Nas – Illmatic Favourite track: NY State of Mind.
Why? Illmatic will always be my top favorite hip hop album because it’s simply the first ever hip hop album I heard when I was younger. “Illmatic” was quite a short album, so it gave me a chance to listen to the songs in a lot more depth than I would a lot of other albums with loads of songs piled on. It’s simply a classic album, not only is Nas a artist, he’s a poet.
Dr Dre – The Chronic. Favourite track: Stranded on Death Row. Why? Dr Dre will always be a favourite. No matter how controversial his verses may be to other people, there is no denying his music always delivers. As to the reason why I love “Stranded on death Row” I honestly think it’s brilliant. From the beat to the verses. I’ve noticed with Dr Dre’s albums all of them are finely detailed, that’s one thing about Dre that I absolutely love. One heck of an album.
Outkast – Aquemini. Favourite track: Aquemini. Why? This is simply brilliance on a disc. Has to be one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. I would say this album was a lot more experimental and different compared to their two albums prior. Beginning and end, this album did not disappoint. It’s a shame not many people as I would have liked have heard this album.
Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36Chambers). Favourite track: Can It All Be So Simple. Why? Oh Wu Tang. My ears discovered Wu Tang Clan when I was about twelve or thirteen years old and I can honestly say, I have loved this album and the group ever since. I would say this album out of all of theirs has the most variety of sounds and I like that a lot. I would say it was one of the most influential hip hop/rap albums ever. The album itself is full of a variety of beats accompanied by great metaphors, odd senses of humour and weird threats, I love this album.
N.W.A – Straight OuttaCompton. Favourite track: Straight Outta Compton. Why? Last, but by no means least we have the great “Straight Outta Compton”. This was probably the first ever gangsta rap album I had heard, so it was really different when I first listened to it. I loved the somewhat rebellion that almost of of the songs came with. It was one of the most controversial albums of all time, mainly because of the track “Fuck Tha Police” but hey, that made it all the better!