July 13, 2014

The Source "The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995"

Let's do it again ... using The Source's system as a base, I'll go row for row and narrow it down to my favorite album of the year. Row 1: these are all phenomenal albums so I feel okay no matter what I pick but if I had to do a scenario where I pick one and all the others don't exist, I'd pick "Tical" because without the album version, the remixes of "All I Need" probably don't exist and that's one of the best songs of all-time. Otherwise, I go with "Dah Shinin" because I still love listening to it from start to finish, it puts me in a New York vibe, lol. Row 2: I easily rock with 2Pac's "Me Against The World," which I consider to be Pac's greatest and most personal album. R.I.P. Tupac Shakur. Row 3: Hands down, "The Infamous" by Mobb Deep. Quite possibly the greatest comeback album of all-time. Two of the greatest back-to-back singles too with "Shook Ones" and "Survival of the Fittest."

Row 3: I was never solo-KRS's most vocal supporter; something about his solo work never struck a chord with me, but I did love his self-titled album. That said, it doesn't stand a chance against Raekwon's solo debut "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx." GZA's "Liquid Swords" was released in November, which is past the cut-off date to make this list or we'd have a tough argument right now, lol. Row 5: The Show soundtrack is incredible, but I don't count that. Between "Jealous One's Envy" and "4,5.6," I am rocking with Fat Joe, and I'm STILL salty I picked the Das Efx album over J.O.E the first time I saw it in the record store, lol. Save that for another day. In the end, it comes down to "OB4CL" and "The Infamous." Depending on the day of the week, my choice might change, but today I am going with ... The PURPLE TAPE, that's like having your # retired & what's more Infamous than that? lol