Re: Hip Hop Discussion Thread
I love Illmatic but it's such a generic choice. It's the album version of "1. Tupac 2. Biggie" in GOAT rappers lists. Everyone says it just to be taken seriously. It's a great album and about every single song is a classic, but it's also nowhere near as expanded when it comes to subject matters as Death Certificate. While Cube spends 20 tracks talking about various issues and also has his little bit of fun, Illmatic is one-dimensional because Nas just spends the 9 tracks either bragging about himself or talking about the streets (neither are exactly innovative things). Sure, I love his slang heavy style and the excellent rapping techniques, but there's more to an album than that for it to qualify as the greatest IMO.
And neither did I come up during any eras to be exact, but I do a lot of chronological listening so it puts things in perspective a bit more when I go back and listen more.