4 Essential Hip-Hop Recordings for the Rap Rookie

[tps_title]About The list[/tps_title] This is not a best of list. Some of the following albums indeed belong among and have landed on many a respected “Best Hip-Hop Albums of All Time” catalogue. But for you, whom I’m assuming to be the type who favors the Rock radio on Spotify, the type whose iTunes Top 25 Played is dominated by some project of Jack White, or the type who, upon hearing the word “hip-hop,” conjures up a mental image of an absurdly ripped man who raps while doing upside down crunches, this list is for you.  I’m approaching you as though your only exposure to hip-hop has been those that have cracked the Billboard Top 100 from the year 2000 forward. Therefore, consider this list a chance to get your feet wet, not with the best or even the most influential rap albums of all time, but the most relatable for you on your journey to being a hip-hop connoisseur.

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