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I guess these guides are gonna be a thing I do now. I underlined what I thought was the absolute best.

  • 1984 - Run-D.M.C. by Run D.M.C. (rock/rap)
  • 1985 - Radio by LL Cool J (rock/rap)
  • 1986 - License to Ill by The Beastie Boys (rock/rap)
  • 1987 - Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim (classic east coast)
  • 1988 - Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. (classic west)/The Great Adventures of Slick Rick by Slick Rick (storytelling essential)
  • 1989 - All Hail the Queen by Queen Latifah (golden age)
  • 1990 - Amerikkka's Most Wanted by Ice Cube (political/obvious public enemy influence)
  • 1991 - The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest (jazz)
  • 1992 - The Chronic by Dr. Dre (west coast/g-funk/Death Row era)
  • 1993 - 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang Clan (classic hip-hop)/Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg (west coast/g-funk/Death Row era)
  • 1994 - Illmatic by Nas (greatest ever/classic east/storytelling/etc)/Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G. (classic east/storytelling)
  • 1995 - Me Against the World by 2Pac (blues)/Liquid Swords by GZA ("hypnotic"/east coast classic)
  • 1996 - All Eyez on Me by Tupac (classic west coast/Death Row era)/Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (revised classic/east coast classic/mafioso)/ATLiens by OutKast (southern)/
  • 1997 - Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G. (r&b/soul/classic east/Bad Boy at its peak)
  • 1998 - The Miseducations of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill (r&b/soul)
  • 1999 - 2001 by Dr. Dre (west coast/ignore the fucking title it was released in 1999)
  • 2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (borderline horrorcore but not shit like most horrorcore)
  • 2001 - The Blueprint by Jay-Z (east coast)/Stillmatic by Nas (east coast)
  • 2002 - The Eminem Show by Eminem
  • 2003 - Get Rich or Die Tryin' by 50 Cent/The Black Album by Jay-Z/Speakerboxxx & The Love Below by OutKast
  • 2004 - The College Dropout by Kanye West/Madvillainy by MF DOOM/Madlib
  • 2005 - Arular by M.I.A./Late Registration by Kanye/Be by Common/The Documentary by The Game
  • 2006 - Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse/Hip-Hop is Dead by Nas/Donuts by J Dilla
  • 2007 - Kala by M.I.A./American Gangster by Jay-Z
  • 2008 - Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
  • 2009 - Man on the Moon by Kid Cudi
  • 2010 - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
  • 2011 - XXX by Danny Brown
  • 2012 - Good Kid, M.a.a.D. City by Kendrick Lamar
  • 2013 - My Name is My Name by Pusha T
  • 2014 - PRhyme by PRhyme
  • 2015 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar/Compton - A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre by Dr. Dre
  • 2016 - Meanwhile in Florida... by Literally Everyone

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