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.
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.
- 54Lv 49 years agoBest 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.
- HenryLv 69 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.
- LisaLv 44 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
- Anonymous9 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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- Anonymous9 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
- Anonymous9 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
- Anonymous9 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.
- PJLv 69 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
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