Rapping at my chamber door

My favorite 15 rap/hip hop albums in no particular order. Glad I could fit in a Poe reference
  1. Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G.
    This was my sophomore year in high school in a nutshell. Listened to this album till my ears bled. What's great about this album is that he only features one there rapper: Method Man. Features be damned. While "Big Poppa" and "Juicy" are the hits, "Gimme The Loot" is my personal favorite.
  2. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar
    VISIONS OF GETTIN SHADED UNDER A MONEY TREE! Keep in mind that bullshit Macklemore album won the Grammy the year this came out. The skits of the parents phone messages make this an album you WANT to listen to all the way through
  3. Stankonia by Outkast
    I want to be as cool as Andre 3000 when I grow up. If I ever get on the Price is Right I'm guessing $3000 regardless of the item up for bid. "You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't control the weather". Indeed.
  4. Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
    I picked up on these guys watching/listening to the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio. Just silky smooth rhymes and understated musical accompaniment. "Buggin' Out" makes me instinctively boogie.
  5. The College Dropout
    Sure he's a dick but this thing was a masterpiece and it's evident because it has given him career auteur creative freedom. "Through The Wire" samples that rad Chaka Khan song and "Last Call" features possibly my favorite verse of all time: "Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push miracle whips"
  6. The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
    My love for "Stan" is immense and I love how terrified everybody's parents were when this album came out.
  7. The Blueprint by Jay-Z
    Long before Beyoncé the guy was just shredding everyone in his wake. Brought in Kanye for "Izzo" and teamed up with Eminem on "Renegade" (watch the performance on The Letterman Show its equal parts amazing and insane).
  8. Licensed to Ill by The Beastie Boys
    It has sold 10 million copies for good reason, critics loved this shit. They had a way of being so ridiculous you took them serious, because how could somebody be so obnoxious? They're just reminding that you GOTTA fight.
  9. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager by Kid Cudi
    It's set up in 5 acts which makes it SO CULTURED. But in seriousness it's just a head-bobbing album with some solid Plain Pat produced tracks.
  10. No Ceilings by Lil Wayne
    Not technically an album, but my favorite work of his nonetheless. Can't look at Lane Kiffin without thinking of the verse "I rock my hat to the side like a paint pictures, smoke weed talk shit like Lane Kiffin".
  11. All Eyez on Me by 2Pac
    Dude made this album to pay Suge Knight and Jimmy Iovine of Death Row Records back for fronting his $1.4 million bail. Also is Soulja Boy's favorite rap album ever, seriously.
  12. Strange Clouds by B.o.B
    A Morgan Freeman monologue in the opening song and a great mix of solo songs and collaborations make this a sweet album. I was in the same Epicburger in Chicago as B.o.B for like 14 seconds, true story.
  13. Word of Mouf by Ludacris
    First rap album I remember buying at Wal-Mart. The cover art immediately gripped 10 year old me. The horns on "Rollout" are terrific.
  14. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    Love all the different cover art for this album and I especially like every damn song on this album. "Devil in a New Dress" helps me get my Rick Ross fix in without actually having to listen to his solo albums, HUMPH!
  15. The Score by Fugees
    Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite people of all time, ever. But the reggae fusion they had going on really pandered to me, a 20-something white kid from a small agrarian community...