This was arguably the first landmark rap album ever produced. I say arguably as one must also consider Bambaataa's Planet Rock and Wild Style, but this is effectively ground zero of hardcore rap posturing and the b-boy braggadocio that came to define rap as a viable musical form. Yes, Messrs. Run, DMC and Jam-Master Jay would be quickly overtaken by late 80s rap legends like Public Enemy, NWA, the Juice Crew and so on, but none of them could have done it without these guys. If your starting out in hip hop, you can do no better than to start here. If you think you don't like hip hop, that its stale derivative ghetto themes bore you, get this and witness how awesome this art-form once was. Truly the kings of rap and rock.