Underrated Hip-Hop Albums

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  1. marsblackmon23

    marsblackmon23 Active Member

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    i tried searching for another thread like this but couldn't so hope i'm not repeating anything but just out of interest, does anybody have any hip-hop albums that they think are unfairly slept on and underrated?

    Here are some of mine-

    1) Rampage-Scouts Honor... By Way Of Blood (1997)
    Rampage (of the flipmode squad) was never a great mc to me but did enough to keep me listening and interested in a song, especially on this album. I have to admit the beats really did help this album out but there are some serious gems on here including 'Flipmode Iz Da Squad', 'Get The Money And Dip' and 'The Set Up'.


    2) Jamal-Last Chance, No Breaks (1995)
    Yes Jamal a.k.a. Mally G from the group Illegal. This album has some of the best production I have heard from Erick Sermon and Easy Mo Bee. Just straight hard basslines and dark tones with some gritty lyrics...and Jamal was only a teenager at the time. Lyrically I thought dude was pretty ill, hardly said anything amazing or new but his flow and voice made it sound so raw believable.

    3) Kam-Neva Again (1993) and Made In America (1995)
    At first I was only going to talk about Kam's second album but both are just as slept on as each other. To me these albums had that great balance of hard hitting west coast beats with some politically aware/conscious but not preachy lyrics. Almost like the bastard children of Ice Cube's 'AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted' and 'Death Certificate' (Kam would actually go on to record a harsh diss towards Cube on the track 'Whoop Whoop')

    Might add some more later.
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    Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens

    One of the best albums ever
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    Eminem - Relapse

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  4. marsblackmon23

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    yes, i play this album quite alot
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  5. BLAZE-WON

    BLAZE-WON GOD BODY

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    yes homie!
    I always get upset when they talk about how bad ramp was. Dude was decent but he made this a really dope album. Plus he knew how to pick out good beats which is half the battle alone.
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  6. marsblackmon23

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    exactly, at least there is another person on this planet besides my uncle that thinks rampage was cool and his album was ill, alot sick tracks on this album nearly all of them really, rampage just got a unfair bad rep, i did skip through his second album rather quickly though, maybe i should give it another listen
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  7. Dear Diary

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    man you can't just die off your own joke lol.

    anyways: Canibus- Rip the Jacker, Proof- Searching for Jerry Garcia
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  8. BLAZE-WON

    BLAZE-WON GOD BODY

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    Goodie mob still standing.

    I know this prolly isnt as under rated as the other but i consider this the best southern rap album. Ever.
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    mapleleaf bumpin onyx in the jag

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    rappin ron and ant diddly dog: bad-n-fluenz
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  10. marsblackmon23

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    ah man you know, still standing is dope as fuck, alot of stuff from outkast and their camp is kinda underrated including dungeon family's 'even in the darkness' and cool breeze's 'East Point's Greatest Hits'
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  11. marsblackmon23

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    wow, just looked this album up and it's too expensive for me right now but i do like buying out-of-print/rare albums so eventually i will probably give in sooner or later, some tracks are uploaded on youtube though
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    word. to me, nothing came close to this album (except maybe atliens)
    mos def one of my favs. it was so different from the rest of the south.
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  13. marsblackmon23

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    atliens is actually my favourite outkast album
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  14. BLAZE-WON

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    me too. i think it's like right there with still standing but still standing was just so weird and different to me. thats why i like it a little more.

    glad they back together...hope they can re-create that.

    atliens tho...man that was a great record too. but i can't say it's under-rated at all. people who know that album know whats up.
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  15. RegularJoe

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    Its an above average album. You're going a little far with one of the best ever. I'm not sure if it counts as an underrated album too ... I mean people who listen to rap know it's good. Like, these following albums, I think they're all "underrated" but at the same imagine most educated hip hop fans would already know and enjoy them ...

    Pharoahe Monch - Internal Affairs
    K'naan - The Dusty Foot Philosopher
    Jake One - White Van Music
    Cunninlynguists - Will Rap for Food
    Foreign Exchange - Connected
    Slum Village - Fantastic vol. 2

    ... and like 4000 more just like them. Hard to pin down a good list for a topic like this, does something classify as underrated just because the mainstream isn't up on it?
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    Twista-Adreneline rush (1997) way ***** than all his new shit
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  17. marsblackmon23

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    i know exactly what you mean and this was going through my mind when starting the thread.

    i guess what it came down to was albums that are hardly mentioned as being great but as long as you come up with your own meaning and justifications i see nothing wrong with that


    of course, i used to think that most people thought Aquemini was their best (especially after it got 5 mics in the source) but more and more recently seem to mention atliens as their favourite
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  18. mapleleaf

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    yea this shit is hella rare. u can find a dl link for it online if you look hard enough... i have it on a disc somewhere i can rip the cd and send you the files if you cant find it online
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    kool g rap roots of evil.. classic, underrated, slept on..thug luv story ch.1,2,3.. shits 9 minutes long. 3 songs in one. Listening to that song is like watching a movie. Probably the best concept/story song Ever. Almost every song on that album is a sick ass story being told.The most consistent emcee. probably has influenced more rappers on east coast ( nas, big l, big pun, etc..) than anyone. Been killing shit lyrically since 1987 to now..
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    J-Zone - A Job Ain't Nuthin But Work

    I don't know if its underrated or not, but I never hear anyone talk about it and I really like it so... to me it's underrated.
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