- Atrocity Exhibition
95
an incredible experimental hip hop experience. a versatile album, it can go from melancholy and wallowing on tracks like "downward spiral" to frantic and dramatic like on "ain't it funny" and "when it rain". danny brown's laments to drug use and alcohol abuse are poignant, his struggle clear and vivid through his great lyricism throughout the album. posse cut "really doe" contains some of the best features i've ever heard, with earl's verse at the end ... read more
 - The College Dropout
95
BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME TOURNAMENT: ROUND 6
COLLEGE DROPOUT VS MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS
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ye's incredible debut still holds up nearly 20 years later with his great beats and infectious personality. it's incredible that kanye completely self produced this album, i would go as far as saying every beat on this album is brilliant. when you couple that perfect production with early kanye's witty and relatable lyricism, it's impossible to go wrong. the features are good, with ... read more
 - Midnight Marauders
85
more streamlined and consistent than people’s instinctive travels, but lacks the kick that makes the low end theory so timeless. the classic boom bap production is generally good, but it’s difficult not to compare this album to the superior low end theory. it’s a staple in their discography for sure, but i think it’s lacking that special something to push it up high in my eyes. at times, it does feel like they slightly phoned it in for certain tracks, but i guess if the ... read more
 - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
80
BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME TOURNAMENT: ROUND 5
MM... FOOD VS PEOPLE'S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS
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tribe's debut album is a great showcase of the things that they would go on to perfect throughout their career. the production is pretty good, the lyricism and flows, while slightly clunky at times are generally good, and the vibes are most definitely there. being a debut, it does sound slightly amateurish at times but it does slightly add to the the charm a bit, as do the ... read more
 - MM.. FOOD
90
BEST RAP ALBUM TOURNAMENT ROUND 5:
MM… FOOD VS PEOPLE’S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS
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another DOOM classic, but this time with better production and more puns! the thing that’s immediately noticeable about this album is the incredible production, with soulful and jazzy instrumentals like on “one beer” and the iconic guitar line on “rapp snitch knishes”. DOOM’s wit remains strong on this album (“to all rappers: shut ... read more
 - Ready to Die
55
BEST RAP ALBUM TOURNAMENT: ROUND 4
OPERATION DOOMSDAY VS READY TO DIE
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i think this album epitomises a lot of the issues i have with hip hop of this era. the instrumentals are usually great, but don’t have enough variation to stay fresh throughout the runtime and have a tendency to get boring. the best rappers of this time (gza, q tip, raekwon) vary their flow and vocal style perfectly to counter this issue, and while biggie does this occasionally on tracks ... read more
 - Operation: Doomsday
90
THE BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME TOURNAMENT: ROUND 4
OPERATION DOOMSDAY VS READY TO DIE
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DOOM’s brilliant debut showcases all of the best facets of his work: sharp wit and lyricism, pleasing production and incredible storytelling and his ability to carry a theme throughout an entire album. given that this was his first solo album, the fact that there are a couple skips is excusable and when this album hits, it’s peak hip hop. even the interludes are ... read more

 - SATURATION III
85
BEST RAP ALBUM TOURNAMENT ROUND 3:
SATURATION III VS 36 Chambers
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with saturation iii being my first brockhampton album, i wasn’t really sure what to expect when listening to this. i loved the production throughout, with the first half of “sister/nation” being a real highlight. i did find the album to be slightly disjointed at times, what with there being multiple small verses from different people on each song, and i also wasn’t a huge fan ... read more
 - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
90
BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME TOURNAMENT: ROUND 3
36 Chambers VS SATURATION III
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the lyricism and flows are undeniably incredible, and i adore gza, raekwon, rza and ghostface every time they appear, but i think occasionally some of the members of the clan aren’t talented enough to keep the listener interested on the looped instrumentals. i love rza’s production, but it could really use a little more variation on individual songs. for it’s time, this ... read more
 - Liquid Swords
95
BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME TOURNAMENT: ROUND 2
IGOR VS LIQUID SWORDS
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very sad to see this great album go out so early. the production from RZA is pure class, the soundscapes he creates melding so perfectly with GZA's outstanding storytelling. simply, the vibes are there on this album. "duel of the iron mic" and "cold world" showcase GZA at his lyrical best with malleable flows and perfect line delivery. not a single skip on this album.
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 - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
95
BEST RAP ALBUM TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
we got it from here... VS 4eva is a mighty long time
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tribe come back with another classic! their signature silky smooth sound has been adapted and renewed for a more contemporary audience, but still retains the spirit and core sound that makes tribe so good. great features, impeccable production and great verses and lyricism all round. rip phyfe.
WINNER OF ROUND 1
 - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
80
BEST RAP ALBUM TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
4eva is a mighty long time VS we got it from here…
honestly, if this album was half an hour shorter it could have been incredible. however, the songs just sound too similar and the way they bleed into each other makes this album a slog at times, and does not justify its runtime. that being said, there are a lot of highs, and i definitely prefer the first side of the album by a long way. dissapointing, because if a couple average tracks like “miss ... read more
 - Melt My Eyez, See Your Future
85
denzel has a proper classic in him I believe
 - RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART
65
new vince is mid unfortunately
 - EARL
90
back to the crib for some tea and crumpets shiiiii
 - Magic
65
new vince is mid 😢😢😢😢
 - Angelic 7
90
an overlooked masterpiece fr
autotune trash but it is so disgustingly catchy that i can't help but give it an overly positive review
one of the most exciting new gen talents
 - SICK!
80
gonna need a couple of relistens on this, so the score is likely to change, but heavily enjoyed most of the tracks on first listen.
 - Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World
55
i mean… it’s alright
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