Lets take a look at some of the greatest hip hop has to over. Snoop Dogg, 2 Pay and Dr. Dre just to name a few … Find our top then of the best hip hop albums after the break
#10 – Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
The Chronic Album had received amazing reviews, which is one of the reasons why Snoop Dog decided to continue on with his tradition and consequently came up with another outstanding G-Funk album named the “Doggy Style”. The beats to this album were supplied by none other than Dr. Dre. Snoop Dog has found his way into the hearts of the people who love Hip Hop. With his witty style and authentic voice, he has a presence that really knocks the wind out of you, that’s if you are a true Hip Hop lover! The tracks that caught the most attention and ultimately became his biggest hits were, Gin and Juice, Who Am I, Murder was the Case, and Doggy Dogg World.
#9 – 2 Pac – Me Against The World
Tupac Shakur was initially a raw artist, known for his true gangster music, but with the dropping of the “Me Against the World” album, he established himself as an icon all around the world. He took his struggle as a Black man and his own take on Hip hop to a whole new level! He is known for his multiple personalities and this clearly shows up in his album. It is sort of like a perfect mix between vulnerability and strength! The tracks that got the most attention were Dear Mama, Lord Knows, Me Against The World, and So Many Tearz.
#8 -UGK – Ridin’ Dirty
There are so many people who like southern rappers and there swag. Then again there are so many people who have wondered about the impact of Bun B and Pimp C. If you fall into any one of the categories mentioned above then this is the album for you! It is one of the best Hip Hop albums ever and it is not a surprise that it moved more than 8 lac units! The best tracks “One Day” and “Murder” got a lot of positive acclaims!
#7 – Dr. Dre. The Chronic
Dr. Dre has always been famous for the bass in his voice as well as in his musical instruments. For all the people who love Hip Hop, The Chronic has become very popular. This was the album that played an important part in the commercialization of Gangsta Rap! It was the success of Dr. Dre that has now set a foundation for new rappers from the west coast! The best songs of this album turned out to be “Stranded on Death Row” and “Nuthin’ but a G Thang”.
#6 – A Trive Called Quest – The Low End Theory
This is an album that added complete new elements to the existing genre of Hip Hop as one knew it before. This addition was to bring hypnotic grooves of rap, which have a Jazzified edge to it. A Tribe Called Quest are the masters of the soul touching movement in hip hop which now has followers like Kanye West and the likes of Slum Village! The songs that made it to the top from this album include Scenario ft. Busta Rhymes, Verses from the Abstract, and Check the Rhymes!
#5 – Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
This album came out in the time, in which we saw the releases of a lot of other hip hop albums, Tupac’s Album being one of them. Despite that, the cracking lyrics and the the confidence with which he carries his voice, made his album stand tall and proud. The tracks that made it to the top were Dead Presidents II, Can’t Knock The Hustle, Regrets, and 22 Two’s!
#4 – Wu – Tang – 36 Chambers ( Enter The Wu – Tang)
This was the album that was responsible for the unity of the original members of the clan. This means all of the 9 members and their 1073 affiliates! All of them have completely unique talents and probably the only thing that this album lacked was the lack of enough breathing space to the clans! It still set the standards high enough to make the other rap artists “suffer” if you may!
#3 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
Let us start with the best songs on this album, which were responsible for the resounding hits to follow. These tracks were Juicy, Big Poppa, Ready to Die, and Unbelievable. Biggie has a very crisp voice and the flow seems to be very structured one of a kind until this day. Also the fact that the way he delivers is completely distinct which is perhaps what caught the audience!
#2 – Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold us Back
Public Enemy is a combination of Chuck D, Professor Griff, Flavor Flav, Bill Stephenney, and Terminator X. Their initial album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, wasn’t as big of a hit as “It takes a nation of millions to hold us back”. Basically through this album the rappers challenged everything that the Blacks are challenged by! This is a must have collection for all the Hip Hop lovers! The best tracks being Rebel Without a Pause, Don’t Believe The Hype, Black Stell in the Hour of Chaos, and the Night of The Living Baseheads.
#1 – Nas – Illmatic
Last but certainly not the least, this is one album that any hip hop fan should have in their collection. A hip hop fanatic I must say because it probably has all that you are looking for. With tracks like Halftime, It Aint Hard to Tell, The World is yours, New York State of Mind, and Memory Lane, the album delivers music that others may not be able to deliver in double the amount of time! One of the greatest hip hop albums of all times!