Top 5 Debut Albums of All Time

Yea, we have opinions.

Top Five Debut Hip Hop Albums 
1. Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Released on April 26, 1994 on LaFace Records.
The album is the funkiest and most retro Gangsta Rap album ever created. The lyricism
doesn’t even need a good beats, but every song has one anyway.

Highlight Tracks: 
Crumblin’ Erb
Player’s Ball
Git Up, Git Out
Hootie Hoo
2. Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers
Released November 9, 1993 on Loud Records
The unique Wu-tang sound provided framework for modern Hip Hop. It is 
one of the most important albums of all time, for every genre. The beats are laid 
back and in your face at the same time; every lyric is a knockout punch.

Highlight Tracks:
Bring da Ruckas
Protect Ya Neck
3. Nas: Illmatic
Released on April 19th, 1994 on Columbia Records
Nas details the ins and outs of New York street life with one the most insane flows ever. 
The beats, produced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and Large Professor, are equally matched
to the rhymes. It is a true head-nodding classic. 

Highlight tracks:
New York State of Mind
The World is Yours
One Love
Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)
4. Kanye West: College Dropout
Released on February 10, 2004, on Roc-A-Fella Records
Kanye was not new to the rap scene, but with The College Dropout he introduced himself as not only as a dope
producer but a talented rapper. Every track is pure Kanye gold; it’s clear that he never holds back.

Highlight Tracks:
We Don’t Care
Jesus Walks
All Falls Down
Two Words
5. Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt 
The beats on Reasonable Doubt, provided by the likes of DJ Premier & Ski, are as
irresistibly slick as his raps. Jay-Z reveals his true genius in his debut album. This 
album will get you hooked on hip hop.

Highlight Tracks:
Brooklyn’s Finest
Can’t Knock the Hustle
22 Twos
Honorable Mentions:

 The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to Die
 Tupac: 2Pacalypse Now
 Method Man: Tical
 Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle

 Ludacris: Back for the First Time


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