My Top 100 Albums [Rate, hate, debate]?

Everyone's been doing this recently, so I finally got around to finishing mine:

1. Nas - Illmatic

2. Mos Def and Talib Kweli - Black Star

3. GZA - Liquid Swords

4. Outkast - ATLiens

5. Common - One Day It'll All Make Sense

6. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

7. Mobb Deep - The Infamous

8. EPMD - Strictly Business

9. Fugees - The Score

10. Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange

11. Eric B and Rakim - Follow the Leader

12. Nas - The Lost Tapes

13. Digable Planets - Reachin' A New Refutation of Time and Space

14. The Pharcyde - Labcabincalifornia

15. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

16. Gang Starr - Moment of Truth

17. Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East

18. Eminem - Slim Shady LP

19. 2pac - Me Against the World

20. INI - Center of Attention

21. Deltron 3030

22. A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes and Life

23. Black Moon - Enta Da Stage

24. Common - Resurrection

25. Binary Star - Masters of the Universe

26. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

27. Antipop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue

28. The Roots - Things Fall Apart

29. De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate

30. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control

32. Pete Rock and CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother

33. Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - Live and Let Die

34. Wu Tang Clan - 36 Chambers

35. Big L - Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous

36. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

37. Xzibit - At The Speed of Life

38. A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

39. AZ - Doe or Die

40. Common - Be

41. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides

42. RJD2 - Deadringer

43. Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor

44. Outkast - Aquemini

45. Blu and Exile - Below the Heavens

46. Ghostface Killah - Ironman

47. Smif -n- Wessun - Dah Shinin

48. Jay-Z - The Black Album

49. CYNE - Evolution Fight

50. Mic Geronimo – The Natural

51. Kanye West - The College Dropout

52. J-Live - The Best Part

53. Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary

54. Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full

55. Panacea - Ink is My Drink

56. The Roots - Game Theory

57. K-os – The Joyful Rebellion

58. Nujabes - Metaphorical Music

59. Talib Kweli - Quality

60. Dela - Atmosphere Airlines vol. 1

61. Gang Starr – Hard to Earn

62. Pete Rock and CL Smooth – The Main Ingredient

63. Gnarles Barkley – St. Elsewhere

64. All Natural - Second Nature

65. Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

66. Clipse - Lord Willin'

67. Rakim – The 18th Letter

68. Cunninlynguists – Will Rap For Food

69. CYNE – Cyne Collection (1999-2003)

70. Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop

71. Goodie Mob – Soul Food

72. Saul Williams – Saul Williams

73. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

74. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

75. Masta Ace – A Long Hot Summer

76. K-os – EXIT

77. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing

78. Del the Funkee Homosapien – Both Sides of the Brain

79. Common – Like Water for Chocolate

80. Dr. Dre - 2001

81. The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better

82. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow

83. Wyclef Jean - The Carnival

84. Outkast - Stankonia

85. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol 2

86. Jungle Brothers – Done by the Forces of Nature

87. Big Pun – Capital Punishment

88. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts

89. Cunninlynguists – Dirty Acres

90. Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Beatdown

91. Reflection Eternal – Train of Thought

92. Shad – The Old Prince

93. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

94. Del the Funkee Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here

95. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die

96. Justice System – Rooftop Soundcheck

97. No I.D. – Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (the Black Album)

98. Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth

99. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury

100. Nieve & Cook – Away With Words

There's probably a handful I forgot cause I really had no system of compiling this. But if it's a really obvious album chances are it's just not on my list.

Update:

@ Metal

Yup. O.C. completely slipped my mind. Word...Life should definitely be up there. Though towards the last 25 or so.

Another one I thought of after I made the list was 3rd Eye Vision by Hieroglyphics.

@ Pizzajordan, that's kinda hard to say cause I didn't really rank them based on what I would call a 5/5, 4.5/5, etc., but just glancing at the list I would have say that 5/5s end after Metaphorical Music (no. 58).

Everything above it I'd call a 5/5. After it, it's more of a mixed bag and a lot the rankings are interchangeable.

Though I'm sure if you go through my Q/A history I've called most of the 59-100 albums 5/5 as well.

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  • 54
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Lol, Last time this year everyone was posting their top 25's. Now a year later, everyone's doing top 100's. Anyway, good list. The first thing that stands out to me is that most of these albums are pretty well known. Only a few albums on here I haven't either heard or heard of and nothing super underground on here. Its a competent list though, probably the one I agree with the most surprisingly (other than Craftsman). Lotta Native Tongues type style albums on here which is pretty much what I expected.

  • Henry
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Its a nice list. You cant go wrong with most of them.

    I have to agree with the OC comments. Word or Jewels is a must top 50 let alone 100 for me.

    lol @ the 40 days > Speed of Life comment.

    Now Am I wrong or did I not see 93 Til' on this list? How is that not a top 100? Disappointing after seeing your other question about Hiero being underrated. As always Del dominates the best of lists, though you cant really agrue that.

    Edit: @ reasonable, I gave you a thumbs up. I agree with Illmatic comment and dont feel you should be thumbed down for your opinion.

  • Lisa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I think I would put both College Dropout and Aquemini in my Top 10, so at least we agree there. In terms of recs, you're not likely to take anything I say seriously, but I would check out Arts & Entertainment - Ace & Edo. It's not elitist, it's just two great rappers rapping over great beats. Also Atmosphere Airlines - Dela, because there's crazy good production throughout, even if some of the lyrics are questionable

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    How come you've Lupe Fiasco's Food And Liquor but not The Cool. I think The Game's The Documentary could get up there.

    The Blueprint for Jay-Z is also missing and i can not see any Ice Cube up there. Personally i don't think The Illmatic can be that much higher than Eric B and Rakim's Follow The Leader - I mean the latter is basically the blueprint for Nas's debut tape.

    Reasonable Doubt should be higher and the Stillmatic should be in there but Lost Tape should be much lower. I didn't see Talib Kweli's Eardrum and I don't know how you could forget Mathematics from Mos Def. And I acknowledge Black Star was a sensational classic but I think 2nd place is pushing it there.

    I also think that Kanye West should have another one of his efforts may be Late Registration creeping in somewhere. OutKast have also over achieved and I think Jay's In My LifeTime Volume One could get a mention.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I'd personally have 36 Chambers a little higher, Slim Shady LP lower, and Ready To Die somewhere in the top 50 (i think its better than the Black Album at least...)

    other than that, I don't think I have a complaint. Solid List.

    facepalm @ Jason M. always one of those dudes on these list questions

    *oh my god 2 more of them

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Aquemini > ATLiens

    The Bizarre Ride > Labcabincalifornia

    40 Dayz & 40 Nightz > At The Speed Of Life

  • 9 years ago

    I dont like this list, Why? Because your top 20 is so similar to everybody elses and Illmatic aint Number 1

    Too much Nas stop overrating him and you only got like 1 2Pac album that isnt even that high? Why is SSLP that high? Ready to Die 95? thats like automatic top 10

    I might be the only one who dont like your list but Im being Honest

    Yes Ive listened to about 75 of those albums on your list I think theyre way too high or low or missing

    *Waits for 50 Thumbs down or Report Abuse*

    Source(s): 6/10 List Honesty Thanks @ Henry
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    This is the best list I've seen so far, mostly because it has the perfect mix of the classics, and albums only you would have on a list (if that makes sense). I really have to do one of these.

    What do you think about O.C.? I'm surprised Jewelz or Word...Life don't make your list.

  • PJ
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Dope list my dude. I noticed Center of Attention up high and that made my day. Just wondering, at what number do the 5/5's end?

  • 9 years ago

    Great list

    Although I don't really see The Infamous being so high, other than that it's very good. Better than I could ever come up with

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