Just when things seemed the same, and the whole scene is lame, I come and reign with the unexplained for the brains ‘til things change.
Ain’t nothing changed: everyone still want the Benz and the Range, everybody still want the gems and the chains.
Can I rise? And get to the laugh, through the cries. While I’m alive, the projects, the hood through my eyes.
My posse come quick, because my posse got velocity.
The mic is cast to the floor and shapeshifted. Heavy as the hammer of Thor you can’t lift it.
Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth dial up the number of the funky technician!
Stripped down, subtle, sinister, superior hip hop.
Fight the power, indeed.
Don’t push me, ‘cause I’m close to the edge.
Still making some noise, still hilarious, still the Beastie Boys.
A hardcore underground gem from hip hop’s golden age.
A genius by the name of GZA emerges on the scene.
Incredible underground hip hop with laid back jazz, funk, and r&b influences, fronted by one of the best MCs in hip hop history.
Jay-Z’s debut album has a great blend of rawness and tremendous vitality and energy.
The best solo album by the great Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest (and many collaborations) fame.
Slow-paced, almost hypnotic hip hop prowess.
Old school, east coast hip hop flavor with horn riffs and soul music samples for days.
High highs, consistently stellar production work, and A Game from our man. That being the M-E-T-H-O-D man.
Rap music for getting one’s head up.
Wu-Tang Clan and RZA vibes await.
Smart, blistering underground hip hop with ultra-tight flow.
Old school hip hop with flavors of A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets, and that’s just sweet.
It’s a fun (very) old school hip hop party album, and/but “Apache” is the towering achievement here that merits best 1,000 album list consideration.