Now I’m a start collecting props, connecting plots. Networking like a conference, ‘cause the nonsense is yet to stop.
Madvillain – Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix: #540 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Hey bro, Day Glo, set the bet, pay dough before the cheddar get away, best to get Maaco.
Xzibit – Restless: #542 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Stay on top but remain from the underground – X to the Z and we all in the family.
Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow: #544 of best 1,000 albums ever!
The most duplicated, anticipated, validated urban legends in the books with the ones who made it.
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory: #551 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Brothers front, they say the Tribe can’t flow, but we’ve been known to do the impossible like Broadway Joe.
Das EFX – Dead Serious: #553 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Well, I’ll be darned, shiver me timbers yo, head for the hills! I picked a weeping willow, and a daffodil.
Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor: #565 of best 1,000 albums ever!
First got it when he was six, didn’t know any tricks. Matter fact first time he got on it, he slipped.
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Bandana: #569 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Yeah, I been struggling my whole life, yeah. I pour it up and get my soul right, yeah.
Inspectah Deck – The Movement: #571 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Want to measure my size? I rise above the norm, the urban icon ridin’ on the eye of the storm, fool.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die: #573 of best 1,000 albums ever!
It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine, Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.
Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2: #575 of best 1,000 albums ever!
I challenge any opponent who want to smoke – we can pull ‘till our voice get lower than Tone Loc.
Mos Def – Black on Both Sides: #581 of best 1,000 albums ever!
In she came with the same type game, the type of girl giving out the fake cell phone and name.
KRS-One – Kristyles: #586 of best 1,000 albums ever!
It’s supposed to be about fun and gettin’ the pain out, but it’s all about clout and popping them chains out.
Rakim – The 18th Letter: #597 of best 1,000 albums ever!
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.
Masta Ace – Disposable Arts: #610 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Ain’t nothing changed: everyone still want the Benz and the Range, everybody still want the gems and the chains.
Brother Ali – Shadows on the Sun: #615 of best 1,000 albums ever!
To everyone out there, who’s a little different, I say damn a magazine, these is God’s fingerprints.
Mathematics – The Problem: #617 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Can I rise? And get to the laugh, through the cries. While I’m alive, the projects, the hood through my eyes.
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: #627 of best 1,000 albums ever!
My posse come quick, because my posse got velocity.
RZA – RZA As Bobby Digital: #664 of best 1,000 albums ever!
The mic is cast to the floor and shapeshifted. Heavy as the hammer of Thor you can’t lift it.
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Funky Technician: #666 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth dial up the number of the funky technician!
Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles: #724 of best 1,000 albums ever!
The Rage is relentless, in three parts.
Mobb Deep – The Infamous: #726 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Stripped down, subtle, sinister, superior hip hop.
Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet: #730 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Fight the power, indeed.
Gorillaz – Demon Days: #749 of best 1,000 albums ever!
It will, I suppose you could say, make you (sha, sha-ba-da) feel good.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message: #751 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Don’t push me, ‘cause I’m close to the edge.
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee (Pt. 2): #757 of best 1,000 albums ever
Still making some noise, still hilarious, still the Beastie Boys.
Killarmy – Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars: #765 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Hip hop that’s low key yet aggressive, gritty yet groovy, heavy yet accessible.
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Live and Let Die: #770 of best 1,000 albums ever!
A hardcore underground gem from hip hop’s golden age.
GZA – Words from the Genius: #781 of best 1,000 albums ever!
A genius by the name of GZA emerges on the scene.
Dilated Peoples – Expansion Team: #783 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Worst come to worst… actually, that’s best come to best.
Everlast – Whitey Ford Sings the Blues: #801 of best 1,000 albums ever!
We knew that Everlast could make us jump around, but that was just for starters as it turns out.
RJD2 – Magnificent City Instrumentals: #820 of best 1,000 albums ever!
To not dig this one would be mad, man.
The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed: #840 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Mike Skinner lets the sun in.
The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ryde II The Pharcyde: #858 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Chill, quirky hip hop that is absolutely unique (and uniquely good).
Chuck D – Autobiography of Mistachuck: #867 of best 1,000 albums ever!
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 – Reasonable Doubt: #880 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Jay-Z’s debut album has a great blend of rawness and tremendous vitality and energy.
Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak: #884 of best 1,000 albums ever!
It’s complicated… but with this Kanye album, something broke through for me.
Little Simz – GREY Area: #901 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Fresh and compelling and original and, above all, good hip hop out of England.
Q-Tip – The Renaissance: #902 of best 1,000 albums ever!
The best solo album by the great Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest (and many collaborations) fame.
Roc Marciano – RR2: The Bitter Dose: #908 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Slow-paced, almost hypnotic hip hop prowess.
Main Source – Breaking Atoms: #914 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Old school, east coast hip hop flavor with horn riffs and soul music samples for days.
Method Man – 4:21… The Day After: #929 of best 1,000 albums ever!
High highs, consistently stellar production work, and A Game from our man. That being the M-E-T-H-O-D man.
Redman – Muddy Waters: #932 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Rap music for getting one’s head up.
9th Prince – Prince of New York: #941 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Wu-Tang Clan and RZA vibes await.
2Pac – All Eyez on Me: #943 of best 1,000 albums ever!
While sprawling and uneven, this double album contains some of Tupac Shakur’s best artistic output.
Various Artists – Ma 6-t Va Crack-er: #966 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Underground French hip hop that reminds me that there’s nothing better than discovering great music.
Immortal Technique – Revolutionary, Vol. 1: #975 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Smart, blistering underground hip hop with ultra-tight flow.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother: #985 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Old school hip hop with flavors of A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets, and that’s just sweet.
Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain: #991 of best 1,000 albums ever!
Whatever he chooses to call himself, MF Doom… er, Viktor Vaughn is a hip hop genius.
The Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder: #997 of best 1,000 albums ever!
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.