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What are some essential Hip Hop albums

Been getting into Hip Hop
Listened to 36 chambers and illamatic what next
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>>72876248
Painting Pictures
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I really enjoy "Lyfestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous" by Big L. I think it's pretty important, but many would not say it's essential.
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>oh yay, another essentials hip hop thread, if only we had a sticky full of charts or other hip hop threads already
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>>72876320
>oh yay another bitchy anon, who only complains and doesn't contribute
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>>72876248
Try the other wu tang albums from that period, Tical, 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Only Built For Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords, and Iron Man are all fantastic. Each album expands upon different elements of 36 chambers, but they all have distinctive styles of their own. 1993-1996 RZA is my favorite hip hop producer by a longshot.
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>>72876341
>contribute

The sticky is full of charts about hip hop essentials and there's already a related thread below this one, stop spamming threads about the same topic
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I didn't listen to kendrick for years cos I assumed he was trash but holy fuck is this a good album, been listening to it on repeat for like a month now
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>>72876248
Liquid Swords if you really liked 36 Chambers >>72876272 if you really liked Illmatic
A Tribe Called Quest or >>72876309 if you're looking for something a lie different.
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>>72876569
Also general reccs
>solo wu albums (GZA liquid swords and ODB nigga please for sure)
>Geto Boys
>earl sweatshirt
>chance the rapper
>gambino (idk about this one but a lot of people like him)
>danny brown
>j cole (controversial but 4 your eyez only is a legit album)
>death grips
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>>72876569
it's his only album that lives up to its hype though. TPAB and DAMN were only good when comparing them to other mainstream hip hop albums.
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>>72876248
Liquid Swords
MBDTF, College Dropout
Midnight Marauders and other ATCQ albums
MM..Food
Madvillainy
cLOUDDEAD
Mystic Stylez
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>>72876701
Yeah I'm with you on that, after all the hype TPAB was disappointing and DAMN just isn't up to scratch at all
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Honestly, just listen to everything by:

Jay Z
Biggie
2pac
Eminem
and Kanye

Once you're done with that, who ever had the best feature in your opinion, listen to all of their stuff, rinse and repeat

All of these people naming their favorite rappers are whack
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>>72876569
Kendrick is one of the greatest rappers ever
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>>72876754
i enjoyed DAMN a lot for about 2 weeks, then i felt like o never wanted to listen to it again. what is this feeling?
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>>72876248
In the vein of illmatic and 36 chambers, more east coast 90s boombap
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>>72877207
Sample song from each album accordingly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B5dOCSBBEI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucvta7xDo_4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWJuArf0-Go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfth8-TOTL8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Im1eyzafhk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYb_8MM1tGQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByEoGi5XOwA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqnF5lupcxs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3La9ZlsDGos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddEcnsWNnMg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKYkDwzi-FI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9ZykEJuFrI
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Besides what's already been mentioned I really really liked these lately:
>Lil Wayne - Carter 3
>Lil Wayne - Carter 2
>Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day
>Denzel Curry - Imperial
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All of these.
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>>72877399
kanye sucks
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>>72877451
wtf i hate kanye now!
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>>72876248
Look for the producers first and then the rappers

RZA
J DILLA
Dan the Automator
Prince Paul
Diamond D
Large Professor
DJ Premier
Madlib
The Alchemist
Kanye
Beat Junkies

This are the basics. Happy search my frin
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>>72876314
This is his best album (imo)
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>>72877582
I think they are both equally fantastic but at the same time I feel as if Biggie never really reached his full potential as an artist. Ready to Die had those [imo] pretty awful skits and Life After Death had some features I'm not a fan of.

He is my favorite lyricist in rap so it makes me sad he didn't make a completely flawless masterpiece like so many other legendary artists did before they died.
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>>72878159
good pick. I feel this album is pretty underrated.
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>>72876248
Listen to Liquid Swords right now
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If you're a spic, listen to Big Pun- Capital Punishment
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>>72876248
Jay Z - the blueprint
Kanye west - college dropout
Watch the Throne
2pac - all eyes on me
The fugees - the score
Eminem - slim shady lp
Kendrick Lamar - good kid maad city

That's some basic shit to get you started. I'm sure they've been mentioned multiple times already but that's because you should listen to them faggit
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UK Boom Bap
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>>72878842
Twinz is still hard as nails

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7fBmlX80fA
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>>72877399
>Essential Kanye
The College Dropout
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

>Also good
808s and Heartbreak
Late Registration

>If you want...
Graduation
Yeezus

>Just don't
The Life of Pablo
Watch the Throne
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>>72879052
You clearly haven't even listened to WTT if you're putting it that low and MBDTF up that high. It's one of his best albums imo. Yeezus and Pablo should also be swapped.
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This is nearly as good as Illmatic and better than 36 Chambers. It's weird how /mu/ doesn't seem to hold it in high regard, most other publications list it as the clear #2 behind Illmatic. In some ways it's even better.
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>>72877451
I agree desu. I don't understand why you autists love him so much.
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>>72879052
>Yeezus above TLOP
mate yeezus is absolute garbage
Graduation and Late Reg are superior to 808s in every way
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>>72879553
>nearly as good as Illmatic
wrong
>better than 36 chambers
Right
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somebody already mentioned Black Milk in those image grids but i've been listening to Popular Demand
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>>72877436
listen to all Flacco Bey, one of the unsung greats
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>>72877436
best album in this thread
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>>72876981
>>72876569
>>72876309
very good

just listen to these albums OP
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Not essential, but comfy as fuck.
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>>72877436
This. Definitely.

I'd also recommend trying Black Star and the Ecstatic.

Mos Def doesn't get mentioned on here much, which is strange since The Ecstatic is strongly influence by Madvillainy and was produced in part by Madlib.
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pic related
Eminem's early stuff
Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
Outkast - Aquemini
Deltron 3030
Big L - Lifetylez ov da Poor and Dangerous
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One of the greatest albums production wise imo




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