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One Album Has To Go - The Infamous, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Illmatic, Life After Death
The Infamous 23 19.33%
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 35 29.41%
Illmatic 13 10.92%
Life After Death 48 40.34%
Voters: 119.   (BX member poll)

 2 weeks ago '17        #1
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One Album Has To Go - The Infamous, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Illmatic, Life After death
 

 
The Infamous

Much more successful than their debut, The Infamous is hailed a New York classic. Its gritty underground style is a staple in the hardcore movement that was going on at this time in New York. This album helped New York Hip Hop to separate itself from the boom-bap style that was popular a few years prior. Havoc and Prodigy’s production shaped a new sound that could separate them from any out of Queens at the time.

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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is arguably the best solo Wu-Tang album. Most of contemporary hip-hop's Mafioso-inspired themes and MC street aliases are inspired by the "Wu-Gambinos" motif introduced on this 18-cut LP. As the Wu's preeminent storyteller, Raekwon (a.k.a. "The Chef") paints Technicolor Kool G Rap-style pictures of high-stakes drug trafficking on "Criminology," and then mixes his street sensibility with 5% Nation of Islam reasoning on "Knowledge God." This album is loaded with RZA's finest production moments, as he samples a barrage of kung-fu flick sound bites, plays discordant keyboards on "Incarcerated Scarfaces," and utilizes some eerie female vocals on "Rainy Dayz." Rae's timeless duet with Nas on "Verbal Intercourse" further cements the album's status as one of the best of all time.

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Illmatic

There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially sell well, the 20-year-old Queensbridge native's music made an impact with the right crowd; namely, die-hard rap fans, industry insiders and most importantly, his peers. It was difficult to listen to the album for the first time and not be blown away. Escobar season was about to begin.



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Life After death

The King of Brooklyn, Biggie Smalls, busted through with an instant hip-hop classic on his first album, Ready to Die, but he outdid even his standard on Life After death, an audible, posthumous autobiography about the life of the former dope dealer. The 2 CD set revels in death, especially on "n*ggaz Bleed," "Somebody's Gotta Die," and "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody k*lls You)," but it's painfully clear that this fun-loving father of two wanted to see his kids grow up on "Sky Is the Limit" and "Miss U," both of which point to the future. The album also serves as a testament to Biggie's flexibility: he adopts Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's rapid rhyme flow and Midwestern beats when they guest on "Notorious Thugs," he positively bounces on both "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Going Back to Cali" (guesting Eazy Mo Bee), and even kicks it Wu-Tang style when RZA shows up for "Long Kiss Goodnight."


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 2 weeks ago '17        #2
seansmith777  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1 OP
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I can't take Illmatic off the list especially with a song like this



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 2 weeks ago '04        #3
Skilllz  1 heat pts1
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Only Built :'(
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 2 weeks ago '18        #4
Thanos  2 heat pts2
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I tried not to take Biggie off cause it people will say it's cause I love Pac but it was too hard not to
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 2 weeks ago '06        #5
jj01 
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No
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 2 weeks ago '13        #6
THEDONN 
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Top 10 most propped recently  2 weeks ago '19        #7
Big Tymerz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Who picked Illmatic?

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 2 weeks ago '15        #8
Mystic  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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illmatic

It having One time for your mind almost made me choose it in under 3 seconds but because of the other songs it took me 5 seconds

EDIT: listening to Illmatic again and it's a tough one but Illmatic or Life after death. Not voting for any of those though


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 2 weeks ago '09        #9
Lupe Hunter  86 heat pts86
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Life after death got a couple of skippable track while others don’t

Illmatic
The infamous
Only built for Cuban lynx are all better

LAD was amazing album tho just not better than those three imo
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 2 weeks ago '04        #10
skillahmang  3 heat pts3
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Love LAD, but def weakest of the 4.
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 2 weeks ago '19        #11
Chaos LS  1 heat pts1
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Only built 4 Cuban Linx can go easily
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 2 weeks ago '04        #12
C.R.I.P.  4 heat pts4
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The infamous. Easy call.
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 2 weeks ago '19        #13
Jalalphill44 
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Love Illmatic but it gotta go sorry
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 2 weeks ago '19        #14
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 seansmith777 said
The Infamous

Much more successful than their debut, The Infamous is hailed a New York classic. Its gritty underground style is a staple in the hardcore movement that was going on at this time in New York. This album helped New York Hip Hop to separate itself from the boom-bap style that was popular a few years prior. Havoc and Prodigy’s production shaped a new sound that could separate them from any out of Queens at the time.

Standout Tracks:









Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is arguably the best solo Wu-Tang album. Most of contemporary hip-hop's Mafioso-inspired themes and MC street aliases are inspired by the "Wu-Gambinos" motif introduced on this 18-cut LP. As the Wu's preeminent storyteller, Raekwon (a.k.a. "The Chef") paints Technicolor Kool G Rap-style pictures of high-stakes drug trafficking on "Criminology," and then mixes his street sensibility with 5% Nation of Islam reasoning on "Knowledge God." This album is loaded with RZA's finest production moments, as he samples a barrage of kung-fu flick sound bites, plays discordant keyboards on "Incarcerated Scarfaces," and utilizes some eerie female vocals on "Rainy Dayz." Rae's timeless duet with Nas on "Verbal Intercourse" further cements the album's status as one of the best of all time.

Standout Tracks:









Illmatic

There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially sell well, the 20-year-old Queensbridge native's music made an impact with the right crowd; namely, die-hard rap fans, industry insiders and most importantly, his peers. It was difficult to listen to the album for the first time and not be blown away. Escobar season was about to begin.



Standout Tracks:










Life After death

The King of Brooklyn, Biggie Smalls, busted through with an instant hip-hop classic on his first album, Ready to Die, but he outdid even his standard on Life After death, an audible, posthumous autobiography about the life of the former dope dealer. The 2 CD set revels in death, especially on "n*ggaz Bleed," "Somebody's Gotta Die," and "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody k*lls You)," but it's painfully clear that this fun-loving father of two wanted to see his kids grow up on "Sky Is the Limit" and "Miss U," both of which point to the future. The album also serves as a testament to Biggie's flexibility: he adopts Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's rapid rhyme flow and Midwestern beats when they guest on "Notorious Thugs," he positively bounces on both "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Going Back to Cali" (guesting Eazy Mo Bee), and even kicks it Wu-Tang style when RZA shows up for "Long Kiss Goodnight."


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Can switch it up do the group album's next if you can

 2 weeks ago '13        #15
gow  1 heat pts1
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Top 10 most propped recently  2 weeks ago '19        #16
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Damn this is hard but mobb deep gotta go n*ggas ain’t taking my Cuban links from me


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 2 weeks ago '07        #17
Verse  76 heat pts76
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 2 weeks ago '11        #18
DJ Linx  6 heat pts6
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Jesus....literally 4 of my top 5 favorite albums of all time....fu*k.....
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 2 weeks ago '15        #19
JRob1125  3 heat pts3
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Sorry Rae

 2 weeks ago '10        #20
knowlege bass 
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I love Biggie, but in this scenario LAD falls to the bottom for me. Too much emotional baggage and experiences tied up in those other albums.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #21
Sucka Repellent  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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infamous gotta go!

n*ggas who sit between other n*ggas legs slap away....
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 2 weeks ago '05        #22
P DRILLA  118 heat pts118
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LAD...shows something about the era when the worst album of those four was still a great album

 2 weeks ago '11        #23
itstruemental  1 heat pts1
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Sorry Rae.

I don't need Nas and Rae in the same to-go meal. Like having gourmet chicken and chicken from Walmart. The Mobb and Big are good side orders to compliment the entree.

Rae unfortunately is a poor man's Nas in this equation.


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 2 weeks ago '12        #24
CosbySweater  304 heat pts304
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Infamous gotta go.

Purple Tape, Life After death, and Illmatic are all better.

 2 weeks ago '18        #25
ordoabchao  33 heat pts33
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GTFOH Biggie...
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