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#1
This is for people who are looking to get into rap, but don't know where to start. Over in the other Rap Thread, we decided to make a list of essential albums, that either are a landmark in Hip Hop or we just really like them.

Note: Spammers will be reported, and ignored. You won't change any opinions, apart from our (already fleeting) perspective of you.

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'Old Skool' Era (70's - 80's)
It Takes A Nation.. & Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
Paid in Full - Eric B & Rakim
The Cactus Album - 3rd Bass
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick - Slick Rick
3 Feet High & Rising - De La Soul

Classic Era (90 - Late 90's)
The Chronic, 2001 - Dr.Dre
Illmatic - Nas
Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
Enter the 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang Clan.
Tical - Method Man
The Infamous - Mobb Deep

Ready to Die - The Notorious B.I.G
Cypress Hill, Black Sunday - Cypress Hill
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – Raekwon
Straight Outta Compton – NWA
To the East, Blackwards - X Clan
All Eyez On Me – 2pac
The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
The Score - The Fugees

Hard to Earn, Step in the Arena - Gang Starr
Liquid Swords – The Genius/GZA
6 Feet Deep - Gravediggaz

Do You Want More?!!!??!, Phrenology - The Roots



Modern Era
Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli are...
A Prince Amongst Thieves - Prince Paul
Supreme Clientele - Ghostface Killah
Power In Numbers - Jurassic 5
The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
The College Dropout – Kanye West
Personal Journals - Sage Francis
Operation Doomsday - MF Doom
Revolutionary Vol.1, Vol.2 - Immortal Technique
Madvillainy - Madvillain (MF Doom & Madlib)
3030 - Deltron 3030
Vaudeville Villain - MF Doom as Viktor Vaughn

I'll Sleep When You're Dead - El-P
Funcrusher Plus - Company Flow
Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell - Jedi Mind Tricks

Seven's Travels - Atmosphere
Its Not A Rumour - Akala
Who Needs Actions When You've Got Words? - Plan B
Original Pirate Material - The Streets.
Boy In Da Corner - Dizzie Rascal


Key:
Green:Underground/ Alternate
Orange: G-Funk
Turquoise: East Coast Hardcore
Red: UK Hip Hop.

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If you have any questions regarding an album, ask here. The other thread is now for rap discussion.
Last edited by _Mayday_ at Aug 3, 2007,
#2
You got to be joking.. putting that on UG ? Get ready for a flame fest.
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#4
^No, YOU get ready for a flamefest. There are a lot of UGers who listen to hiphop and the Good Rap Thread practically stickies itself, it's that popular. So just STFU.
According to BS statistics, 92% of teens have moved on to rap. If you're among the 8% who doesn't consider rap to be real music, donate your brains, as you clearly aren't using them.
#6
Quote by velvet_hendrix
If I could only get one on there, which one should I get?


THe Fugees - The Score is awesome and appealing to almost every human ever.
#7
Rap has guitar in it? i missed that!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=3wMAfxTeZMk

Aww, there desperate to be like ROCK stars, rap must suck if they want to be like a ROCK STAR!
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#8
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Retards
Attempting
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But at least rap is better than emo


A lot of them write better poetry than you ever could.
#9
The spammers are getting reported. Get ready for your PMs. We don't disrespect your threads please stay out of ours.
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#10
Quote by velvet_hendrix
If I could only get one on there, which one should I get?


If you're new to rap, Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele has great, listen-able beats.
#11
this thread shall be amazing
are we adding a producer section and a label section?
#12
Quote by uhh_me?
this thread shall be amazing
are we adding a producer section and a label section?


In time, yes. I think we should elaborate further on the Genre's of Hip Hop. As in, for Underground/Alternate; have the 5 best producers, the best label, most accessible albums.
#14
Quote by _Mayday_
In time, yes. I think we should elaborate further on the Genre's of Hip Hop. As in, for Underground/Alternate; have the 5 best producers, the best label, most accessible albums.


All of those idea's sound great. I think the label's would do a lot of good for people just getting into the genre, that way they can just go through a certain label and find all sorts of good shit.

Really opens a lot of doors.
Last edited by WyldeGibsonPlyr at Aug 3, 2007,
#15
Quote by mr freezy
Wheres cypress hill?


I've always preferred their second album. What do you think?
#16
Quote by mr freezy
Wheres cypress hill?


Yeah, the self titled should definately be on there.

Also "Fear of the Black Planet" is a 1990 album.
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"By the way my name is Marcus. But if you like you can call me Sensei."

American Idol - or as I call it, the Gong Show Rip-Off

According to #Yeezuz, Kanye West is a god. As if I needed more reasons to be an atheist.
Last edited by Liam Alan at Aug 3, 2007,
#17
Quote by Liam Alan
Yeah, the self titled should definately be on there.


I think Black Sunday is better, but I'll add both.

Quote by Liam Alan
Also "Fear of the Black Planet" is a 1990 album.


But I'd say it fits more into the Old Skool Era, don't you think?
#18
Just to clarify, I believe its actually 'Fear of a Black Planet'.

And I really think 'The Cactus Album' from 3rd Bass should be put in the Old School section.
Last edited by WyldeGibsonPlyr at Aug 3, 2007,
#19
I think Sage Francis' Personal Journals should be on there. Anyway, here's to hoping this thread becomes as epic as the Good Rap? thread.
#20
Quote by slinks
I think Sage Francis' Personal Journals should be on there. Anyway, here's to hoping this thread becomes as epic as the Good Rap? thread.


I put it up. Let's hope we get some open mind people in this thread!
#21
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I think Sage Francis' Personal Journals should be on there. Anyway, here's to hoping this thread becomes as epic as the Good Rap? thread.


You know, have any of you guys met Sage before? Me and my buddies were outside of First Avenue (venue here in Minnesota) between sets at Paid Dues, and we were just sitting on the curb stop, doing nothing. It was after his set and after he cooled off, he just came out asked how we were doing and sat down by us for a chat. We mostly talked about the bridge that had just collaposed here in Minnesota on that day (reason why Brother Ali couldn't play that night, too).

But seriously, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my whole life.


(I know this kind of talk should stay in the other thread, but who cares ).
#23
I think Dr. Octagonecologyst should also be on there as Acid Rap probably.
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#24
I think Aceyalone should be up there, too
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But at least rap is better than emo

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Last edited by blackflag49 at Aug 3, 2007,
#25
Ah, it went up! Nice one guys!

2001 is my favourite on the list and not a bad place to start, good beats and some songs you'd recognise already.
#27
Quote by blackflag49
I think Aceyalone should be up there, too

Agreed. Probably All Balls Don't Bounce, I'd say. Love & Hate and Magnificent City are really good as well, though. Still, if only one were to be up there, it should be All Balls....
#28
Quote by _Mayday_
I've always preferred their second album. What do you think?

I haven't got any of thier albums at the moment, but when i get the money I'm buying black sunday.
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#33
Wheres Run DMC? Did i miss them? If not, they are definitely required listening. And I think Outkasts first album should be on there too
#36
Quote by mydadisjewish
THe Fugees - The Score is awesome and appealing to almost every human ever.

yes!

wow Mayday, great grea great. I haven't been around for a while but i'm glad to come back to see this. I just realized how n00by i am, i only have like 9 of these
but anyways my favorite emcees of UG

#37
Thanks for this list. I've always defended rap and considered myself a fan, but I've never gotten very deep into it. I would like to make a recommendation, however. A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep is basically the best rap/hip-hop that I've ever heard and it should be added.
#38
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Wheres Run DMC? Did i miss them? If not, they are definitely required listening. And I think Outkasts first album should be on there too

Ya, both of those should be on there.
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#39
Run DMC suck balls and are basicaly the 50 Cent of the 80's seeing as they were party rap and made an entire song about Adidas.
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