Agree with that.
The word 'classic' is so misused and tossed around like a joke nowadays. I've heard people call Get Rich or Die Tryin' a classic, lol. And also T.I. albums. Can't be serious.
And there are so many debuts better than F&L, I don't know where to start. Just from the 80s I can name plenty.
Long Live the Kane, Road to the Riches, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Strictly Business, Run DMC, No One Can Do It Better, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, Eazy-Duz-It, Criminal Minded, 3 Feet High and Rising are some that come to mind. And same story with the 90s with albums such as Mr. Scarface is Back, The Devil Made Me Do It, One for All, Take a Look Around, Breaking Atoms, Quik is the Name, Whut? Thee Album and so on.
Yeah, I had most of those in mind when I said that he had barely named any of the 80's-early 90's debuts that were better. I'd add stuff like Black Moon - Enta Da Stage, Smif N Wessun - Da Shinin', LL Cool J - Radio, Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive...., Warren G - Regulate...G Funk Era, AZ - Doe or Die, Outkast - Southernplayalistic, Pete Rock and CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother or the EP if that's counted as their debut....both were better than F&L, Digable Planets debut, Keith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, OC -Word....Life, Showbiz and AG - Runaway Slave, Slum Village - Fantastic, Biz Markie - Nobody Beats the Biz, Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef - The Carnival, Little Brother - The Listening.
Most of those aren't even arguable, IMO. You have to remember, back then rappers didn't shoot their load by putting out a bunch of mixtapes/albums that were better than their official "debut", and they also didn't have their debuts ruined by it being leaked onto the internet, forcing the album to be reworked like Lupe did. I think a lot of debuts were better then because they had all their best rhymes/beats saved up for that first album, and they hadn't already used/wasted them on free mixtapes. You could also get away with more as far as sampling back then, so production was often better.