Originally Posted by HeatWave
When you guys say [insert album here] is the new Illmatic, do you mean best album of that artist's catalog? Up there with best album of all time? Most influential album of a certain time period/region/genre? Best debut? What?
There's too many avenues imo just to call something or compare it to Illmatic without explanation because without it, I don't think a person can give the right argument agreeing or disagreeing
Thing is, it's not even Kendrick's debut album.
And really, it's not even possible to have a debut like Nas did anymore, because all these guys release a bunch of mixtapes before their first album comes out.
It's just such a dumb discussion on every level. I'm blown away at how dependent the newer generation of rap fans are on the older shit, always trying to compare EVERY rapper and album to some old shit.
Just listen to your shit from your generation and enjoy it for what it is and create your own memories and classics and standards, gotdamn.