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4. Year of the Dog...Again
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1. Black Star
by Rawkus (Uni)
Audio CD (04 June, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Time is When? NOW & The Place is Where?HERE
DONT SLEEP ! BLACK STAR KEEP SHININ! BLESSUP!
5-0 out of 5 stars Black Star: Untouchable
This album has a really organic sound that you just don't find on any rap albums these days, including those of Mos Def and Talib Kweli.Hi Tek's production was on point; you can tell he was working on this with them live in the studio, and that they didn't just buy the beats in advance from some slick producer.This is an absolute must for hip hop fans, and a great place to start for those who want to get into hip hop.It is certainly one of the top 5 rap albums of all time and one could make a legitimate case for it being the best, up there with Ready to Die, Illmatic, Supreme Clientele, and Enter the 36 Chambers.

5-0 out of 5 stars (Rating 10 out of 10) Hey Mos and Kweli, How About A Second Album???
Black Star was one of the dopest acts on Rawkus Records. Consisitng of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, they were one of those emcees who were true to their skills. Appearing on Soundbombing I and Lyricist Lounge I, they were ready to team up and release this classic album "Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star" back in 1998/1999.
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Political Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Underground Rap   


2. Life After Death
by Bad Boy
Audio CD (25 March, 1997)
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Asin: B0000039QA
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT DEBUT
B.I.G. was one of the greats and even though he had only two albums they both are must haves for any true hip hop fan and not a lot rappers can say that about their own two albums. Anyways I'm not going to go indepth about this album because so many people have I'm here to tell you to buy it if you like hip hop. My favorite songs are all of them because each has a story and they will make you hit the rewind button cause it is so good you will not believe. Click on the add to cart button and enjoy this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars great album
First I'd like to say bring back READY TO DIE!!!
5-0 out of 5 stars deserves more stars!!!
if you don't have this album, GET IT.
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. G-Funk    3. Gangsta Rap    4. Hardcore Rap    5. Hip-Hop    6. Pop    7. Pop-Rap    8. Rap    9. Rap & Hip-Hop   


3. Licensed to Ill
by Def Jam
Audio CD (28 March, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill still great after all these years
I was 13 years old when I got the vinyl LP for the Beastie Boys debut album. This was the era of Run-DMC, Eric B. and Rakim, LL Cool J, etc. Most of the rappers in this so-called golden age of hip-hop pretty much rapped over sampled and mixed beats and scratching. The Beastie Boys debut album, Licensed to Ill, added a new flavor in that mix: rock riffs combined with hip-hop beats and scratches. The fact that they were a trio of white kids from Brooklyn only helped to add to their charm.
5-0 out of 5 stars NO PARENTAL ADVISORY
Old school. If you have a teen into rap this is a great alternative to "SHOW THE PUPS" how it was done before all women were treated as dirt in videos and and gangsters were hero's. The topic is party. the beat is rap/rock and it the "BOYS" influenced many of todays artists. And the infamous Brass Monkey song is still HOT HOT HOT. If you're a fan of any rap or roc or a parent that wants to add some depth to your teen's gangster heavy library-head to the old school kind of cool and you will find music you can both live with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Twenty Years and Still Standing
Anyway this cd deserves to be remastered and re-released for it's 20th anniversary.I think def jam can afford that. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hip-Hop    4. Old-School Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Rock/Pop    9. United States of America   


4. Year of the Dog...Again
Audio CD (01 August, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1111
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars another "dog"...don't waste your time and money....
...same stuff, different day.
5-0 out of 5 stars X is back, baby!
DMX is back after a 3 year break from the rap game. It's awesome to see he's back and not retired, as they said he was going to do on his last album.
4-0 out of 5 stars I like this cd
This cd wasn't that bad it had great banger tracks and excellent deep songs. The track listing starts to banger to emotional encluding a DVD bonus when you buy this alum. When i bought the cd i was excited but there was some songs that i wasn't really into like Walk these dogs, and Dog love. As a month go by, i got used to some of the sonngs and here is my revivew:
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


5. The Score
Audio CD (13 February, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Their remake of "Killing Me Softly" was the hit, but that's only the beginning of the story. A hip-hop trio whose talents reach out into the world of the pop song (Wyclef Jean is a fine guitar player, and Lauryn Hill's a heck of a singer), the Fugees are also all distinctive, inventive rappers--you find yourself waiting for each of them to take the next verse in turn. The beats are the familiar crossed-armed boom-bip, but the group's understated grooves and subtle effects lie low in the mix. Aside from two kicky covers of classics (the other is Marley's "No Woman, No Cry"), Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
Ten years later, this album still stands tall and powerful. Grammy winner 1997, launched solo talents and gems by Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean. Go get a few copies. Essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible hip hop!
Let's face it, this is one of the best hip hop albums ever!
5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Groups Of All Time!
The Fugees "The Score" is not a Hip-Hop album by any means.While it will fall into the category of Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B, this album is pure SOUL.Listening to some of the tracks will leave you wanting more.Lauryn Hill in "Killing Me Softly" no doupt one of the best recordings of all time.It touched a group of people, from grundge, metal, and pop.Why the Fugees broke up, well that's another story.But the CD belongs in any CD collecton.Even if you don't know who they are they will make you a fan! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Contemporary R&B    3. East Coast Rap    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Soul/R & B    8. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues   


6. The Black Album
by Def Jam
Audio CD (14 November, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Well Done China!
Does Jay-Z's 'music' have any merit? This question was thankfully answered for us all by the Communist Chinese government recently, when they denied him permission to perform a concert in Shanghai. The reason for this was because his music contains too many "profane references" and "vulgar language." No surpise there.
4-0 out of 5 stars Chris Rock said hip hop is hard to defend these days.
He's spot on.
2-0 out of 5 stars The Guy who could have been Good
Well this is the way it has been ever since after Jay Z's classic album Reasonable Doubt. A bunch of empty fluff lyrics recited over well produced tracks. If you want to dance then this album is cool, but if you want lyrical content go somewhere else. The track "Lucifer" was an exception, dosen't even sound like the same guy responsible for garbage like "Dirt on your Shoulder" wrote that. The track "Threat" was also ok. I'm going to give it two stars;One for the production, and one for the track "Lucifer". ... Read more

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7. The Blueprint
by Roc-a-Fella
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Born To Make Bomb Music....!!!!
I love love love this album....It's one of the best albums that Jay has done...IF...not the best.....He's so sick wit it.....
5-0 out of 5 stars Nothin' But Smashes!!!
Without question Jay's finest masterpiece!!! The cornerstone of his collection of works!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential For Jay's Fans!!!
I was really impressed with this release. It has to be his strongest record since Reasonable Doubt. His flow is matured but lyrical skills always come correct. Whether you're a fan of his rapid fire rhymes from Original Flavor/Earlier Days or love his polished lyrics now, this will help in finding that medium. Honestly you should own This, Reasonable Doubt, & the Black LP. All the others I only recommend to fans. Peace! ... Read more

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8. The Dana Owens Album
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (28 September, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing!A must have!!
I heard her beautiful voice when she sang on her show "Living Single" and just got this CD, WOW!It is just so beautiful I had to come to Amazon to buy extras for birthday presents!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I knew the Queen was Into music but WOW!
I could listen to this cd over and over again. I love that I can relaxe and sing along. Queens voice is wonderful and so comforting. I am so impressed. I love jazz. I hope she does more

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleeez! This album is excellent.
Anytime you can put a cd in and play it start to finish without all the blatant sexuality, I would say is excellent.My favorite is simply beautiful and baby get lost.If you don't know any thing about jazz I guess you wouldn't like this album but her covers are well done!!!She doesn't have to be vulgar to show she can sing and is she sexy. Hopefully, she will put out another album that will be just as good. ... Read more

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9. Illmatic
Audio CD (19 April, 1994)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete Hip-Hop Album EVER Made
Illmatic is the definition of true east coast hip-hop.No fan of rap or hip hop in general should be without their own, unripped copy of Illmatic.Esco paints a picture of true inner city living through the eyes of a twenty year old adolescent turning into his own man.Its one thing to listen to illmatic, and another thing to Understand and appreciate illmatic.Literally take the lyrics, and interpret them through what you think Nas was seeing.The most well rounded album ever, and yes, the best rap album of all time, no comparison. You can have your favorite Tupac albums, or your favorite biggie albums(Ready to Die).You can have Jay-Z, Pac, Big, Pun. . . anybody be your favorite rapper.But after taking a serious listen to Illmatic, one should realize that nothing that they put out can touch Illmatic.Check the tracks
5-0 out of 5 stars Eastcoast Up
I like the rap from the westcoast and the eastcoast. The whole eastcoast-westcoast thing doesn't bother me. I just love the rap from both. Nas's debut album Illmatic is a true eastcoast classic and quite possibly the best of the eastcoast. Nas's lyrical skills are amazing and the production of this is superb. Don't be put off buying this because there's only 10 tracks. Well you see, that's a good thing. If a rap CD has lots of tracks then the chances are its gonna have filler, when an album has around 10-12 tracks the chances are you can jam it in your CD player and not hit the skip button once. Its about quality not quantity. All the tracks on this are classics, in my opinion there is no best track, they are all so good that you just couldn't chose. Though probably my most played tracks would be NY State Of Mind, Life's A B**** and It Ain't Hard 2 Tell.
5-0 out of 5 stars (10 out of 10) One Of The Best Of The Best
The word "classic" is thrown around quite abit. What makes a classic? If it has acceptable lyrics, is it a classic? Does it have to have inspiring beats? Does it have to be accepted by underground hip hop heads? Does it have to cross a 10 year period for it to obtain "classic status"? Not necessarly. Nasir Jones debut "Illmatic" was a classic the day it was released. It was accepted by everyone. Reading all the respectable reviews on this album, everyone seems to know what an impact "Illmatic" was in the hip hop generation.
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10. Things Fall Apart
Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest hip hop albums ever
Just when I was getting very discouraged about hip hop taking a huge turn to the pop garbage can after the deaths of 2-Pac and Biggie, this album comes along and renews my faith in hip hop.Dudes, this album is just amazing. The creativity and skill are unmatched.The songs are original and catchy and the beat are pure sickness.This album has dark songs (Step Into The Realm) upbeat songs (Dynamite!), beautiful songs (You Got Me), hard songs (100% Dundee), and songs that are just plain the bomb (Double Trouble).GET THIS ALBUM, IT'S SUPER-SICK.

5-0 out of 5 stars perfect
the roots don't get the respect they deserve. I don't know why, since they're by far the most consistent group in hip-hop (a title gang starr formerly held, but only releasing one album since "moment of truth" took that title away from them). they make all kinds of hip-hop, from harder songs ("the next movement") to mellow songs ("act too: love of my life") to grammy award winners ("you got me"). but no matter how good of a lyricist is and how amazing of a musician ?uestlove is, the roots simply do not get the respect they deserve. even though they churned out eve and scott storch these guys can't go platinum.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good album not as good as Illadelphi or do you want more though
I'm going to be critical here because all the people that review tend to be fans of the album their reviewing.I've got all the roots albums and can say that this is middle of the road.I would say it is the first album of the modern roots phase where their style differs by creating a modern but at the same time retro feel with the bottles and bells sampling."Dynamite", "Ain't sayin' nothin new", "love of my life" and "you got me" are all chilled and great songs but don't flow like tracks such as "Episodes" or "Proceed" on previous albums.If you like cutting edge 1999 hip hop then you will love this.If you don't then you'll still like it if you open your eyes to it. ... Read more

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11. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
by Def Jam
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing from beginning to end............
Chuck, Flav, Griff, Terminator X, The Bomb Squad and the S1W's was and still is one of the most powerful hip hop groups ever put together. Chuck's voice alone should be added as seperate member. Check the power of "Here it is BAM!" Absolute classic joints are Don't beleive the Hype, Black Steel, Night of the Living Baseheads, Terminator -Rock-n-Roll, She watch Channel Zero and rest of the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking!
Is what you'll do after you've listened to this. Then you'll put the CD into the hole and cover it up with the dirt you've just exhumed. Just kidding, of course, this CD is too mind-blowing to describe in words.
5-0 out of 5 stars Untouchable
There's a reason why this album is consistently listed near the top of any list of great albums, hip-hop or otherwise.The layered production and album's thematic cohesion represented a quantum leap over anything that had been released in hip-hop to that point.Yet, it doesn't sound the slightest bit dated (like, for example The Chronic) because no one was able to emulate the Bomb Squad's sound the way that G-Funk or RZA-style production were constantly bitten years later.The result is an album that was monumentally important at the time of its release, and still just as fresh and jaw-dropping nearly 20 years later.
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Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Hip-Hop    5. Political Rap    6. Pop    7. Rap    8. Rap & Hip-Hop    9. United States of America   


12. Paul's Boutique
by Capitol
Audio CD (19 July, 1989)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A genre-changing album
With 192 reviews so far I'm not sure I'll sway the ratings much, but when this album came out, way back in 1989, it truly transformed rap. No album before it came anywhere close to the density and variety of sampling used on Paul's Boutique. The recurring theme of resurrection, unbelievable rhymes and cultural references (some pop, some not) and an unbelievable tapestry woven out of nearly every song that had ever come before it. Definitely on my short list for best album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd best record by NYC's own
I had this record on vinyl originally and ended up losing it to one of my friends. So i got it on CD just the other day (after having a burned copy) and it still sounds amazing. They'll never make another record like this ever again. Many consider this their best, but CHECK YOUR HEAD is my personal fav. Don't let this pass you by. If you don't own this already, buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well I'm Mike D and I'm Back from the Dead
I have a dirty little secret I must confess, I just recently got Paul's Boutique.As someone who has been called a music snob, you'd think I would have gotten back in '89 and look down on everyone who overlooked what is widely considered not only the best Beastie Boys album, but the best rap album ever made, but much like the rest of America at the beginning of the 90's, I was expecting License to Ill 2 and could quite understand the direction they were going in.
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13. Reflection Eternal/Train of Thought
by Rawkus (Uni)
Audio CD (04 June, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The CD is a blast
I love the concious rap, the nature of it is so real.I can go by these tracks because of what they represent; the essence.The top 5 songs of the album:
5-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive.
I'm always up for intelligent hip-hop, and "Reflection Eternal/Train Of thought" is filled to the brim with creative rhymes, head-bobbing beats, and powerful messages. For example, "Too Late" is a song that mourns hip-hop's downfall. "Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted/Commercial like pop or underground like black markets/Where were you the day hip-hop died?" It's so true it's almost eerie. Plus, the beat is amazing.
5-0 out of 5 stars Brought a tear to my eye!
This is an absolutely amazing album created by the reflection eternal. Another release that focuses on making classic songs that mean something positive to people. Songs that you can play twenty years from now and they are still dope and relevent to your life. Support emcees that have talent, not materialistic artists that make songs that will help you into a jail cell. ... Read more

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14. Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life
by Roc-a-Fella
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of Jay-Z Superstar!
Can I get a? was the first banger off this joint, then came the full leap to mainstream acceotance with Hard Knock Life(with it's Annie chorus). After this album Jay ruled hip hop. Even when DMX came along they co ruled but Jay was never knocked out of his #1 spot till Nas responded with ether in 2001. Anyways back to this review, Jay steps his game up from where he left off with "In my Lifetime vol 1". Most of the songs on here could have been sucessful singles such as Money Cash Hoes, Jigga What, Jigga Who, It's Alright, Money Aint A Thing and a couple more. The production was next level by Timbo and Swizz Beats.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of jigga's best
i own this album and i like all the songs.
4-0 out of 5 stars It's A Hard Knock Life For Us (4 stars)
It seems like a lot of reviewers are idiots and just want to bash Jay-Z.
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15. Collision Course (with DVD)
by Warner Bros / Wea
Audio CD (30 November, 2004)
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Asin: B00069A6P4
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars An awful move... Jay-Z spoils every beat he touches
Rap can be summarized in one word: awful. Lyrics about sex, drugs, and constantly blurting out expletives overtop of a beat that stays the same the whole song is only music to those with musical tastes horrid enough to think it's music. It's about time the hit stations played good music instead of crap like Beyonce, Destiny's Child, and Fergie. But back to the review already. Linkin Park should have never let this bogus trashtalker have a piece of their pie; they had a good thing going and shouldn't have made this album, Linkin Park fans like me can afford to wait from one album to the next without a piece of trash attempt to tide you over in between them. The new version of Numb on here is awful; it simply slays the song. I wish crap like this and Fort Minor weren't slowing down Linkin Park's progress towards their next album, I can't wait for it much longer but I"ve heard they have a new one coming out early next year.
5-0 out of 5 stars Shinoda knows what he's doing...great CD
Listen to this album. Listen to Linkin Park. Listen to Fort Minor. Shinoda can mix like there's no tomorrow. He can rap. He can mix rock with rap. Bringing Jay-Z into the mix is such a great concept and it works. "Numb/Encore" is just sick. The other mixes are also very good. They do a very good job mixing the 2 artists together.
1-0 out of 5 stars God help us.
Set Abominae wrote a very good review about this trash, but its time I put in my two cents. I loathe Jay-Z and Linkin Park ALOT, but putting them together is horrifying beyond belief!!
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16. Phrenology
Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Though @ Work and Rollin Wit Heat
One of the nicest 1 2 punchs on any record I've ever heard and the rest of the Cd is off the chain to, but Though @ Work that cut is dangerous kid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
Phrenology was my introduction to the Roots, having heard them recommended, of all places, on All Things Considered.
5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
One of the biggest reasons I got this cd was cuz it had, "The Seed (2.0)" and "Break You Off", but like every cd that I get I listen to the whole thing from start to finish. I ended up liking this cd a lot, I enjoyed it, it is different from the stuff that is out there today. It's deffinately bangin, and I'm startin to become a fan of "Black Thought", I heard him with "Fort Minor" and now here. So if you're looking for a change of pace pick up this cd, it's got some bangin beats and some strong lyrics. ... Read more

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17. The Low End Theory
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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Asin: B0000004X7
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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De La Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampled Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This album provides some of Hip Hops intelligent rhythms and fun lyrics.
Got to love Q and Phife! I grew up hearing and watching them as well as our other forefathers of hip hop. One thing that makes an album good is the ability to be so complex that one can listen to it over and over and never get bored with the songs such as theirs. If you dig the Roots, Digital Planets, Black Eyed Peas, or any other hip-hop group that has the slightest tinge of jazz to it, you have "The Low End Theory" to thank. Ali Shaheed Muhammed fuses up-beat hip-hop with funky jazz, and must of felt real good when he was finished. But it's not like this album was simply influential and not essential, or that it's solely revolutionary in one sense and not able to stand on its own in others.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most consistent and flowing hip-hop albums ever recorded
Rolling Stones magazine listed this cd as one of the top 500 albums of all time, and rightfuly so. A hip-hop classic to be sure, this album uses funky, jazzy, laid-back rhythms and intelligent lyrics to create one powerfuly solid sophmore debut. Q-tip and Phife Dawg have the smoothest MC skills I've ever heard. They switch back and forth with the flow of one person, proving that they truly are, as they say, "like butter".
5-0 out of 5 stars The blueprint for good Hip-Hop
In these days that it's almost embarrassing to say that you like hip hop, one needs only to listen to this album to realize the amazing potential for hip-hop as high artistic expression in music.
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18. Reasonable Doubt
by Priority Records
Audio CD (26 January, 1999)
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Asin: B00000HZG9
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Jay-Z's classic debut is a compelling reflection on his life as a hustler. It's invested with an uncommon complexity and candor that has noticeably faded in his later material. Armed with clever phrasing and sly deadpan wit, Jay-Z navigates indulgent romps ("Can't Knock the Hustle"), thought-provoking introspection ("Regrets"), and devastating street-corner soliloquies ("Friend or Foe") with savvy composure. The beats on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Knock That Hustle
I'm a big pre 1997 (before the death of Biggie) rap fan from Sydney Australia, and let me tell you the only music gettin played on our radios is Chris Brown, Juelz Santana and who ever the f**k else is out now. When will these people learn what real hip hop is all about?! I feel isolated cuz I listen to Ready To Die and Illmatic, just to name a few, and when I listen to an album like this it confirms to me that I'm missing out on absolutely nothing at all. Every song on this album is good definently not 1 filler. Apart from The Blueprint nothing else Jay's ever created compares to Reasonable Doubt. Better than Illmatic?......... mmmmaybe juuust a little.
2-0 out of 5 stars The most overrated rapper of all time
Simply put, Jay-Z is incredibly overrated.I own a couple of his CDs but to be honest, I never really liked him.His beats never grabbed me and his lyrics never stunned me so much that I just had to go back and listen to a specific song again.He mostly raps about drugs, money and cars.Nothing special, nothing new. I'm just being real about it, since everyone else is on his d!ck.I think the reason he's so respected is because he blew up right after Biggie died and he was the closest thing to him at the time.
5-0 out of 5 stars Street Poetry Defined!
Everyone always wants to experience a great street battle! True? But, when it comes down to it, its all about the message F a beat or a hook.Lyrically the best to ever do it is.1. Jay-Z, 2. BIG, 3. Eminem, 4. Nas, 5. Pac.That's it, yeah you may say Andre from Outkast, but in the revolution of art the limit is five.I am not talking about all their records.Jay had 2 (the black album, and Reasonable doubt.BIG (RIP!),Life After Death (But who knows, he didn't have enough time.). Em, The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. Nas, Illmatic.Pac (RIP!), All Eyes on me (and released more records dead then alive, f Mrs. Knight).The greatest poem ever written is N YState Of Mind by Nas.
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19. Do You Want More?!!!??!
by Geffen Records
Audio CD (17 January, 1995)
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Asin: B000003TB6
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Typically, we're better off ignoring the boasts of a rapper who claims to describe his own music, but when the Roots' lead voice Black Thought opens up his group's debut album by saying, "You are all about to witness some organic hip-hop jazz," it's a good idea to listen up. Organic is a fitting adjective for a hip-hop crew whose m.o. is as different from the typical studio-locked DJ/MC combo as grass is to Astroturf.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Yo Philly In The House Yall, Do You Want More?!!!??! (4.5 stars)
This was the second album that I picked up from The Roots (the first was The Tipping Point) and it has to be a real nice album to enjoy from beginning to end. It sounds like that they are at a live secession when recording this, with the instruments and the vocals. The second song gets the album going with the lead single "Proceed I" (There are about 5 different versions of this song on a bunch of 12" singles somewhere) as lead member Black Thought spits two verses, then Malik B finishes up the song. "Distortion To Static" is a song that features a bunch of laughter as the background vocals as the chorus. A standout track would be the song "Mellow My Man" as Black Thought passes the mic to Malik B on both verses. "I Remain Calm" is a loud track with drums. I couldn't decipher what the woman was saying in the back until a previous reviewer said she was saying "What the hell is this?", but Malik B and Black Thought come correct on this one. "Lazy Afternoon" as many people should have realized Black Though spits the same verse 3 times, each with a little more attitude than the previous. Rahzel would do his thing on the interlude "? vs. Rahzel". Another hot track is the title song "Do You Want More?!!!??!" as Black Thought rhymes over some bagpipes and drums that are played throughout the song. My only knock on this song is that Black Thought spits one solid verse and the track closes out with the title repeated with a few ad-libs. I was hoping he or Malik B would add another verse to the song. "What Goes On Part 7" is another laid back Roots style track with some tounge clicking curteosy of Rahzel. "Essaywhumam?!!!??!" gives me a somewhat of a confirmation that this was a live secession being recorded as instruments play and Black Thought handles the vocals, eventhough he doesn't rap. "Swept Away" is a song with a with a snare being played with a soft horn being played through the song, making it another standout. "You Ain't Fly" is a song about dissing some girl that rejected them, and yes ?uestion (now ?uestlove) raps on this song too, so its something worth hearing. "Silent Treatment" is a long song by Black Thought about a female that he liked (The group City High would sample this for that hit song "Carmel" about 4 years ago), as the music gives a relaxing feel. The listener should get out of that relaxed mode as the next track "The Lesson Part 1" as Black Thought and Dice Raw freestyle the entire track (Dice goes on for a good minute). Ursela Rucker would come by and drop a spoken word poem, that you have to listen real hard to understand what shes [really] saying other than the graphic words. I like it, because its somethig different that I've never heard on a hip hop album (whats funny is that Yvette's cell rings interrupting the poem somewhere in the middle). A great way to close the album off with something like this (I don't know and won't get into what the heck Rahzel does after the long silence following the spoken word.)
4-0 out of 5 stars The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots sophomore album was "Do You Want More?!!!??!". I recieved this album as a gift when it dropped in 1995, and at the time it was an introduction to a whole new genre of Rap I was unfamiliar with. I remember thinking "So this is what Philly Rap sounds like", its far from that simple though, the Roots brought a unique, distinct sound with this live album. After the intro, Black Thought and Malik B shine on "Proceed", a head nodder that has both MC's shining. "Mellow My Man", "I Remain Calm" & "Datzcat" are upbeat cut's where Black Thought and Malik B drop some abstract rhymes. The albums biggest collaboration is "Lazy Afternoon" which features Black Thought, Rahzel, Sista Urban & Rachel Graham. ?uestlove, Rahzel go head to head with the experimental and cool beatboxing "? Vs. Rahzel". Black Thought reps Philly and other cities on the title track"Do You Want More?!!!??!". Backed by some smooth production, and tongue clicking Black Thought, Malik B and Elo team up for "What Goes On Pt. 7". One of my favourite cuts on this release is "Swept Away", this track literally does that as Black Thought, Malik and Cassandra Wilson provide a smooth and memorable joint. Black Thought reflects on getting the "Silent Treatment", and Dice Raw makes his first appearance with "The Lesson Part 1". Ursula Rucker's spoken word poetry on "The Unlocking" closes off the album. Lyrically the Roots would elevate on future joints, production though was excellent. Experimental, creative, jazzy and memorable music makes "Do You Want More?!!!??!" an album worth checking out. Root's fan's can also look forward to"Game Theory" currently scheduled to drop in late August 2006. 3.5.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOT ALBUM
Blazin beats for dudes that could spit bars for real. I copped this album about 2 weeks ago. I had it on tape back in the day but I forget how good it was. And when you stack it against today's trash. This album stands about 50 ft. higher. No stand out tracks. Hot s*** from beginning to end. If you into real hip hop you cant go wrong with this. ... Read more

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20. All World: Greatest Hits
by Def Jam
Audio CD (05 November, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The very epitome of "been there, done that," LL Cool J also has the distinction of having originated (or, at least, being the most proficient at) half a dozen rap styles. On the hits collection Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop J meets Cool J
What up people, it's LL Pop J speaking. Now you may guess: Who inspired me to this name, eh?! Right: The one and only, the grandmaster of rap business, THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME: JAMES TODD SMITH, LL COOL J!!! This CD includes his most succesful titles, from "I can't live without my radio" over "I need love" until "Hey lover". Here you can have a general impression of the meaning of HipHop, what a 17-year-old guy is able to do...

3-0 out of 5 stars Fans can never be objective...
From the OBJECTIVE reviewer...a pioneer still going strong packs a couple of great moments, but there are still some tunes that sound dated and not in the classic sense of the word.

4-0 out of 5 stars For all hip hop fans!
If only "Phenomenon" would've been included in this great list of songs! That's the one that's missing here to completely make this the perfect CD. LL COOL J is definitely in a league of his own. He can't be compared to anyone else even though he is a rapper and he's in a lot of company and his sound is unique.
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