from Shade 45 and special performances from Jae Millz, Ron Browz aka Ether Man, Dujeous, Serious Jones and special guest appearance by Clark Kent & more...."
Canal Room | MAP
285 W Broadway
Doors Open at @ 8 pm
Performances start @ 9 pm sharp!
Complimentary drinks by Hpnotiq Angels: but get your drinks while they last! RSVP here. Dujeous will also be playing the Mercury Lounge next week (June 8).
BTW: is that "Hickies on your Chest" Lil Shawn they're talkin' about??!
Dujeous - Website | MySpace | Sonicbids site
Monday, May 28, 2007
Trust me, the deals are retarded and the sale's still going on cos I didn't make it 'til yesterday. Normally super-overpriced high end street wear brands for Old Navy prices and they still have decent sizes in a lot of the good stuff: t-shirts $12 ea. or 2 for $20, BBC gear for 75% off??! I went in (of course).
Also had to cop at the Soho adidas store.
Click here for more details on the Union Store sale.
A more serious Memorial Day post coming
Friday, May 25, 2007
Whoa the Kanye video is out already? They just put it out there like that with no fanfare??!! Is this really the official video?
(spotted via 1xtralarge)
Labels: Kanye West
Get used to seeing more of Curtis "50 cent" Jackson looking like this!
I kind of got out of the posting regularly about hip hop news game on this site a while ago, but this (from AHH) is too momentous to ignore:
Queens, NY rapper 50 Cent may have good reason to brag on his new single "Straight to the Bank." Glacéau, makers of vitaminwater, was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company today (May 25) for $4.1 billion dollars in cash [emphasis added]. 50 Cent invested in Glacéau in 2004 and owns 10% of the company [emphasis added]. Sources told AllHipHop.com that Coca-Cola's purchase of Glacéau earned the rapper an estimated $400 million dollars. Glacéau markets and sells popular energy drinks named vitaminwater. The company markets and distributes a grape flavored energy drink inspired by 50 Cent named "Formula 50." "This is an outstanding opportunity for both of our companies to build an expanded active lifestyle business, first in the United States and then around the world," said Muhtar Kent, president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company.Click here for more.
If these numbers are real, do y'all understand what this dude just did on the business tip?!! That sh*t is amazing! Not rapper-amazing, like real big business/mogul/titans-of-industry amazing. Chris Lighty is prolly gonna get a $60M check of this deal as his manager. Even though he just pushed his album back, if you think he gives a f-ck that everyone is saying all the singles he's dropped from the Curtis album so far are trash, guess again. He's not even in the same league as the rest of these rap cats any more. Cam and everyone else just lost... forever.
This joint is f*cking fiya!
Kinfolk Kia Shine - "So Krispy" [audio: stream | zshare | bonus: "Respect My Fresh"]
Labels: Kinfolk Kia Shine
An album listening party at Southpaw in BK for the 2CD Deluxe Edition of the Dilla & Madlib collab album JAYLIB Champion Sound, available in stores June 19th.
Pete Rock will be djing.
Click here for more info.
Bonus BK sh*t: Fabolous feat. Jay-Z & Uncle Murder - "Brooklyn" (via Rizoh)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy "Can't Tell Me Nothing (remix)" - a remix already?! This isn't even out officially yet, is it? (mp3 via Spine)
Related: as of yesterday the Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer album is in stores.
Kanye West - Website | MySpace | BUY MUSIC by Kanye West
Young Jeezy - Website | MySpace
USDA - CTE website | MySpace - USDA | BUY Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer here
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Thank God, we got lucky last year. Will it be the same this hurricane season?
"The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than normal due to warmer ocean waters, with as many as ten hurricanes, and three to five of them could be major, the U.S. government's top climate agency predicted on Tuesday.Click here for more from the Reuters article "Active Atlantic hurricane season seen" as seen in Scientific American.
"We are right now in ... a period of more active hurricane seasons," said Conrad Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "It just takes one hurricane to make it a bad year for everyone here."
NOAA foresees 13 to 17 tropical storms this season, with seven to 10 developing into hurricanes. Three to five could be major ones of Category 3 or higher with winds over 110 mph (177 kmh), the agency said in its annual forecast.
An average Atlantic hurricane season brings 11 tropical storms, of which six reach hurricane wind speed of 74 mph (119 kph), including two major hurricanes, NOAA said. The hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1, typically peaks between August 1 and late October.
Earlier forecasts for the season also have predicted the return of an active pattern this year. A year ago, just 10 storms formed and no major hurricanes reached the United States."
More: The Kitchen previously on Hurricane Katrina here.
What is it about Detroit hip hop: this city seems to put out classic underground hip hop with seemingly no effort. Slum, Jay Dilla, Black Milk, Royce da 5'9, Frank N Dank and now former Athletic Mic League member Buff1? For all you purists out there check it:
- "Big Thangs" - Listen
(Be kind and save A-Side Worldwide's bandwidth: Right Click and Save As this mp3)
- "Big Thangs (Live)"
- "For U (Live)"
Online: Website | MySpace
Monday, May 21, 2007
This is slightly old but I still had to post....
Remember when, in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting, those right wing, conservative nutjobs were arguing that more liberal gun laws and allowing guns on campus might have saved some students' lives?
For a nice little preview of what life on college campuses would be like with guns in the mix, barely a week or two later a college student at Fresno State murdered one acquaintance and wounded two others after a fight over a playstation!
And now these from a week or so ago:
"The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms." (click here for more from "NRA: Don't Ban Gun Sales to Suspects")
"A gun-rights group plans to protest New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lawsuits against two Virginia gun shops by holding a "gun giveaway" in a Fairfax County government building." (click here for more from "Group plans Fairfax 'gun giveaway'")
If it's not already patently obvious to you, these people are f-cking crazy....
Officially sanctioned by Movement Marketing, here's an mp3 download of the DJ Khaled "We Takin' Over" remix I linked to a couple days ago:
DJ Khaled feat. Akon, R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, T-Pain & Lil Kim - "We Takin Over (remix)" (YSI mp3 link)
The original version of "We Takin' Over" from DJ Khaled's We The Best album - in stores June 12th.
Online: MySpace - DJ Khaled | BUY the DJ Khaled We The Best album here
"Beautiful Mindz" Promo Sampler Mega Mix - mixed by DJ 2-Tall (MP3)
Album in stores June 12th - strap ya backpacks on!
More rock sh*t?!! Trust me, the Kitchen is not turning into Stereogum but heed the mandate, I don't just listen to hip hop 24/7....
Warm & Scratchy - Tracklisting:
01. Me-I - TV On The Radio
02. Dead Sound - The Raveonettes
03. The Equestrian - Les Savy Fav
04. Crimson Red - The Rapture
05. Justine - 120 Days
06. Canada Vs. America - Broken Social Scene
07. Color of the love You Have - SOUND Team
08. The Bunting Song (acoustic version) - The Good, The Bad and The Queen
09. Half Century - The Brother Kite
10. Silver (Original Beats) - Jesu
11. Back to Flash - Amusement Parks on Fire
12. Stay Awake - Asobi Seksu
13. Winter - Fennesz
14. Sunset Rodeo - Liars
Download or embed the album (with artwork) here courtesy of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Nas and Jay-Z creative collaborator Chrisette Michele's new single "Your Joy" is the iTunes' Single of the Week which means you can cop it for FREE by clicking here. She's also gonna be on tour with Musiq Soulchild in July and August. Check her websites for dates (probably): Website | MySpace
More: Chrisette Michele: A Closer Look | BUY Chrisette's debut album I Am featuring "Your Joy" out on June 19th here.
Just in case though, check this out from the e-blast I found out about this show in:
"More than 20 years after Boogie Down Productions and MC Shan & Marley Marl traded dis records in what was the first higly publicized rap beef of many to come, KRS and Marley will come together on stage at The Fillmore. No longer beefin about the origin of Hip Hop from their now infamous “The Bridge “ and “The Bridge is Over” musical debate, Krs-One and Marley Marl are set to make history with their upcoming release Hip Hop Lives.
In support of their brand new release, this somewhat surprising MC/DJ duo are set to blaze a path of Hip Hop unity in response to current attacks on lyrical content from the media and claims that the genre is dead from their peers. Out to prove that Hip Hop is indeed alive and well, Krs-One and Marley Marl are embarking on a three city tour, New York, D.C. and Philadelphia to spread the word. It ain’t so much about where the music came from, its about where its going."
Also just added: Joell Ortiz & Skillz. More details here. And view the video for Marley & Kris' "Hip Hop Lives" single here.
BTW: when did Irving Plaza become the Fillmore New York??
And staying off the hip hop path for one more post....
It's been a good 2-3 years since DFA were the hottest, most-buzzing thing in the music industry and producing team of James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy were being described as "indie rock's Neptunes." While many of the hipster types who
Audio: Radio Edit | Onastic Dub | Kris Menace Remix
Video: Windows | Quicktime
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY music by LCD Soundsystem including Sounds of Silver here
This is kind of more of a Fader/TTLab/Discobelle thing but I'm always down to expose Different stuff on the Kitchen so check out some tunes and a video by Baile Funksters Bonde Do Rolê from their forthcoming album With Lasers due out June 5th:
"James Bonde" | "Quero Te Amar" | "Bondallica" (be kind: right click and save as these mp3 files)
MySpace | BUY With Lasers here
(h/t: Domino Records)
Friday, May 18, 2007
With Lil E reppin' for the left coast and his legendary pops! I like this video and song but isn't Houston hip hop kind of over? First the lead Chamillionaire single stiffed as did the first Mike Jones single (relatively). The Paul Wall ain't doing any kind of real numbers, Slim Thug's got a compilation project out that I don't hear or see anyone talking about while finally, does anyone still give a f-ck about Lil Flip?!! Let's pray UGK can save the day with the video they just shot with Outkast (yes - both of them!) in LA on Wednesday.
Link courtesy OnSmash
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Exclusive video embed of the new single from Dj/Producer/Musician Mark Ronson's forthcoming Version all-covers album courtesy of my dude Mike at Cornerstone. Vote for Mark on AOL Breakers here and support quality music.
Online: Website | MySpace | YouTube Channel
Amy Winehouse live at the Highline Ballroom in NYC (image courtesy aphrodite-in-nyc)
More Pharoahe Monch along with Jay-Z doing his best impersonation of Rick Ross' flow yet again on a brand new remix of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" by (?) or at least sent to me by DJ Tone Capone:
- Amy Winehouse feat. Pharoahe Monch & Jay-Z
BTW: Thanks to my dude Shawn at Universal Music, I caught Amy live last week with the Dap Kings at the new Highline Ballroom venue. It was definitely a solid show and she sounded good although she never really "took it to church" the way Keke Wyatt and Teedra Moses did at a really good TVT Records soul music showcase I was at a couple days later. And I swear to God, homegirl was so drunk and slurrring her words in between songs that I could not understand a friggin' word she said and I'm actually from England! I also wish she'd done "In My Bed" and maybe had Ghostface there to do "You Know I'm No Good" but I figure if he's even done it one of the now many times she's played NYC, that's probably it. Check out some live video clips here.
Amy Winehouse: Website | MySpace | BUY Back to Black and other music by Amy Winehouse here
Pharoahe Monch: Website | MySpace
Jay-Z: Website | MySpace
Dap Kings: Website | MySpace
Keke Wyatt: Website | MySpace
Teedra Moses: Website | MySpace
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
All 4 parts from 8 Ball & MJG's online-only "Ride Out" video together as a full-length movie!
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY the Ridin High album here
Labels: 8 Ball and MJG
I like this track and the video's cool 'n all but is this even necessary?? I mean is this gonna sell dude one more album at this point in the game?
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live
Labels: Lil Scrappy
Pharoahe Monch new single: "Body Baby" [OnSmash video | audio: Windows | Real] - from Desire coming out June 26th. Pharoahe's really getting his Gnarls Barkley on - I like it!
Online: Guitar Center Website | MySpace - DJ Rob Swift | MySpace - Pharoahe Monch
Also: 50 cent - "Straight to the Bank" (video)
Kanye West - “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” (full Song) (mp3 via Spine mag)
T.I. - "Big Things Poppin'" (video)
DJ Khaled feat. Akon, R. Kelly, T-Pain, Lil' Kim & Young Jeezy "We Takin' Over (Remix)" - Kels and Pain kill it as usual. Lil' Kim? Not so much....
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Got this one off an e-blast from Ozone mag yesterday - Banner goes super-gutter?! The first (?) single from the new album, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD coming soon:
David Banner featuring Akon, Snoop Dogg, & Lil Wayne - "9mm (Speaker)" [MP3: Radio | Street - be kind, Right Click and Save As]
Monday, May 14, 2007
Image courtesy: Bays-USA
Spotted via Stash mag: these BAYS sneakers are basically another AF1 knockoff like BAPE, Greedy Genius, and the ATL-based A-town's (which I saw on clearance for $39-49.99 at the Lenox Mall in the A last week - LOL), but I gotta admit they still look kinda hot! [Online: Website | MySpace]
- The JASON MARKK Premium Sneaker Cleaning Set - how to keep your joints crispy? Someone let me know if they've used this stuff and how effective it was.
- Had to cop this weekend.
- Vinnie's Styles: no disrespect to Brooklyn Circus, DQM or A-Life etc. but this is the hottest street wear boutique in NYC and it's BLACK-OWNED. Go represent!
More new talent spotlighted at the Kitchen - you know how we do! Funnily enough, I was reading about this Australian hip hop producer (!) Styalz Fuego last night in Scratch mazgazine when I saw an email from his production company this morning. Turns out he was the dude that did the first aborted (?) single "Not A Criminal" from Chamillioanire's forthcoming Ultimate Victory album featuring Kelis. Check out this remix he did of electro act Sneaky Sound System: very Timbaland-esque (keys-wise, that is). Again, no idea what the orginal sounds like so I can't really call what Styalz' contribution was or how good a remix this is. Nice track though. Agree?
Sneaky Sound System - "Pictures" (zshare download/stream mp3 link)
Styalz Fuego: Website | MySpace
No idea what the original sounds like but this is a nice sounding track by a new producer, Manny Faces that I've featured here on the site before. For those knowing, let me know if he did this song justice with his remix....
Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - "The Way I Are (Manny Faces remix)" (be kind: Right Click and Save As)
Manny Faces - Website | MySpace
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Various links - just on, not about, Mother's Day:
Anthony Hamilton - Southern Comfort: another collection of previously unreleased, older material that just came out a few weeks ago. Almost as essential as Comin' From Where I'm From and Ain't Nobody Worryin'.
New Kanye West - only a grainy YouTube video and a very short audio snippet but holy smokes, the new Graduation album promises to be amazing based on how this stuff is sounding:
- First single (?) "Stronger" live in Kuala Lumpar. Is that a Daft Punk sample?
- Or is "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" the first single? Hard to tell which way he should go based on this far too brief snippet.
(Both via Nah Right)
Also, via Nah Right: new Lupe Fiasco.
The 25 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time (according to the hip hop bloggerati) And some post-survey analysis. (My list here)
Happy Mother's Day - now go call/visit your mom, d*mmit...
Saturday, May 12, 2007
More details here. MUCH thanks to my dude DJ Eclipse for the comp hook-up. Trust me, I would have paid full price... happily.
And at the other end of the scale: The New York Observer on The Trust Fund D.J.’s. No comment here!
Supa Nova should probably be on Interscope records!
Supa Nova Slom feat. The Game and Jadakiss "G's Up Salute" - from this Brooklyn cat's forthcoming debut release, Unify the Hood, Heal the Hood. Can't argue with that sentiment, can you?
NYC cats, check him out at the "Unify the Hood, Heal the Hood" event next Sunday (May 20th) at The Center, 106 Kingston Ave in Brooklyn (Between Dean and Bergen Streets). Time: 7PM.
Online: Website | MySpace
Friday, May 11, 2007
Support this movie and show that hip hop is about more than the guns, n-ggaz, bling 'n' b-tches themes that are dominating this tired media "debate" about hip hop currently.
Online: Film Website | Studio Website | MySpace
More Iraq war-related links coming later....
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This just might give T-Pain a run for his money for anthem of the summer.
Related: Pit, the producer behind "Party Like A Rock Star."
More online: MySpace
Akon or Nate Dogg? Nah, fam it's T-Pain's time now and unlike Nate, Pain can actually carry songs on his own too! I mean Kanyeezy wouldn't co-sign the hottest urban song out right now with a guest remix verse otherwise, would he?
Also, look for the "Shawty" joint with Plies and a bunch of other heat he's got out right now. The Tin Man prolly has them all. Just be clear though: T-Pain did not do this joint.
“Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" is on the second T-Pain album titled Epiphany out on June 5th.
T-Pain - Website MySpace BUY the Epiphany album here
Kanye West - Website MySpace BUY MUSIC by Kanye West
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Lt. Col. William Boyett to Robert Gates: "What the f-ck do we do now?"
From an AP article titled "Pentagon Prepares 35,000 Troops for Iraq"
"The Pentagon on Tuesday alerted more than 35,000 Army soldiers that they could be sent to Iraq this fall. In Congress, House Democrats defiantly pushed a plan to limit war funding to two-month installments.
The deployment orders signed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates would allow commanders to maintain the buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed. President Bush has ordered nearly 30,000 additional troops to Iraq to quell a spike in violence, particularly in and around Baghdad. There are currently about 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq."
Click here for more via Guardian.
More links on this Iraq war madness coming soon.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
(link from OnSmash)
Lily Allen's on the Common album too - WTF??! Better link to her new video then:
"Alfie" [video: windows | Quicktime]
Common - Website | MySpace | BUY albums by Common here.
Kanye West - Website | MySpace | BUY MUSIC by Kanye West
Lily Allen - MySpace | BUY the Lily Allen Alright, Still album here.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
From the forthcoming Finding Forever album. Check it:
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY albums by Common here
Prodigy featuring Nyce & 40 Glocc "Die Already" (produced by Alchemist) - apparently not on the Return of the Mac album (pictured above). [MP3: YSI | Megaupload]
Online: MySpace - Prodigy | MySpace - Alchemist | BUY the Return of the Mac album here
(links courtesy: Immune Marketing)
New (?) single from Erykah Badu via Spine:
"Real Thing (Music Is Everything)" produced by Madlib (mp3 - be kind: Right Click and Save As)
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY music from Erykah Badu here.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Expensive Taste is Paul Wall, Travis Barker & Skinhead Rob.
1. Famous Anthem
2. Can't Fuck With It
3. Trunk Full of Boom
4. I'm the Shit
5. Them Are G's On That Bitch
6. Smoking Kush Blunts
7. Everyday(ft.Slim Thug)
8. We Some Go Getters
9. Powder and the Dank
10. They Dont Want It
11. Back Down Memory Lane
12. Motherfuckin' Fool
13. You Know Me(ft. Bun B)
14. Gun Play
15. Famous Anthem Remix
(h/t: Boogie Tonight)
Yo! When did that Stooly P album drop??!
More Daily Show videos here.
From "We have the technology to tackle global warming, scientists say" in today's Times of London:
"Tackling global warming need not cost the Earth, a panel of UN scientists said today.
In the third in a series of reports, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that keeping the rise in temperatures to within 2C would cost only 0.12 per cent of annual gross domestic product if governments exploited new technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“It’s a low premium to pay to reduce the risk of major climate damage,” Bill Hare, a Greenpeace adviser who co-authored the report, told Reuters news agency after the culmination of marathon negotiations which ran over their four-day schedule.
“If we continue to do what we are doing now, we are in deep trouble,” added Ogunlade Davidson, co-chair of the IPCC, which includes experts from some 120 nations."
Click here for more.
Labels: Global Warming
(MP3 courtesy Fox Sports Music)
So YBI! Joell Ortiz must get tight every time he sees a video like this, LOL. One of my fave current joints along with Crime Mob. This must go down so heavy in the clubs in the A. If sh-t goes right, I might get to find out for myself Monday.
Lil Boosie feat. Webbie and Foxx - "Wipe Me Down"
Get ya MySpace on:
Lil Boosie | Webbie | Foxx | Trill Entertainment
BUY the Lil Boosie, Webbie, Foxx, & Trill Fam present Survival of the Fittest album on May 22nd here.
Foxx feat. UGK - "Wipe Me Down (remix)" (lo-res mp3 link via XXLmag.com - be cool: Right Click and Save As)
PE: architects behind the greatest hip hop album of all time?
I sent this list of my Top 25 Hip Hop albums of all time to Joey a while ago by email, but everyone else posted theirs to their sites in response to his call to action so I had to follow suit. My list is kind of blend of my favorites and what I thought were the best/most important albums in the genre so I added an honorable mention section too 'cos 25 wasn't really enough (and I wanted to acknowledge more of my personal faves). Besides that, I also deliberately kept it to one album per artist 'cos if I didn't, it would have been all Dr. Dre, EPMD and De La Soul albums on the list:
1. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
3. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
4. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers
5. Ice Cube - Amerikkka's Most Wanted [Literally N.W.A-meets-PE: still thrilling to listen to all these years later]
6. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders [Low End Theory used to be my fave Tribe album but this has held up better over time IMHO. Play 'em back to back and tell me I'm wrong]
7. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
8. Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
9. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising [not mad at anyone who argues De La Soul is Dead is better]
10. Nas - Illmatic
11. Main Source - Breakin' Atoms
12. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
13. Notorious BIG - Life after Death *
14. Fugees - The Score
15. Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
16. Kanye West - Late Registration
17. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
18. Gangstarr - Step in the Arena
19. Mobb Deep - The Infamous
20. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
21. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
22. Jungle Brothers - Done by the Forces of Nature
23. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
24. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' *
25. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
(* - not personal top 25 faves but you have to have these as you prolly should 2pac too cos they all changed the game in their own ways.)
* 2Pac - All Eyez on Me
* Run DMC - King of Rock
* The Game - Doctor's Advocate
* Cypress Hill - s/t
* EPMD - Strictly Business
* Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx....
* Beanie Sigel - The B.coming
* Organized Konfusion - s/t
* Dead Prez - RBG
* LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
* T.I. - Trap Muzik
* Brand Nubian - One for all
* Goodie Mob - Soul Food
* Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane
* Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of...
* Biz Markie - Goin' Off
Respect to G. Rap who's one of my fave MCs of all time even though I don't think he ever made a truly great album top to bottom (but came close) and maybe I should have Whut? Thee Album on there too although I never play it any more and it sounded, as do most of Reggie's albums, kind of dated (in a bad way) last time I did.
Hmm... at some point I still gotta do a post on my fave albums of last year, LOL. At this point I really am racing to get that done before Memorial Day Weekend like I joked last year!
Labels: Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums