I'm into a lot of music but not much into country except old school, most of what I get into is alternative-- (punk,ska,gothic,industrial,etc;), but there's a lot of rap artists I do like, speaking of rap, which if you know anybody who's selling Son of Berzerk's"Bezerk Bezerk Bezerk" album, I've been looking for that. For favorite rap album I'd have to say that's hard to decide, like some people I agree Tupac had a lot of feeling so I'd say a lot of his albums but just as much I'd say I also like as much & more a lot of albums by these bands & artists--
B.D.P.(Boogie Down Productions)
Others--like Snoop, Dr. Dre, Paris, Black Sheep, DJ Quick, Westside Connection, & others are OK--- but B.D.P; N.W.A; Geto Boys, Tupac, KRS One, Ice Cube, Ice T, Scarface, Public Enemy--those guys I think help with a political point of view & sadness of the streets that more people should listen to about how crappy this country has had it for so long. A lot of white amerikkka has their eyes closed most of the time. Rap Muzik, I didn't know if you knew this, Punk rockers(the real ones) have supported guys like the black panthers since the 60's--Look up in history about guys like the white panthers--guys like bands like the Up & MC5 from Detroit were constantly scheduling protests together with the black panthers against the facism in the U.S. system. By the way, there's christian rap out there too. KRS One, probably my favorite rapper is awesome!!! As for deciding my favorite album how about would a 12'' version of a song called "Self Destruction" count? It was like the liveaid/bandaid of a rap project, it has multiple rap artists together, which the original version of it, came out in 1989, which has KRS One, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte & many other rappers together on one project. It'd take me a lot of hard decisions to figure out about who's got the best album otherwise--that's a hard question as I mentioned.
Edit----Twigs as for what you said about rap, How come many many hard rockin bands even since the 70's, thinks Led Zeppelin is one of the worst dinosaur, sellout, pretentious wannabe bands in history? Yardbirds was the best days for Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck, after that they started to seriously go downhill. Although the Firm wasn't bad & way better than Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant had better solo stuff. As for for Dylan, saying rap success was biased & limited to black people, how then do explain the success of Beastie Boys, King of Pain, Cypress Hill & others, besides that, what do you think Selputura or Soulfly would say about that???