Friday, May 29, 2009

"John Q's Top 50 Albums"

"Where you been?" I would answer that question with a rhetorical answer. And that's my explaination, so let's keep business as usual up in this piece (EPMDDDDDD).

This post was formulated from Vincent's Thimk (ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO VOYAGE ON THE BLOG-E-VERSE). He posted his top 50 and I found it very interesting and I responded to his post stating that I would at least do my own post. So here we are, blah blah blah...forgot how the song went.

Anyways, lets see what this cat feels is his top 50 list and it, and it BEGINS!!!!!!!!!!!

*Sidenote: This list is not definitive, people (Or is It!!!)!!!

1. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
I first heard this album when in the teens. I was just floored by everything on this album. This being the first Tribe album I picked up, it is naturally my favorite from the crew. Very few albums on this list (possibly three to four at best) has left such a great impact on my progression into become a reliable and mature person. This album has it all there for anyone's interest that range from such topics as sex, violence, self-respect, and what it is to be a young black man. I first "Award Tour" and was taken back by how fun it sounded, while at the same time self conscious. But, It was "Electric Relaxation" tha truly caught my attention to where I played this song at least 500 times a month (YEP!!). This song is just...throwing game at it's best. This album solidfied it's place as numero uno with the ssong this blog owns it is due to: "Lyrics to Go" is probably my favorite song from the crew and maybe even my favorite song period. How they flipped the Legendary (She deserves Mad Props) Minnie Riperton's "Inside My Love" into this was ingenious and after this song (and album in general), I feel that this is the best hip-hop album I have ever heard. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, & sometimes Jarobi, reached their zenith with this album (IMO) and I can not see anything else in Hip Hop that has topped it (I did not say at least match a few albums in the list illustrate). So enjoy or hate, hate, hate @ Chappelle Show's Hater's Ball on the John Q's Top 50 albums (Wow, It actually is fitedy! Pat's John on the back and Q on the front???!!!!)

2. Nas - Illmatic
3. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
4. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
5. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
6. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
7. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
8. Mobb Deep - The Infamous
9. Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
10. Camp Lo - Uptown Saturday Night
11. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
12. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
13. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
14. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother
15. The Pharycde - Bizzare Ride To The Pharcyde
16. Gang Starr- Daily Operation
17. The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
18. GZA - Liquid Swords
19. Raekwon - Only Built 4 A Cuban Linx...
20. De La Soul - Stakes Is High
21. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
22. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
23. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
24. EPMD - Strictly Buisness
25. Outkast - Aquemini
26. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
27. Blackstar - Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Blackstar
28. Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
29. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising/De La Soul Is Dead (I know I'm cheatin, but come on)
30. Common - Like Water for Chocolate
31. O.C . - Word...Life
32. Jeru The Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East
33. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
34. Snoop Doggy Dog - Doggystyle
35. Ice Cube - Amerikka's Most Wanted
36. Bush Babees - Gravity
37. A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm
38. Public Enemy - Fear of A Black Planet
39. Run-DMC - Raising Hell
40. Outkast - Atliens
41. Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane
42. Ultramagnetic - Critical Beatdown
43. Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
44. Tupac - Me Against The World
45. Redman - Whut??? Thee Album
46. Eric B. & Rakim - Follow The Leader
47. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
48. The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
49. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
50. Brand Nubian - One For All


vincentlopez said...

Not a bad list at all. But Biggie over Public Enemy??? Hmmm....

John Q said...

I know, I know, but can you blame me.....also hope this list does not show me age!!!

Refuse To Come Wack said...

As with any list like this, everyone's gonna have pretty much a completely different opinion, but I felt your list was pretty solid except for a few things. As much as I LOVE Midnight Marauders, I find it impossible to put over the hip hop bible (Illmatic), but it is within my top 5. My only other big things were that I felt you have Reasonable Doubt a bit too low, and I just reviewed Mecca & The Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient and found The Main Ingredient to be a MUCH better listen.

I'm the one that wrote the fan review of Midnight Marauders on Hip Hop Isn't Dead...feel free to link up/check out my site!

Max said...

I would actually agree with Midnight Marauders over Illmatic. It just appealed to me a lot more. Considering everyone believes me to ba a Nas hater, this shouldn't surprise anybody. Then again, Illmatic would probably be in the top five, ranked just below Liquid Swords. Damn, writing a list such as this is difficult. Which is why I haven't done one yet.

Good post, though. Oh, and to answer your question about how to get on with the Reader Reviews, just shoot me an email with your ideas.


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