Nas Lists His Favorite Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time

You're not going to find any new albums here, Nas' favorites are all firmly rooted in the late '80s and early '90s.
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You're not going to find any new albums here, Nas' favorites are all firmly rooted in the late '80s and early '90s.

Nas' new major cloth interview with DJ Khaled has some real gems in it - people are rightfully focused on his story about being too high to record with Biggie in the studio - but I was also fascinated by Nas listing his all-time favorite albums.

So many people pump the brakes and stutter step when asked for a list like that, understandably so. When you have the kind of influence Nas does, you don't want to leave anyone out. But I really respect that God's Son didn't hesitate at all. He just Steph Curry-style pulled up from 40 and took his shot.            

  • Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • Erik B & Rakim Paid in Full
  • KRS-One Criminal Minded
  • LL Cool J Bad
  • Kool G Rap Wanted: Dead or Alive
  • Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane
  • Ice Cube Death Certificate
  • Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  • Scarface Mr. Scarface is Back
  • A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

Nas goes on to say that he appreciates what a lot of new artists are doing - including Future, Kendrick, Cole, Drake, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper, Yo Gotti and his Mass Appeal artists - but it's great to hear him so unabashedly rep late '80s and early '90s hip-hop (and have Ice Cube sneak in there to represent for the west coast). After all, that's the hip-hop that surrounded him and inspired him to be great.

So forget all the debates and hip-hop elitism talk, that's more played out than Nascar jackets. Instead, use his list as a guide, an opportunity to learn your history and discover some great music in the process. No judgments, just dopeness. Personally, it makes me realize I need to get much more familiar with Kool G Rap's catalog - I'm on it... How about you? 

By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.