Re: Hip Hop Discussion Thread
Best albums solely produced and rapped on by one person? Meaning the artist IS the producer.
That eliminates Kanye's last few albums because he didn't handle all the production(College Dropout is probably the only one that TRULY counts here due to Brion and DJ Toomp's presence on the next two). Can include guest verses.
Gotta start with Dr. Dre - The Chronic, which was a game changer. Side A(yeah that was a tape era album, LOL) is still one of the most incredible runs of songs you'll see. Introduced Snoop who would quickly be THE man in rap from that point until the murder case put a pause on things, you had a great crew of MC's from Rage to Kurupt and Daz, and RBX, and Dre sounded great on the mic on that album. His best performance by far.
I'm going to throw Pete Rock - Soul Survivor WAY up the list too. Pete did some incredible things on that album.....namely he had a TON of guest rappers, and they all fit their tracks like gloves, and it all sounded cohesive and like a "Pete Rock" album. The album flowed perfectly, despite the diversity. Pete did a competent job in his first album where he really rapped a lot, and then you just had an incredible list of rappers on that album bringing their A games....Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Ghostface, Raekwon, Prodigy, Black Thought, Common, Big Pun, OC, MC Eiht, etc.
My third is a recent one....Q-Tip - The Renaissance. It amazes me that he could make an album so good almost 20 years into his career. I was NOT expecting that album to be so dope. And he might deserve some bonus points as there weren't guest rappers. He was the rapper and the producer, so in the spirit of this question....he truly held that album down in every way possible. He did what a lot of "grown man rap" albums fail to do.....made CATCHY music that sounds fun and not angry and bitter.
That's my personal top 3.