Update 10/27/16: With this complete, the decision has been made to convert it to a book. And I want your submissions:
After 25,000 words on what hip hop means to me it’s getting the book treatment, and now I want 600 words on what it means to you – good, bad, or ugly. As a group we can tell a better story, and I’ll gladly post royalties for that. You – yes, you – can get your essay printed. (continued...)
Go do it! Pitch!!
So here you have it - after much ado, the 25 Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time, plus 25 others. As a twist from the ordinary, there were two rules - 1) each artist is limited to only one album, and 2) it’s a merit-based list, not legacy-based.
I’m always game for feedback, so always feel free to post here or on any of the articles. I always respond, and I think it’s always fun. Enjoy!
Disqualifications: Fantastic albums excluded by the one-album rule
Omissions: Albums notable for not being on the list
Miscellaneous Awards: Some good, some bad.
Most Overrated Album: NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Most Overrated Artist: Boogie Down Productions
Best Sample: Pete Rock, Tom Scott’s “Today,” “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
Best Song: Common – “I Used to Love H.E.R.”
Honorable Mention: Worthwhile artists and albums seriously considered, but not on the final list
Ice Cube - Death Certificate
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
Main Source - Breaking Atoms
Honorary Honorable Mention: The Streets - A Grand Don’t Come For Free (explainer)