A to the L €™s 100 Favorite Hiphop Albums Of All Time (Part 8)

100 List Part 8

Fuck me… its been a minute, hasn’t it? I had to search for a bit myself to see what number I’d last left off at. This is the difficult part of the list as now I have to THINK about what I rock semi-regularly – most of the big guns have already made the list. Anyways… without further ado, we’ll kick part 8 of this list off with some other big guns who I just remembered about…

Enter The Wu-Tang
74) Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers
Was there ever any doubt that I’d get around to getting some Wu into this list? Their debut still sounds as good today as it did 14 years ago on initial release… grimy, dirty, dank beats supporting 8 of the nicest emcees (and U-God) that you’re ever likely to meet. Couple this with the groundbreaking label deal they signed allowing all the crew members to go solo without having to get involved in major industry politricks and its obvious that this album deserves its place on the platform with the other winners.

Only Built For Cuban Linx
75) Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx
This still stands as RZA’s magnum opus, and is arguably the best Wu-Tang record ever released. Rae and Ghost’s mafia-don-coke-slangin’ personas eloquently took drug rap to a new plateau while RZA’s beats banged from start to finish with hypnotic samples and raw drum breaks which remain blasting from many’s a whip to this day. ‘Ice Water’ is STILL my fucking joint.

Return To The 36 Chambers
76) Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers
Gone but not forgotten. I demand you play ‘Rawhide’ and ‘Crooklyn Zoo’ right now, and then try to tell me this doesn’t deserve to appear on this list. It ain’t happening. Depending on my mood, I can often also be found pumping “Nigga Please” semi-regularly (no John Amaechi), but even I’ll admit that its spotty in places and would be far off any top 100.

Supreme Clientele
77) Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
Yes children… no “Ironman” on this list. For me, that’s an album that tapers off towards the end, pushing a potential classic back into the ‘great album’ category. This thing however is a different kettle of fish, with Mr Starks beginning to perfect the nonsensical flow that only he seems to get a pass for (no Juelz, literally) and RZA relinquishing his stranglehold on the boards to let other cats come in and bless Ghost with some genuine audio gems. Matter of fact, the only thing that ever pissed me off about this album is the fucked up tracklisting on the inlay – a Wu trademark, I guess. Oh and guess what – no GZA on this list either – ‘Shadow Boxing’ aside, “Liquid Swords” in NOT as good as its cracked up to be.

Stone Crazy
78) Beatnuts – Stone Crazy
With this album, JuJu and Les easily proved that the departure of Fashion from the crew would not hamper their activities – “Stone Crazy” remains chockful of beer, blunt and bitch tales dropped over a host of slick loops that many other cratediggers would give their right arm for. This album also introduced The Beatnuts to a slightly wider audience thanks to the Pun-featuring smash ‘Off The Books’. Were did all you muhfuckas go when they had to jump to Penalty Records though? Assholes.

Criminal Minded
79) Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
Even though these days he’d start a row in an empty house, there’s a still a little part of me that likes Kris. This album sounds extremely dated now, but when it dropped it was in constant rotation, and the fact that TO THIS DAY in the right place at the right time, ‘The Bridge Is Over’ will DESTROY a club stands testament to this record’s power. But you all know that, right?

Return Of The Boom Bap
80) KRS-One – Return Of The Boom Bap
Probably the only sensible career move he’s ever made following the decline of BDP as a crew, KRS linking up with Primo resulted in one of the hardest albums of the early 90’s. I remember copping the bootleg of this several months before it actually dropped just to see exactly what Kris over Primo would sound like – as many of you will be aware, it was not a disappointment (nh). Again, get in the right place with this joint, and ‘Sound Of Da Police’ will tear the roof of. Why did he have to turn into such a disagreeable old bastard though? *sigh*

Killer Album
81) Ruthless Rap Assassins – Killer Album
Standing head and shoulders above the other UK Hiphop albums jockeying for position on this list, “Killer” is hated by many, loved by few, and adored by moi. Assembled in finest Steinski cut-n-paste style, this is the debut album that DJ Shadow would have dropped if he has been born a young black yout’ in Hulme, Manchester… and actually emceed. ‘And It Wasn’t A Dream’ and ‘Just Mellow’ continue to stand the test of time, and ‘Jealous MC’ is parody at its biting best… Kermit and the Hinds brothers deserve a lot more recognition from manys a UK Hiphop fan for the contribution they made to breaking down doors (and ears) to let heads see that their was Hiphop outside London. (And Kiss AMC are fucking dope too.)

The Tipping Point
82) The Roots – The Tipping Point
I’ll say this quick before the Okayplayer lynch mob break my door down and cart me off to ?Love’s House Of Pretensiousness Pain… I’m not really a big fan of the Roots. They’ve made some fantastic records, but “Tipping Point” is the very first Roots album that I’ve ever been able to make it right to the end of without getting bored, and thinking about eating something. Its no joke – once I get past ‘The Next Movement’ on “Illadeplh Halflife” I’m starting to thinking about bowls of cereal and shit. Somehow though, “The Tipping Point” is different (although I did have to reburn my own ‘custom’ copy so that I could easily skip over Quest’s 17 hour drum breakdown after ‘Star’ – that still makes me want to clean out my belly button.)

To The East, Blackwards
83) X-Clan – To The East, Blackwards
Everytime anyone writes about X-Clan nowadays they always end up shoe-horning the famous “This is protected by the Red, the Black, and the Green… with a key… sissssssssssssy.” into their scribbles. I’m no exception.

Done By The Forces Of Nature
84) Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature
Overlooked by many in their haste to crown De La and Tribe as keepers of the Native Tongue crown, the JBeez have done themselves little favors anyway over the years since the release of this album. Sorry bse, but “JBeez Wit The Remedy” and “Raw Deluxe” are complete monkey poop, and the less we speak of the “VIP” fiasco the better. This album however stands as a beacon for all that was Afrocentric and good and mellow and beatnik and hippy and straight up dope in 1989. Continuing on from where their strong debut left off, the Jungles crafted a superb sophomore effort which I continue to rock in all its badly-mastered glory to this day. Hoorah for wack studio engineers.

21 & Over
85) Tha Alkaholiks – 21 & Over
Ah… the heady days of the early 90’s… I remember hitting up the college station at the University of Rhode Island in the period just after this and “36 Chambers” dropped, and the amount of love that cats were showing to ‘Likwit’ and ‘Make Room’ was unbelievable. Loud Records just seemed so unstoppable then… funny how things work out, innit? Anyway, though Tha Liks will always have a special place in my heart (due to our sharing of the AA gene), after this album I felt that they went 0 for 4 in attempts to produce a decent follow up. Tash is STILL a fucking beast on the mic though and E-Swift is a super-nice guy. (Nullus)

86) Juice Soundtrack
Hey… sure it has some R’n’B on it, but its my list – so eat a fat penis. This and number 87 are probably the two best Hiphop movie soundtracks of all time. Plus the title track from this one is one of the greatest songs ever made. Facto cunto etc etc.

Above The Rim
87) Above The Rim Soundtrack
What number 86 said except substitute ‘Juice (Know The Ledge)’ for ‘Big Pimpin’ by The Dogg Pound. Factomundo.

The Infamous
88) Mobb Deep – The Infamous
I’ve always left this off my lists in the past, placing “Hell On Earth” ahead of it by a street… but I’ve been listening to this hard (nullus) for the last couple of months, and even experts like me can change their opinion from time to time. So “The Infamous” makes it – and finally all the tims-n-hoods crews have an album they can masturbate over (since “The Shinin'” didn’t appear here.)

Hell On Earth
89) Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
Despite my love for ‘Shook Ones’ and ‘Survival Of The Fittest’… despite the fact that they will always be the definitive Mobb Deep songs… THIS is the definitive ALBUM (y’nahmsanesun?) Havoc’s production techniques here are ridiculous, with crisp snares and haunting strings creating a gloomy landscape for P to go to work on the mic. Dunn language is in full effect here (y’nahmsanesun?) as Prodigy’s tales of Queensbridge gangsterism unfold, and despite the fact that he’s only 3ft 2inches, his threats and bravado is almost believable. I bet both member of Mobb Deep could kick you really hard in the shins.

90) Kool G Rap – 4,5,6
This album makes me want to shoot people in the face. That reason alone ensures that the Kool Genius gets a spot in the 100.


10 to go… who’s missing? Who’s gonna make it? I plan to finish this shit THIS WEEK! (Yeah, I know its only taken 6 months.)

Stay tuned.

5 Replies to “A to the L €™s 100 Favorite Hiphop Albums Of All Time (Part 8)”

  1. damn only 10 more…

    surely at least 1 Outkast album…

    otherwise, i’m not sure what you’re thinking – this list is different from everyone else’s i’ve ever seen

    you seem to be “a big Three 6 fan” – not sure if that means one of their albums makes this

    haven’t seen much texas stuff on here other than the Geto Boys and Scarface – any UGK? any recent houston records?

    and whats the verdict on “Hell Hath No Fury”?

  2. Resurrection?
    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick?
    No One Can Do it Better?
    Organized Konfusion?
    Stress: The Extinction Agenda?
    Genocide & Juice?
    Kill My Landlord?
    Shit, I don’t know, Internal Affairs?

  3. You need some Slick Rick on there. You need to reevaluate Remedy. I’m gonna do you a swap and listen to Hell on Earth a little more (dyou know the OG OG OG press of the LP is a gatefold with that dinner table scene on it?).

    You ought to have some Outkast but I’m guessing you won’t have. Or maybe you’ll put Southernplayadayadayada on there. Leaving off the first Brand Nu album is tough. Nice Ghost choice. I was trying to tell a dunn about it being better the other day and he wouldn’t hear nothing but Iron Man. Chump.

    Ruthless Rap Assassins is to you what Sindecut and Rebel MC are to me.

    I favour the 2nd BDP to the 1st most of the time but you know… it’s all good.

  4. Hey, I like Rebel MC’s albums – especially Black Meaning Good. You know where you can stick your Sindecut though. I have a fair idea already about what the last 10 will be… most of them noted while doing this post last night.

    What a lot of you folkers need to bear in mind though is that this is a list of my 100 FAVORITE albums… not the top 100 of all time ever invented ever. Thus Tone Loc makes my list easily, but probably wouldn’t crack the official Top 100.

    Bse is on point though – he knows me better than some of you other peoples (no John Amaechi)

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