Illmatic is the legendary debut album of the incredible lyricist Nas. At the age of 17 the artist started to write the project showing his natural and amazing talent as one of the greatest Hip-Hop artists to ever pick up the microphone.
The album is one of the most well known albums to ever be released within the Hip-Hop community. It is a massive piece of New York and east coast rap and was a building block at the time in shaping the east coast sound. Nas’ flow is smooth and executed perfectly over classic New York beats, which have been remixed hundreds of time since, due to their amazing production quality.
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Outkast’s sophomore album is a very important album in the history of Hip-Hop. The project is clearly very much influenced by Dr Dre’s “The Chronic” which featured massive influential tracks such as Still D.R.E., with the duo seen still finding their sound.
The 20 year old album marks a turning point for the industry, with little hits, but the obvious display of Andre 3000 and Big Boi‘s skill as artists. Outkast maintains sounds from their debut album (Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik), however ATLiens is a very individual project with numerous flows shown from both the rappers this time around. Andre finds himself much more animated and able to create more ways to make amazing tracks despite quieter less hard instrumentals.
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The first in a series of ‘Throwback Thursday” reviews, Biggie Smalls debut album is one that is more than worthy of your top five, having planted itself as arguably the best hip hop album to date.
The album is a masterpiece, staying lyrical, cohesive and entertaining throughout. Operating as both a full album listen and a track list for a whole host of singles. The release has a very clever yet simple concept. It begins with the ‘Intro’ track, which gives the listener an insight into Wallace’s birth, followed by a sequence of classic songs, discussing the rappers hustles, dangers and relationships. The project then reaches a halfway point where the song ‘Everyday Struggle’ discusses the hardships of everyday life for the then famous and wealthy rapper.
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