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Essential Albums In No Particular Order!

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Council Estate Of Mind
Council Estate Of Mind
"Skinnyman's debut comes across as a rough around the edges street Hip-Hop at first, but this is a thought provoking, honest analysis of life on the council estates of London. Mr. Cameron take note!"
A Battle Against The City Of Madness
A Battle Against The City Of Madness
"Mr Grimez The Anti Hero's debut album. Not too hard not to soft. A UK Hip-Hop cult classic?"
A Prince Among Thieves
A Prince Among Thieves
"Prince Paul's 1999 cult classic! The man who produced De La Soul's first 2 albums was criminally overlooked by both commercial and underground Hip-Hop followers. One of my favorite Rap records ever!"
The Chronic
The Chronic
"Dr Dre's classic solo debut heavily featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg. Took Hip-Hop production values to another level,  although the same cannot be said for the slightly Cliche lyrical content."
Doggystyle
Doggystyle
"Snoop Doggy Dogg's solo debut. Some say a carbon copy of the Dr Dre's Chronic which is good if your into Gangster Rap. I think it edges the Chronic in that it doesn't loose steam half way through."
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
"Lauryn Hill's Debut album. A perfect blend of Soul, R&B and Reggae. Unique in that it has something for everybody. One of those rare albums that has multi-cultural, generational appeal."
Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar
"Another Debut! This is absolutely gorgeous. Anybody looking for smooth silky R&B music uninterrupted by abrasive forceful raps should listen to this. D'angelo's masterpiece. Every track a classic."
What's Going On
What's Going On
"Marvin Gaye's artistic rebirth. It blends together seamlessly similar to the second half of the Beatles Abbey Road. Highly influential and timeless and still relevant unfortunately."
Original Musiquarium I
Original Musiquarium I
"Impossible to recommend one Stevie Wonder album! This takes the best of his so called “golden period”. Brilliant Singing, Keyboard work and musicianship that has influenced every R&B artist since."
Late Registration
Late Registration
"Kanye West's sophomore effort is my favorite of his “college themed” trilogy. Humorous, uplifting, reflective and ambitious. keeps momentum throughout. Saved Hip-Hop from becoming stale mid 2000's."
Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
"Pet Sounds is perfect. Brian Wilson's use of  big epic orchestral arrangements is spot on. The lyrics are heartfelt, honest and the boys provide great vocals performances throughout. Classic."
Off the Wall: Special Edition
Off the Wall: Special Edition
"Michael Jackson's adult solo debut in my opinion is his greatest work. It has a looser “liver/dirtier” funkier feel than Thriller which is excellent too but overly calculated, perfect and pristine!"
18th Letter: THE BOOK OF LIFE
18th Letter: THE BOOK OF LIFE
"Rakim done for MCing what Bruce Lee did for martial-arts. This virtuosity is no longer exclusive to him but Rakim has a cohesive intelligent edge that separates the artists from MC's."
Everything Is Everything
Everything Is Everything
"Donny Hathaway is so under appreciated. Influencing Stevie Wonder to step up his singing voice, incorporating social political messages in his music 2 years before Marvin and Curtis."
The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
"Slick Rick's 1988 classic debut. Pioneered a laid-back, conversation story telling style to Hip-Hop Rick Over-dubs his voice to great effect. This is very entertaining and fun."
Giant Steps
Giant Steps
"John Coltrane Giant steps; Talk about virtuosity this guy leaves everybody behind! Swinging drums, bass and piano. Would be to die for Live in person! My favorite Jazz album."
The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo
The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo
"Had to see what all the hoopla was about with these guys. There are REALLY good but not peerless like some would have you believe. Respect is due for the countless many they have influenced!"
Boy In Da Corner
Boy In Da Corner
"Dizzie Rascal's debut album. I was totally transfixed on the innovation of music, lyrics on display from the then 18 year old Dizzie Rascal who's wise beyond his years. UK Grime music at it's best."
Too Hot To Handle...Plus + Central Heating...Plus
Too Hot To Handle...Plus + Central Heating...Plus
"Heatwave set the blueprint for Michael Jackson's musical success. Compare this to “off the wall” or “Thriller”. This is just as good as those! Sony wont reissue the bands entire back catalog"
Syreeta / Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta [Us Import]
Syreeta / Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta [Us Import]
"Stevie Wonder's wife and collaborator in the early 1970s. He produced two albums for her during his absolute peak both here in their entirety. With Syreeta's sweet vocals and songwriting."
Perfect Angel
Perfect Angel
"Minnie Ripperton's peerless vocals with Stevie Wonder helping with production refraining from his trademark electronics in favor for a more acoustic vibe. Sounds great the summer!"
3 Feet High and Rising
3 Feet High and Rising
"De La soul made it cool to be a individual in Hip-Hop. Being themselves and not portraying to be hard or street paving the way for many. Oh.. and the music's good as well!"
Long Live the Kane
Long Live the Kane
"In the 1980's Big Daddy Kane was Rakim's only peer. His virtuous MCing  is so apparent that even non Rap fans can appreciate it. Marly Marl Production is great too. this is a classic!"