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Ready To DieRanked 133/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The first release on the label, it features production by record producer and Bad Boy founder Sean "Puffy" Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.'s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as "the black Frank White". Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).1. Intro
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme the Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
6. Ready to Die
7. One More Chance
8. Fuck Me (interlude)
9. The What
11. Everyday Struggle
12. Me & My Bitch
13. Big Poppa
15. Friend of Mine
17. Suicidal Thoughts
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The ChronicRanked 137/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Digitally Remastered/EXPLICIT VERSION
The Chronic is the solo debut album of American hip hop artist Dr. Dre, released December 15, 1992, on his own record label Death Row Records, and distributed by Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana, and its cover is an homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. It was recorded by Dr. Dre following his departure from hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute, and consequently features both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A-member Eazy-E. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.
Upon its release, The Chronic received positive reviews from most music critics and earned considerable sales success. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and has sold over three million copies, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. Dr. Dre's production has been noted for founding and popularizing the G-funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and regarded by many fans and peers to be one of the most well-produced hip hop albums of all time.1. The Chronic (Intro)
2. Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')
3. Let Me Ride
4. The Day The Niggaz Took Over
5. Nothin' But A 'G' Thang
6. Deeez Nuuuts
7. Lil' Ghetto Boy
8. A Nigga Witta Gun
10. The $20 Sack Pyramid
11. Lyrical Gangbang
12. High Powered
13. The Doctor's Office (Skit)
14. Stranded On Death Row
15. The Roach (The Chronic Outro)
16. Bitches Ain't Shit!
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IllmaticRanked 400/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Illmatic is the debut album of American rapper Nas, released April 19, 1994, on Columbia Records. Following his signing to the label with the help of MC Serch, the album was recorded during 1992 to 1993 at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Its production was handled by Nas, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier. Stylistically a hardcore hip hop album, Illmatic features Nas' multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns expressing inner city lyrical themes and narratives based on his native Queensbridge, New York.
Upon its release, the album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. However, its initial sales fell below expectations and its five singles failed to achieve significant chart success. While it experienced initial low sales, Illmatic received positive reviews from most music critics upon its release and earned praise for its lyrical content, production, and Nas' lyricism. On January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and in 2001, it earned platinum certification after shipments of one million copies in the United States.
Since its initial reception, the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as a landmark album in East Coast hip hop. It contributed to the regional scene's artistic renaissance in New York, while marking an influential, stylistic change in hip hop at the time. Its influence on subsequent hip hop artists has been attributed to the album's production and Nas' rapping. Several writers have cited Illmatic as one of the quintessential hip hop recordings and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It has been included in numerous best album lists by critics and publications.The Genesis
N.Y. State Of Mind
Life's A Bitch
The World Is Yours
Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
One Time 4 Your Mind
It Ain't Hard To Tell
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackRanked 78/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
"I hated that record," said Public Enemy's Chuck D. Believe it or not, he's referring to "Bring the Noise," the frenetic first track of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the group's 1988 agit-rap masterpiece and breakthrough album. Public Enemy had recorded the song in October 1987 for the soundtrack of the forgettable Less Than Zero. When Chuck (a.k.a. Carlton Ridenhour) first heard the final version, he said, "I practically threw it out the window."
He changed his mind later that year when Public Enemy were on tour in England. "I kept hearing people ask, 'What's this record you've got out? People are going crazy over it,' " he remembered. "I was like 'OK, pull that acetate out, and let's play it [in concert].' People went berserk."
"Bring the Noise," along with "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Don't Believe the Hype" – all conceived in 1987 at the group's Hempstead, Long Island, studio, Spectrum City – would become the foundation of It Takes a Nation of Millions, an album that's loud, obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, uncompromising and hilarious all at once. Chuck may have been disgruntled over "Bring the Noise," but he always liked "Rebel Without a Pause," the track that introduced Public Enemy's trademark sirenlike horn squeals. Hank Shocklee of PE's production team, the Bomb Squad, says that "Rebel" started out as a response to Eric B. and Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul." "We were going for something that had the same feel but with more aggression," Shocklee said. "Because we were angry."
For "Rebel," PE coupled piercing squeals (a snippet from the J.B.'s' "The Grunt" played backward) with James Brown's "Funky Drummer" ("Because that song was my milk," said Shocklee). Then it fell on Chuck to write the lyrics. "I remember locking myself in the house for 24 hours," Chuck said. He emerged with verses that emulated Rakim's off-the-rhythm flow but stayed true to his own booming-baritone persona ("Soul, rock & roll, comin' like a rhino"); Chuck also dropped the name of black activist Joanne Chesimard, hinting at the political direction that his rhymes would soon take.
"Don't Believe the Hype," recorded just before "Bring the Noise," was Chuck's first foray into full-fledged polemics, in this case against the media. The lyrics were inspired by a slight against Chuck by New York-area radio DJ Mr. Magic. PE had serious doubts about that song, too. "We thought 'Hype' was just garbage," said Shocklee. Again, they saw the response the song got when DMC (of the group Run-DMC) blasted the track out of his Bronco in Harlem on a Saturday night. "The whole block was grooving to it," says Shocklee.
In January 1988, it all fit together. "You had the combination of the noise from 'Rebel,' " says Chuck, "the tempo of 'Bring the Noise' and the subject matter of 'Don't Believe the Hype.' It set off Takes a Nation pretty nice."
- Rolling StoneLP 1
1. Countdown To Armageddon
2. Bring The Noise
3. Don't Believe The Hype
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
6. Mind Terrorist
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness?
1. Show 'Em Whatcha Got
2. She Watch Channel Zero?!
3. Night Of The Living Baseheads
4. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
5. Security Of The First World
6. Rebel Without A Pause
7. Prophets Of Rage
8. Party For Your Right To Fight
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Paul's Boutique: 20th AnniversaryRanked 156/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the Beastie Boys are reissuing their epic second release, Pauls Boutique on 180g vinyl. The classic LP has been digitally remastered for the first time, with all three Beasties overseeing the 24-bit process. The albums original vinyl artwork will be restored in an eco-friendly, eight-panel digipak displaying a panoramic view of the intersection at Rivington and Ludlow in New York Citys Lower East Side. The reissue gives fans access to a free download of a track-by-track album commentary, with Mike D, Ad-Rock and MCA talking about the songs while the track plays in the background, much like Directors Commentaries on DVDs.1. To All The Girls
2. Shake Your Rump
3. Johnny Ryall
4. Egg Man
5. High Plains Drifter
6. The Sounds of Science
7. 3-Minute Rule
8. Hey Ladies
9. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner
10. Looking Down The Barrel of A Gun
11. Car Thief
12. What Comes Around
14. Ask For Janice
15. 59 Chrystie Street
16. Get On The Mic
17. Stop That Train
18. A Year And A Day
19. Hello Brooklyn
20. Dropping Names
21. Lay It On Me
22. Mike On The Mic
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Fear Of A Black PlanetRanked 300/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
Fear of a Black Planet was produced by the Bomb Squad and features the hit singles, “Fight the Power,” “Welcome to the Terrordome” and Flavor Flav’s “911 Is a Joke.”
Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, “Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.”1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)
2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out
3. 911 Is A Joke
4. Incident At 66.6 FM [Instrumental]
5. Welcome To The Terrordome
6. Meet the G That Killed Me
8. Anti-Nigger Machine
9. Burn Hollywood Burn (featuring Ice Cube)
10. Power To The People
11. Who Stole The Soul?
12. Fear Of A Black Planet
13. Revolutionary Generation
14. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man!
15. Reggie Jax
16. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin Charts (Instrumental)
17. B Side Wins Again
18. War At 33 1/3
19. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)
20. Fight The Power
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Enter The Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)Ranked 386/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Along with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s. Its spare yet atmospheric production -- courtesy of RZA -- mapped out the sonic blueprint that countless other hardcore rappers would follow for years to come. It laid the groundwork for the rebirth of New York hip-hop in the hardcore age, paving the way for everybody from Biggie and Jay-Z to Nas and Mobb Deep. Moreover, it introduced a colorful cast of hugely talented MCs, some of whom ranked among the best and most unique individual rappers of the decade. Some were outsized, theatrical personalities, others were cerebral storytellers and lyrical technicians, but each had his own distinctive style, which made for an album of tremendous variety and consistency. Every track on Enter the Wu-Tang is packed with fresh, inventive rhymes, which are filled with martial arts metaphors, pop culture references (everything from Voltron to Lucky Charms cereal commercials to Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were"), bizarre threats of violence, and a truly twisted sense of humor. Their off-kilter menace is really brought to life, however, by the eerie, lo-fi production, which helped bring the raw sound of the underground into mainstream hip-hop. Starting with a foundation of hard, gritty beats and dialogue samples from kung fu movies, RZA kept things minimalistic, but added just enough minor-key piano, strings, or muted horns to create a background ambience that works like the soundtrack to a surreal nightmare. There was nothing like it in the hip-hop world at the time, and even after years of imitation, Enter the Wu-Tang still sounds fresh and original. Subsequent group and solo projects would refine and deepen this template, but collectively, the Wu have never been quite this tight again. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide1. Bring Da Ruckus
2. Shame On A Nigga
3. Clan In Da Front
4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
5. Can It Be All So Simple/Intermission
6. Mystery Of Chessboxin'
7. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
9. Method Man
10. Protect Ya Neck
12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber, Pt. 2
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xA Tribe Called Quest
The Low End TheoryRanked 154/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Low End Theory is the second album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on September 24, 1991 through Jive Records, the album produced three singles: "Check the Rhime," "Jazz (We've Got)," and "Scenario.Side One1. Excursions
2. Buggin' Out
4. Verses From The Abstract
5. Rap Promoter
6. ScenarioSide Two1. The Infamous Date Rape
2. Check The Rhime
3. Everything Is Fair
4. Jazz (We' ve Got)
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Straight Outta Compton (Remastered)Remastered
Ranked 144/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Straight Outta Compton is the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988 on group member Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records. Its title refers to the group's native town, Compton, California. Production for the album was handled by Dr. Dre, with DJ Yella giving co-production. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap; with its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new sub-genre of hip hop. It has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and has had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop.1. Straight Outta Compton
2. Fuck Tha Police
3. Gangsta Gangsta
4. If It Ain't Ruff
5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised
6. Express Yourself
7. Compton's N The House
8. I Ain't Tha 1
10. Quiet On Tha Set
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Marshall MathersRanked 302/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Eminem's masterful second record has the chops and the credentials to go along with it. The Marshall Mathers LP won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, The Real Slim Shady won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and the record was also nominated for the Grammy for Album Of The Year. Expanding upon his debut, Eminem's follow-up is both funnier and darker than his debut and the production is nearly as evocative as the raps, with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects and spacious soundscapes. Reissued here on Double Vinyl LP by Universal Records.1. Public Service Announcement 2000
2. Kill You
3. Stan - (featuring Dido)
4. Paul - (skit)
5. Who Knew
6. Steve Berman - (with Steve Berman)
7. Way I Am, The
8. The Real Slim Shady
9. Remember Me? - (featuring RBX/Sticky Fingaz)
10. I'm Back
11. Marshall Mathers
12. Ken Kaniff - (skit)
13. Drug Ballad
14. Amityville - (featuring Bizarre)
15. Bitch Please II - (featuring Dr. Dre/Snoop
17. Under the Influence - (featuring D-12)
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The Miseducation Of Lauryn HillRanked 312/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is the critically and commercially acclaimed solo album by female Fugee Lauryn Hill. Originally released on August 25th, 1998, it has been widely praised for its seamless fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, and Neo-Soul. The songs vary in style, but make for a cohesive album. In 1999, the album garnered 10 Grammy nominations at the 41st Grammy Awards. When Hill won 5 Grammies that night, her achievement made her the first female to receive that many in one night. The album includes collaborations with soul singer D'Angelo on Nothing Even Matters; guitarist Carlos Santana on To Zion; singer Mary J. Blige on I Used to Love Him and well as then little-known John Legend playing the piano on Everything is Everything.
Over 10 years after its original release Hill's debut solo album has proven to stand the test of time easily.1. Intro
2. Lost Ones
4. To Zion
5. Doo Wop (That Thing)
7. Final Hour
8. When It Hurts So Bad
9. I Used To Love Him
10. Forgive Them Father
11. Every Ghetto, Every City
12. Nothing Even Matters
13. Everything Is Everything
14. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
15. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
16. Tell Him
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Illmatic XXRanked 400/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
20th Anniversary Of One Of Hip Hop's Most Celebrated Albums
In 2014, Legacy Recordings will release Nas’ seminal debut album as an expanded 20th anniversary edition titled, Illmatic XX. Long considered one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time, Illmatic is a densely textured, deeply lyrical portrait of life in the US’s largest public housing project, Queensbridge. Upon release, the record signaled the resurgence of the moribund New York hip-hop scene and helped pave the way for Biggie Smalls, Jay Z and a new generation of New York rappers.
Illmatic XX is the ultimate fan experience and features new liner notes by longtime friend, Sacha Jenkins (Ego Trip), previously unseen and rare photographs, and a personal note from Nas.
2014 is the year of Illmatic XX!1. The Genesis (Explicit Album Version)
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. Life's a Bitch
4. The World Is Yours (Explicit Album Version)
5. Halftime (Explicit Album Version)
6. Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)
7. One Love (Explicit Album Version)
8. One Time 4 Your Mind (Explicit Album Version)
9. Represent (Explicit Album Version)
10. It Ain't Hard to Tell
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StankoniaRanked 359/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
More ambitious and hook driven then their debut album, 2000's Stankonia is a trippy sort of technopsychedelic funk. Blending elements of hip-hop, alternative rap, southern rap and dirty south music with electronica and psychedelia earned the duo critical acclaim and broad audience appeal.1. Intro
2. Gasoline Dreams
3. I'm Cool (Interlude)
4. So Fresh, So Clean
5. Ms. Jackson
6. Snappin' & Trappin'
7. D.F. (Interlude)
8. Spaghetti Junction
9. Kim & Cookie (Interlude)
10. I'll Call Before I Come
13. Good Hair (Interlude)
14. We Luv Deez Hoez
15. Humble Mumble
16. Drinking Again (Interlude)
18. Red Velvet
19. Cruisin' in the ATL (Interlude)
20. Gangsta Sh*t
21. Toilet Tisha
22. Slum Beautiful
23. Pre-Nump (Interlude)
24. Stankonia$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
The Blueprint (Out Of Stock)Ranked 464/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to combat bootlegging. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan Center Studios and Baseline Studios in New York City. Contrasting the radio-friendly sound of Jay-Z's previous work, The Blueprint features soul-based sampling and production handled primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze. At the time of its recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, and had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas, Prodigy, and Jadakiss.The Ruler's Back
Girls, Girls, Girls
Jigga That N***a
U Don't Know
Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
All I Need
Renegade (feat. Eminem)
Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
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