Sunday, April 22, 2007


Last week an edict was issued by Straight Bangin: what are your top 25 Hip Hop albums of all-time? Being one who follows instructions, I decided to toss my fitted New Era cap into the ring. It became one of the hardest lists I ever compiled, even more than when I'd shop at Liquor Mart and had to decide between Natural Ice and Keystone Light.

I had some loose rules for myself, even though overall there were no rules. One, I would try to only select an artist or even his crew once. Two, no compilation albums, R&B and/or rock fusion albums. Three, no albums from 2006 or 07 would be eligible.

As set forth each album will receive 25 points for being #1, down to 1 point for #25. Unlike the ESPN coaches poll, my assistant/SID/trash man did not fill out my ballot.

1-The Cold Vein- Cannibal Ox (2001)
2-Supreme Clientele- Ghostface Killah (2000)
3-Runaway Slave- Showbiz & AG (1992)
4-Enta Da Stage- Black Moon (1993)
5-Here Come the Lords- Lords of the Underground (1993)
6-Criminal Minded- Boogie Down Productions (1987)
7-Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill (1991)
8-Moment of Truth- Gangstarr (1998)
9-Death Certificate- Ice Cube (1991)
10-Yo! Bum Rush the Show- Public Enemy (1987)
11-Enter the Wu Tang- Wu Tang Clan (1993)
12-Straight Outta Compton- NWA (1989)
13-Unfinished Business- EPMD (1989)
14-Illmatic- Nas (1994)
15-Between a Rock and a Hard Place- Artifacts (1995)
16-Tougher Than Leather- Run DMC (1988)
17-Ready to Die- Notorious BIG (1994)
18-Midnight Mauraders- Tribe Called Quest (1993)
19-Follow the Leader- Eric B & Rakim (1988)
20-Beauty and the Beat- Edan (2005)
21-Am I Black Enough For You?- Schoolly D (1989)
22-Black Album- Jay-Z (2003)
23-Vaudeville Villain- Viktor Vaughn (2003)
24-Stress: The Extinction Agenda- Organized Confusion (1994)
25-XO Experience- Tha Alkaholiks (2001)

LAST SIX OUT: Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde- Pharcyde (1992), Nine Livez- Nine (1995), Long Live the Kane- Big Daddy Kane (1988), Internal Affairs- Pharoah Monch (1999), Tical- Method Man (1994), Muddy Waters- Redman (1996)

SURPRISES IN THE MIX: Capital Punishment- Big Pun (1998), Lord Willin- The Clipse (2003), Sex Packets- Digital Underground (1990), Back in Black- Whodini (1986)

MID MAJORS: Bakooka Tooth- Aesop Rock (2003), Both Sides of the Brain- Del (2000), Date of Birth- The Arsonists (2001), Die Rugged Man Die- RA the Rugged Man (2005), The Platform - Dialated Peoples (2000), The Sun Rises in the East- Jeru the Damaja (1994), Home Field Advantage- High and Mighty (1999), Further Adventures of Lord Quas- Quasimoto (2004)

OLD SCHOOL BANGERS: WC & The Maad Circle- Aint a Damn Thing Changed (1991) The Cactus Album- 3rd Bass (1989), Naughty By Nature- S/T (1991), Original Gangster- Ice-T (1991), Youngest In Charge- Special Ed (1989)

Entire Alkaholiks catalog, Wu Albums pre 1998, entire EPMD catalog, Fear of a Black Panet- Public Enemy (1990), Most Boot Camp Click albums pre 1997, Amerikkkas Most Wanted- Ice Cube (1990), KRS-One- S/T (1993), entire Tribe Called Quest catalog (excluding their final), about half of the MF Doom solos and collabos, entire Eric B & Rakim catalog, More Fish- Ghostfaace Killah (2006)

INELIGIBLE BUT HOT: What's the 411?- Mary J Blige (1991), Check Your Head- Beastie Boys (1992), Soul Survivor- Pete Rock (1998), Duck Season Vol 1- DJ Babu (2002), Juice Soundtrack (1992), Food and Liquor- Lupe Fiasco (2006)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

gee, another blogger hating on the South. No Outkast, old school Geto Boys/Scarface?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

Lords of the Underground= nice!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commish - you was definitely puttin' in work again. Thanks for giving this the thought and effort it deserves. I feel you on most of the list, but have to agree that not having 'Kast's first album was an oversight. Also, your #1 wouldn't be in my top 25, but I acknowledge that's simply a matter of taste. The rest is on point. Appreciate the nod to Whodini. Few people know the 'ledge like the Commish. Thanks for the post on One love.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

I don't know if you saw the 215 rare andunreleased Wu Tang tracks for download, but I thought I'd pass it along:

7:41 PM  
Blogger @slushygutter said...

bow down/FM: I really didn't consider 'Kast for the list. I like the album, but it was never in my steady rotation. Geto Boys could be an oversight, as well as Scarface's solo debut.

Hallux: LOTUG is the only CD to this day I've had to buy twice. I played the first one so much in the Summer of 93 that it wore out.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Jon said...


feel like an idiot for never even hearing of the #1 album... :P

now I have everything I need...
let the downloading begin!

much props to Buck. looks like a lot of time and effort went into producing your list.

i think that something from Snoop, Dre and/or Cube's Lethal Injection should at least have made honorable mention.

i know you may not agree but i think that Fugees - The Score was pretty damn dope. and you know dat! ain't no future in frontin'!!!

The Platform would have made it into my top 25.

Yes on the old Geto Boys.

FM, can you share with us your top 5?


Lil' Buck

10:05 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

??And what, no LL??

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You da first outta the masses participatin in this that has Nine with any consideration. I luved that ish back in 96 or so.

I dont understand why Black Sheep doesnt get more run.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Can Ox #1?! Definitely a sleeper, but it doesn't make my top 25. Good list though.

12:10 PM  
Blogger blairjjohnson said...

listen, cassius. if you want to talk about poor officiating in games between our teams where the ensuing result favored your precious orange crush, then (picture me in apollo creed gear), ding, ding. step into the ring!

i did like the office depot line, though. i may have to use it.

oh, and thanks for stopping by.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great list. Nice to Artifacts gettin props
haven't seen any female MCs on any of these lists yet. Not the BS now (Trina, Remy Ma) but the real= Lyte, Latifah, Bahamadia

3:50 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

Interesting list, some good stuff on there for sure. Hell, it's all a matter of personal opinion anyway, hard to argue with that.

That said, never gave much play to that Can Ox.

11:49 AM  
Blogger elgringocolombiano said...

Good post. I also got LOTUG at #6, and had a post about LOTUG with their videos

I'm making a meta-list of these GOAT25 lists, I'm adding you to it. If you know of some more, feel free to hit up my comments here

2:38 AM  
Blogger JT said...

I like the list, but you left out the five greatest rappers of all time...

Dylan... Dylan... Dylan... Dylan and Dylan.

Because he spits hot fire!

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