Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
Some of my favorite Hip Hop albums of all time
Eric B. and Rakim ‘Follow the Leader’
To me, Rakim’s verses on the title track are unbeatable in every way: cadence, flow, word play.
Wutang Clan ‘Enter The 36 Chambers’
Most stacked lineup of any Hip Hop group of all time. End of story. And this is their opus.
Lil Fame and Billy Danze spit with ferocious energy every step of the way. DJ Premier and others enhance the MC’s rugged style. This album is pure energy.
Big Pun ‘Capital Punishment’
He was WAY ahead of the game. Maybe the most talented lyricist of all time IMO.
Pharoah Monche ‘Internal Affairs’
A lot of people sleep on him but he is an MC with amazing precision, creativity, and range.
The alternate version of “Simon Says” contains verses from Redman, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and more and is one of my all time favorite hip hop tracks.
Necro “Death Rap”
Necro is brutal and on point on this one. This one always gets me pumped up.
Killah Priest ‘Heavy Mental’
He is on another level on this record. This recording is so inspired.
other notables; Kool G. Rap ‘4,5,6’, Kool Keith ‘Black Elvis’, Beastie Boys ‘Paul’s Boutique’, GZA ‘Liquid Swords’, E.P.M.D ‘Business as Usual’, Redman ‘Muddy Waters’, Company Flow ‘Funcrusher Plus’,
A.H. of Take Offense
Here is a short list of hip hop albums that had more of an impact on myself growing up.
Dr. Dre – chronic 2001
Beastie Boys – License To Ill
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Nas – Illmatic
Jedi Mind Tricks – The Pyscho-social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness
Wu-Tang Clan – 36th Chambers
GZA – Liquid swords