Saturday, April 28, 2007
Apr-28: I updated the list. The same 25 are there, but the ranking has changed up for the #13-25 albums somewhat
The Straight Bangin blog is doing a "vote" for the Top 25 GOAT rap album list
I put in my own vote naturally using the RYM list functionality. I have a visual display of my list in the jpg photo above, please excuse my newbie jpg manipulation skills (lack thereof).
1 only 1 album per artist
2 primary emphasis on beats, although vocals (rap skill level) & subject matter also a factor
3 judge album by personal replay value to me, not significance in the development of the rap genre's history. Hence some "consensus picks" are missing. Let me preempt "hate mail": you might say I'm an Okayplayer & Latino rapper stan. Although the 90s was the best decade, I actually prefer the maligned 00s to the "golden era" 80s. Foreign Exchange is from North Carolina (& the Netherlands), so don't rant that I'm "hating on the South".
I have Tribe's "Midnight Marauders" coming in as the GOAT. I encouraged you to give that album a listen, to experience its excellence in beats & rhymes, whether it's your 1st or 1o1st time.
Give your own list, or comment on my list, in the comments.