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  1. First off as I reflect over the years since the turn of the 21st century the quality of hip hop isn't the same but there's still been some classic albums believe it or not, here are my 15 favorites in no order, I have them on cassettes, CDs, my Windows Media, and of course my MP3 player: EDIT:I redid the list with only 1 album per artist: Will Smith "Willenium"(Late '99 so I consider it 2000) Busta Rhymes "The Big Bang"(2006) LL Cool J "G.O.A.T."(2000) Kel Spencer "Who Is Kel Spencer? Mixtape"(2006) Jay-Z "The Blueprint 2"(2002, I know most like Blueprint better but I play this one more, brings back memories of high school) KRS-ONE "Spiritual Minded"(2002) Pep Love "Ascension"(2001, that's right Tim I still got that CD you sent me back in the day and I've been hooked) The Roots "Things Fall Apart"('99/2000) Public Enemy "Revolvolution"(2002) Fat Joe "Jealous Ones Still Envy"(2001) Ja Rule "Pain Is Love"(2001) Nas "God's Son"(2002) DMX "The Great Depression"(2001) Wyclef Jean "The Masquerade"(2002) Game "The R.E.D. Album"(2011) Honorable Mentions: Will Smith "Lost & Found"(2005) LL Cool J "10"(2002) LL Cool J "Authentic"(2013) Kel Spencer "Who Is Kel Spencer? Mixtape"(2006) Jay-Z "The Blueprint 2"(2002, I know most like Blueprint better but I play this one more, brings back memories of high school) KRS-ONE "Kristyles"(2003) KRS-ONE/Marley Marl "Hip Hop Lives"(2007) Public Enemy "Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamps"(2012) Fat Joe "Jealous Ones Still Envy"(2001) Ja Rule "Pain Is Love"(2001) Game "The Doctor's Advocate"(2006) DMX "Year Of The Dog Again..."(2006) LL Cool J/DJ Kay Slay "Return Of The G.O.A.T." Mixtape(2008) LL Cool J "Exit 13"(2008) DJ Jazzy Jeff "The Return Of The Magnificent"(2007) DJ Jazzy Jeff/Mick Boogie "Summertime Mixtapes"(2010-2014) DJ Kay Slay "Streetsweeper Vol. 1"(2003) DJ Kay Slay "Streetsweeper Vol. 2"(2004) DJ Clue "The Professional Pt. 2"(2001) Funkmaster Flex "60 Minutes Of Funk Vol. IV"(2000) Common "Like Water For Chocolate"(2000) Common "The Dreamer, The Believer"(2011) Eminem "The Eminem Show"(2002) Eminem "8 Mile Soundtrack"(2002) Eminem "Recovery"(2010) 50 Cent "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'"(2003) Foxy Brown "Broken Silence"(2001) Eve "Eve-o-lution"(2002) Guilty Pleasures(albums that only I think are classic, lol): Will Smith "Born To Reign"(2002) 50 Cent "The Massacre"(2005) Nelly "Nellyville"(2002) Lil Kim "Notorious K.I.M."(2000) Diddy "Press Play"(2005) LL Cool J "Todd Smith"(2006) Jay-Z "Kingdom Come"(2006) I miss having the thorough music discussions on the board, sure facebook and twitter are good time occupiers but there's nothing like coming on here having music discussions with the real heads so feedback would be appreciated, try to come up with ur own list too if possible...
  2. I got chills watching and listening to this new collaboration today: http://www.vevo.com/watch/john-legend/Quiet-Storm-(Studio-Video)/USUV71401494
  3. BOYZ II MEN - TWENTY

    I think most R-N-B fans recognize BIIM as one of the best to ever do it. They are the reason R-N-B was so big in the 90's and even today. After a decade of cover albums and unknown import original albums, they are FINALLY BACK. I've been listening to the album EVERY DAY since it dropped last week. To sum things up, its classic R-N-B with a timeless sound. There's not stupid guest rappers or radio-influenced tracks. Most of the production is handled by Babyface, Jimmy Jam + Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, and Tim + Bob. The bonus disc is interesting, It features re-recorded hits from their time on Motown. It's kinda weird because they aren't remixed (other than maybe Motownphilly). They are either re-produced and sound nearly exactly the same or, like On Bended Knee, it might be the actual original instrumental (which is weird without Mike spoken part). I feel that if they were going to re-record some of their classics, they should have remixed them, flipped them, sped them up, or slowed them down. Overall, the harmonies are rich and the melodies are sweet. Most of the album is about love but there's definitely variety on it. To me knowledge, the only place you can get the physical CD is at Wal-Mart. I know there are a lot of BIIM fans on this board and I encourage you all to pick up this album. I think its important that this album do well so we get more albums of original material from them and so that the industry knows we don't just want to hear watered down dance/pop R-N-B. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kReseaNaF8I