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US Dance/Club Culture Magazine

›› 100 Best Rap Albums + 100 Best Rap Singles.
›› Albums Rated 5 Out Of 5

Thanks to Olivier Moinett for the Singles.


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The Source: Albums Rated 5 Mics (Out of 5)
(Jan. 2011 - chronological)

Thanks To John C. Rasmussen fo This List


• Run-DMC: Run-DMC (1984)
• LL Cool J: Radio (1985)
• Run-DMC: Raising Hell (1986)
• Beastie Boys: Licensed To Ill (1986)
• Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded (1987)
• Eric B. & Rakim: Paid In Full (1987)
• Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (1988)
• Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)
• Big Daddy Kane: Long Live The Kane (1988)
• Ultramagnetic MC's: Critical Beatdown (1988)
• Jungle Brothers: Straight Out The Jungle (1988)
• EPMD: Strictly Business (1988)
• NWA: Straight Outta Compton (1988)
• Slick Rick: The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick (1988)
• The DOC: No One Can Do It Better (1989)
• Geto Boys: Grip It! On That Other Level (1989)
• Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990)
• A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (1990)
• Eric B. & Rakim: Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em (1990)
• Brand Nubian: One For All (1990)
• De La Soul: De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
• A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (1991)
• Main Source: Breaking Atoms (1991)
• Ice Cube: Death Certificate (1991)
• Dr. Dre: The Chronic (1992)
• Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle (1993)
• Wu-Tang Clan: Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
• Nas: Illmatic (1994)
• The Notorious BIG: Ready To Die (1994)
• Scarface: The Diary (1994)
• Mobb Deep: The Infamous... (1995)
• 2Pac: Me Against The World (1995)
• Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995)
• Fugees: The Score (1996)
• Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt (1996)
• 2Pac: All Eyez On Me (1996)
• The Notorious BIG: Life After Death (1997)
• OutKast: Aquemini (1998)
• Dr. Dre: 2001 (1999)
• Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001)
• Nas: Stillmatic (2001)
• Scarface: The Fix (2002)
• Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth (2005)
• Bun B: Trill OG (2010)
• Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010

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100 Best Rap Albums
Issue #100, Jan,1998 (in alphabetical order)

• A Tribe Called Quest- Low End Theory
• A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instictive Travels and the Paths of Rythm
• A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
• Above the Law- Livin' Like Hustlers
• Beastie Boys- License to Ill
• Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique
• Big Daddy Kane- Long Live the Cane
• Big Daddy Kane- It's a Big Daddy Thing
• Biz Markie- Goin' Off
• Black Moon- Enta Da Stage
• Black Sheep- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
• Bone Thugs and Harmony- Creepin' On Ah Come Up (EP)
• Boogie Down Productions- Criminal Minded
• Boogie Down Productions- By All Means Nessesary
• Brand Nubian- All For One
• Chill Rob G- Ride the Rythm
• Common Sense- Resurrection
• Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill
• Cypress Hill- Black Sunday
• Das EFX- Dead Serious
• De La Soul- Three Feet High and Rising
• De La Soul- De La Soul Is Dead
• Diamond D- Stunts,Blunts and Hip-Hop
• Digable Planets- Reachin'...
• Digital Underground- Sex Packets
• DJ Quick- Quick Is the Name
• D.O.C.- No One Can Do It Better
• Doug E. Fresh- World's Greatest Entertainer
• Dr.Dre- The Chronic
• Eazy E- Eazy Does It
• Eric B. and Rakim- Paid in Full
• Eric B. and Rakim- Follow the Leader
• Eric B. and Rakim- Let the Rythm Hit'Em
• EPMD- Strictly Business
• EPMD- Unfinished Business
• EPMD- Business as Usual
• Fugees- The Score
• Gang Starr- Step In The Arena
• Gang Starr- Daily Operation
• Genius/GZA- Liquid Swords
• Geto Boys- Grip It! On That Other Level
• Heavy D & The Boyz- Livin' Large
• Ice Cube- Amerikkka's Most Wanted
• Ice Cube- Death Certificate
• Ice T- Original Gangster
• Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince- He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper
• Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt
• Jungle Brothers- Straight Out The Jungle
• Jungle Brothers- Forces Of Nature
• Just Ice- Kool and Deadly
• Kool G Rap and DJ Polo- Road To Riches
• KRS One- Return Of the Boom Bap
• LL Cool J- Radio
• LL Cool J- Bigger and Deffer
• LL Cool J- Mama Said Knock You Out
• Lord Finesse- Funky Technician
• Main Source- Breakin' Atoms
• MC Lyte- Lyte as a Rock
• MC Shan- Down By Law
• Mobb Deep- The Infamous
• Naughty By Nature- Naughty By Nature
• Nas- Illimatic
• Nice and Smooth- Nice and Smooth
• Notorious B.I.G.- Ready to Die
• Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death
• NWA- Straight Outta Compton
• Ol'Dirty Bastard- Return to the 36 Chambers
• Onyx- Bacdafucup
• Organized Confusion- Stress:the Extinction Agenda
• Outcast- ATLiens
• Pete Rock and CL Smooth- Mecca and the Soul Brother
• Pharcyde- Bizzare Ride...II Pharcyde
• Poor Righteous Teachers- Holly Intellect
• Public Enemy- Yo! Bum Rush the Show
• Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
• Public Enemy- Fear Of a Black Planet
• Queen Latifah- All Hail the Queen
• Raekwon- Only Built For Cuban Linx
• Redman- Whut Thee Album
• Roots- Do You Want More?
• Roots- Illadephalflife v.3
• Run DMC- Run DMC
• Run DMC- Raising Hell
• Salt N Pepa- Hot, Cool and Viscious
• Scarface- Mr. Scarface is Back
• Schooly D- Saturday Night: the Album
• Slick Rick- The Great Advantures Of Slick Rick
• Smif N Wessun- Da Shinin'
• Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle
• Souls Of Mischief- 93 Till' Infinity
• Special Ed- Youngest In Charge
• Spice 1- Spice 1
• Stestasonic- On Fire
• 3rd Bass- Cactus Album
• Too Short- Born To Mack
• Tupac- Me Against The World
• Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
• Whodini- Escape
• Wu-Tang Clan- Enter the Wu-Tang
• X-Clan- To the East Backwards

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100 Best Rap Singles

• A Tribe Called Quest "Bonita Applebum"
• A Tribe Called Quest "Check The Rhime"
• Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force "Planet Rock"
• Audio Two "Top Billin"’
• Beastle Boys "It’s The New Style/Paul Revere"
• Big Daddy Kane "Raw"
• Big Daddy Kane "Ain’t No Half Steppin"
• Biz Markle "Nobody Beats The Biz"
• Diz Markle "Vapors"
• Black Sheep "The Choice is Yours"
• Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Thuggish Ruggish Bone"
• Boogic Boys "Fly Girl"
• boogle Down Productions "The Bridge Is Over"
• Boogle Down Productions "My Philosophy"
• Boogle Down Productions "I’m Still #1"
• Brand Nublan "Slow Down"
• Chubb Rock "Treat ‘Em Right"
• Common "I Used To Love H.E.R."
• Cralg Mack "Flava In Ya Ear"
• Cypress Hill "How 1 Could Just Kill A Man"
• Dane Dane "Nightmares"
• Das ElrX "They Want EFX"
• De La Soul "Plug Tunin’"
• De La Soul "Buddy"
• Dlgltal Underground "Humpty Dance"
• Disco 3 "Fat Boys/Human Beat Box"
• D.O.C. "it’s Funky Enough"
• Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew "The Show/La-Di-Da-Di"
• Dr. Dre "Deep Cover"
• Dr. Dre "Nuthin’ But A G Thang"
• EPMD "it’s My thing/A Customer"
• EPMD "You Gots To Chill"
• EPMD "So What Cha Sayin...
• Eric B. and Rakim "Eric B. Is President/My Melody"
• Eric 9. and Rakim "You Know 1 Got Soul"
• .Fearless Four "Rockin’it"
• Funky Four Plus One "It’s The Joint"
• 45 King "The 900 Number"
• Gang Starr "Dwyck"
• Geto Boys "My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me"
• Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five "The Message"
• Heavy D "Mr. Big Stuff"
• Ice T "Six In The Morning"
• Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Girls Ain’t Nothing But Tfouble"
• Jeru the Damaja "Come Clean"
• Jimmy Spicer "The Adventures Of Super Rhymes"
• Jungle Brothers "Jimbrowski"
• Just Ace "Latoya"
• Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo "Road To The Riches"
• Kurtis Blow "The Breaks"
• LL Cool J "Rock The Bells"
• LL Cool J "Jingling Baby (RMX)"
• Main Source "Live At The Barbeque"
• Margey Mari and The Juice Crew All Stars "The Symphony"
• MC Breed "Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin"’
• MC Eiht "Streiht Up Menace"
• MC Lyte "I Cram To Understand U"
• MC Shan "Beat Bitter/The Bridge"
• Method Man "Bring The Pain"
• Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2"
• Nas "The World Is Yours"
• Naughty By Nature "0.P.P."
• Nice & Smooth "Funky For You"
• Notorious B.1.G. "Juicy/Unbelievable"
• Notorious B.1.G. "One More Chance (RMX)"
• N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton"
• H.W.A. "Fuck The Police"
• 011 Dirty Bastard "Brooklyn Zoo"
• Pete Rock and CL Smooth "They Reminisce Over You"
• Pharcyde "Passing Me By"
• Public Enemy "You’re Gonna Get Yours/Rebel Without A Pause"
• Public Enemy "Bring The Noise"
• Public Enemy "Don’t Believe The Hype"
• Rob Case and DJ EZ-Rock "It Takes Two"
• Run-DMC "It’s like That/Sucker MCs"
• Run-DMC "Rock Box"
• Run-DMC "My Adidas/Peter Piper"
• Salt N Pepa "Tramp/Push It"
• Scarface "Never Seen A Man Cry"
• Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean/Gucci Time"
• Sir Mix-A-Lot "My Posse’s On Broadway"
• Slick Rick "Children’s Story"
• Slick Rick "Mona lisa/Hey Young World"
• Snoop Dogqy Dogg "Gin & Juice"
• Special Ed "I Got It Made"
• Spoonle Gee and The Treacherous Three "The New Rap language"
• Stetsasonic "Go Stetsa"
• Sugar Hill Gang "Rapper’s Delight"
• Super Lover Ccend Casanova Rud "Do The James"
• T La Rock "it’s Yours"
• Too Short "Life Is Too Short"
• Treacherous Three "At The Party"
• Tupac Shakur "I Get Around"
• Ultramagnetic MCs "Ego Trippin"’
• UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne"
• Whistle "We’re Only Buggin"
• Whodini "Five Minutes of Funk"
• Whodini "Friends"
• Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck/Method Man"
• Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M."