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  • Hey, what hip-hop album (or albums) changed your life? Comment below!

    Posted by ajgoat_ on April 5, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    For me, personally, it was 2Pac’s “Me Against The World”. I think the duality he displayed in his lyrics abt being a young Black man living in 90’s America at the time can still be reflected today, since not much has changed. What do y’all think tho?

    crenshawmike28_93 replied 1 year, 5 months ago 26 Members · 39 Replies
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  • bleep

    April 5, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    The blueprint 4 sho

  • joey-bad

    April 5, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Illmatic, began my whole journey into the genre as a whole.

  • uwont

    April 6, 2022 at 4:18 am

    Love the (s) on this.

    The College Dropout got me into hip hop

    Blueprint changed my perspective on hip hop

    When I heard Reasonable Doubt & PRhyme, I pretty much never listened to any other type of music again

  • sjatomos

    April 6, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Enter the 36 chambers, shit turned me into an east coast baby on the west side

  • lukeflytalker

    April 6, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Mecca & the Soul Brother caught me as a kid when I was just listening to hip hop for beats and kicking what my older cousins were bumping. First album I can say that I listened to fully for lyrical understanding and depth

  • frantzjtopnotch

    April 6, 2022 at 6:52 am

    Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die. As a Jamaican growing up with reggae and dancehall, this album was the door opener to hip hop for me. Hearing Jamaican influence in the lyrics was what bridged the gap and I’ve been hooked ever since

  • struggleandconquer

    April 6, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Good question. For me, I think it was probably Death Certificate, by Ice Cube. Though I was listening to rap before then. But this album was one that I started hearing the music. Hearing and understanding the metaphors. I really started understanding the music.

  • MaxUpchurch

    April 6, 2022 at 8:45 am

    For me, there’s 2 that really stand out

    Me against the world: I’m not sure if there’s been a more vulnerable album in rap than this. To have an album that takes you on the emotional highs (temptations, me against the world, heavy in the game, if i die 2nite) to the emotional lows (death around the corner, lord knows, so many tears, etc) and still maintains the level of cohesion that it did is a feat in rap that i still don’t think has been matched. Also, for an album that has so many deep album cuts it also has the commercial success with songs like so many tears, me against the world, dear mama, and temptations is beyond me. In my opinion, this is the GOAT rap album.

    Reasonable Doubt:

    In terms of production and beat choice, this is my favorite album of all time. I have a belief that certain songs could only be done one way. Some songs were made to sound exactly the way they sound. D’evils is a perfect example of that. That beat was made for HOV. Every word was annunciated perfectly. The verses were perfect. The storytelling was perfect. The song is a masterpiece. The samples on the album are perfectly chopped and used (politics as usual, dead presidents, can i live). There aren’t a lot of “no skip” albums. Reasonable doubt is the definition of a NO SKIP album. (Except maybe can i live II 😂) long live HOV’s magnum opus. I could write an MLA formatted essay on this masterpiece.

  • basesix

    April 6, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot & When Disaster Strikes

  • hobbs

    April 6, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    the 2 most life changing albums to this day as a 16 year old 💀 that i’ve discovered are 1999 and section 80

  • tymack

    April 7, 2022 at 5:36 am

    My first hip hop CD was Lauryn Hill — I was only a kid but I know why my mom bought it! It let me know that as a girl, I still had a place in hip hop without it being raunchy. At the time, all we ever saw was Lil Kim, Foxy or Amil.

  • enricoflamingo

    April 7, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Little Brother’s The Minstrel Show. I bought it because the cover looked entertaining. Turned out I was right. I had never heard of them before, I got to my first duty station in the army during cd era and had no music. I got the album back to the barracks and fell back in love with hip hop. Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte laced 9th’s production.

  • HomieOG1

    April 7, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Mine was All Eyez On Me. After hearing that album it made me realize how wicked rap and lyricism was as a whole. Every topic he touched on for that album was flawless IMO. He was rough, rugged and raw. Spoke the truth and also pushed the double disc trend(He was the first rap artist to have a double disc album) with so much material at a high level, he was unstoppable. Still is even deceased till this day! 🐐👑🎯💯🙏🏾🙌🏾

  • mcg_1312

    April 9, 2022 at 1:37 am

    NWA Straight Outta Compton for me I got a loan of that from my uncle aged 11 or 12 and it blew my mind, as a guy from Scotland who listened to music like the Rolling Stones he always had good rap albums Nas illmatic etc, so that put me onto Rap/Hip Hop, I never looked back.

  • ajgoat_

    April 9, 2022 at 6:04 am

    I’ve been reading all these and I really love the different stories and times you guys have fallen in love with hip hop or certain album. It’s really great to hear!

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