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#1
Alright, guys. Here's the deal.

I'm creating a list of classic rap albums. I'm doing this for myself because I seriously almost forgot just how good hip-hop music was back in the day. Now I want to go back and re-purchase all of the stuff I used to listen to. I'm also doing this for a friend who wants to get into hip-hop, but doesn't know where to begin. I figure I'll give her some CDs from back in hip-hop's glory days so she can understand just how bad 99 percent of today's mainstream rap music is.

So anyway, here's what I have on the list so far...

Genius - Liquid Swords
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Nas - Illmatic
Wu Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Outkast - ATLiens
LL Cool J - Radio
Da Youngsta's - Aftermath
KRS-One - Return of the Boom Bap
The Lost Boyz - Legal Drug Money
Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle

I know for a fact that I'm forgetting some good ones, so I turn to you guys for help. Suggest some good albums, preferrably between the years of 88-1995ish, but anything outside of that time frame is fine, if you wanna suggest it. And please, no Tupac, Biggie, NWA, or Eazy-E.
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#2
Fear of a Black Planet? Forget who it's by, but I'm pretty sure it's a really big one.




#3
+1 on the 36 chambers and Illmatic.

I have to go with
2pac- Makaveli
A Tribe Called Quest- Either The Low End Theory or Midnight Marauders.
Boogie Down Productions- Criminal Minded
Common Sense- Resurrection
Outkast- Aquemini
#4
straight outta compton, nwa
wu tang clan, the W
MOP, the one with ante up on it not sure what its called tho
J5 by jurassic 5 one of the best hip hop albums ever.
mos def, the new danger

well thats 5 of em i reckon, but just my opinion
#5
sorry you said no nwa, but oh well,
and definatly mos def i know its a bit out of the time frame but the new danger is one hell of an album with some great tracks.
#6
If Mos Def applies, which should i get, ive heard some of his stuff before and liked it. this would be the first rap album i will ever buy haha
i need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah.
#7
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straight outta compton, nwa
wu tang clan, the W
MOP, the one with ante up on it not sure what its called tho
J5 by jurassic 5 one of the best hip hop albums ever.
mos def, the new danger

well thats 5 of em i reckon, but just my opinion

It's called Warriorz. Great Album.

And I think that Black on Both Sides was a better album
#8
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If Mos Def applies, which should i get, ive heard some of his stuff before and liked it. this would be the first rap album i will ever buy haha

Get Black on Both Sides.

Also try to get the song Universal Magnetic. A hip hop classic
#10
Beastie Boys - Liscence To Ill

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#11
+1 to J5, get Power In Numbers aswell

i'd recommend Black Sunday and Stoned Raiders both by Cypress Hill, Good weed smoking music
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#12
keep em coming, guys. you've already mentioned a few that I'm punching myself in the face over cause I can't believe I forgot them.
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#13
What was that first album by DOC?

Oh and The Chronic album... Duh
#14
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Midnight Marauders- A Tribe Called Quest
The Chronic- Dr Dre
The Score- The Fugees
#16
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Didnt we have a big post on this ages ago?

are you referring to the hip hop album recommendation thread? probably. but I'm asking for artists that are mostly from a specific time period.
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#18
Spice 1- 187 he wrote.
RBL Posse - Ruthless By Law
51-50 - crazy has struck again
Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Mauraders
Andre Nickatina - New Jim Jones
everthing by IMP
Mac Dre -young black brotha

if youre not from cali you might not recognize a lot of these but here theyre standard.
#19
Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
Lucy Ford by Atmosphere
Me Against the World (best Tupac album, check out on the flow on If I Die 2nite)
Soul on Ice by Rass Kass
Octaneycologist (Can't spell at the moment) by Dr. Octagon, I believe that's the album
Murs 3:16 by Murs and 9th Wonder
Why Kneel. . .Taste of Rain by Deep Puddle Dynamics
Reflection Eternal by Talib
Resurrection is the Common album you want, or One Day it'll All Make Sense
Bizarre Ride 2 the Pharcyde by the Pharcyde

That's all I can think of right now.

Oh, and very nice call on ATLiens. ****ing sick album along with Aquemini.
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#22
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Hilltop Hoods - The Calling
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Del The Funkee Homosapien - Both Sides of the Brain
Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
Black Sheep - Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

All brilliant and not exactly "gangsta" since you mentioned you didn't want any NWA etc...

Maybe some grime?

Dizzee Rascal - Maths and English
Plan B - Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
#24
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What is your definition of "classic era"?

was that question directed towards me?
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#25
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
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#28
Hieroglyphics, can't think of the album name though.
Outkast, SouthernPlayalisticCadillacMusic
Mob Deep, The infamous
The High and Mighty, Home Field Advantage(i think)
Too Short, Cocktails
Onyx, Bacdafucup
Emanon, All of them

Those are some i don't think have been mentioned yet
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#29
+1 to all the people dropin the Midnight Marauders album.

I would like to nominate Phrenology by The Roots and Paid in Full by Eric B. and Rakim

ERIC B FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!
#30
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Here comes a massive wall of text!

Classic era? The classic era would have to be the 80s. Those were the guys that really got the ball rolling, so one has to give respect where respect is due. But much in the same way the NES era could be considered classic, it is by no means the best era.

Hip-hop back then was pretty simplistic.
"Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat."

What? Haha also, production was less than stellar. The best times for hip-hop, in my opinion, were the early-mid 90s. People were figuring out what to do, lyrics were becoming more and more complex, more people were actually saying something, and you could actually hear good hip-hop on the radio.

I'm going to stick my neck out a little bit and say that hip-hop died with the rise of Tupac. People like to say hip-hop died when Pac and Biggie did, but I think it died long before that. Tupac was simply like, "Hey. This is what I do." Then he made a lot of money and record companies were like, "Holy ****, we can make a lot of money off this thug lifestyle!" and they started to market that to the masses who, in turn, ate it up. See: Ja Rule.



I'm not saying this stuff didn't happen before Tupac, because it surely did. But after he rose to fame, all of a sudden EVERYONE became thugs. Hip-hop went from life informing art to art informing life.

Anyway, fast forward to today and you've got kids jim crow dancing to songs about chicken noodle soup and no one seems to see anything wrong with that. Artists get rich and still brag about living in the hood and selling crack and no one's calling them on it. They take that money from record sales and spend millions of dollars on cars instead of driving through their impoverished hoods and giving that money to the poor people who bump their ****.

Keep in mind that I'm only referring to the mainstream. Good underground artists always have and always will be out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QnkrMA0wXQ
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#31
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Anyway, fast forward to today and you've got kids jim crow dancing to songs about chicken noodle soup and no one seems to see anything wrong with that.

That's because people were "jim crow dancing" to songs about picking hardened bits of phlem out of their nose before that.
#34
A Tribe Called Quest-Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders
Deltron 3030-Deltron 3030
Guru-Jazzmatazz Vol 1
Immortal Technique-Revolutionary Vol 1
J Dilla-The Shining
Hieroglyphics-Full Circle
Gang Starr-Moment of Truth
King Geedorah-Take Me To Your Leader
Madvillain-Madvillainy
MF Doom- MM...Food
MF Grimm-American Hunger
Monsta Island Czars-Escape from Monsta Island
People Under the Stairs-OST, The Next Step
Quasimoto-The Unseen
The Roots-Phrenology
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#35
Wow, no mention of Run DMC? Or is that not considered rap nowadays?
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#36
Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
Dr. Dre- The Chronic
X-Clan- To the East, Blackwards
Cannibal Ox- The Cold Vein


Not to mention most of the albums already mentioned.
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#38
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Every 2pac album ever made.. no question.

I said no tupac.

besides, tupac was waaaay overrated, in my opinion.
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#39
Bone Thugz N Harmony - E East 1999 (or whatever the exact name is)

Far too often missed in these lists, even though it's one of those albums which is just all kill no filler.

East 1999

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