Music in general is a very subjective topic and to that point, Hip-Hop may be the most subjective form of music currently. We all have that one friend who likes an artist that no one else in the crew rocks with and he/she swears that artist is the best thing since sliced bread but overlooked. On a personal note, I’m often given shade for saying NJ’s own Joe Budden is in my Top 5 Dead or Alive but let me get back to the focus of this blog. Over the years there has always been a debate about who is the best rapper and this is a debate that will never end similar to what player will go down as the greatest player to ever play in the NBA. In 1996 a Brooklyn artist had a video that started to get airplay on BET and MTV by the name of “Dead Presidents” where he displayed a raw yet intelligent look on how a hustler’s life could be. Initially I was intrigued by the white Lexus GS 300 he drove in the video but once I took time to listen to the lyrics, I immediately became a fan and this still remains true to today.
Jay is like the epitome of the American Dream. I mean, he had to come up in a very difficult environment. And he’s, like he said himself, he’s been fighting all of his life. He has taken his talent and his creativity and gone to like… I think he’s probably done things that are pretty much unparallel. – Mariah Carey
It’s been 16 years since Jay-Z released his first album and I can say without hesitation or conviction that he is the greatest Hip-Hop artist ever, dead or alive. Now I know a lot of people would agree with me but some wouldn’t which is cool so I decided to assemble a team to review and rank all of the Jay-Z solo albums. I wanted to do some justice to the topic and make sure different regions of the country were involved, various ages, and even different genders. So on the weekly basis I intend to release the group’s album ranking in descending order but let me introduce some of my team:
Interesting Fact: Still buys CDs (occasionally) & reminisces on going to the record shop on every Tuesday to buy/window shop in the 90s.
Interesting Fact: Grew up in the capital of South, Atlanta, GA. “Forever Young, but I got an old soul” …
Interesting Fact: I’m not a biter, I’m a blogga for myself and others. #MrSoldOut #TheNQM #AllHailTheQueen
IG / Twitter: @rluna212
Interesting Fact: Ordinary guy trying to do extraordinary things!
Twitter: What’s that?
Interesting Fact: Marijuana + Cinnamon Toast Crunch = Heaven
Interesting Fact: A disciple of the Shaolin monks of the east side.
Interesting Fact: Just a regular dude from Jerz trying to decipher the Colonel’s 11 Herb & Spices that Fake RT’s Carlos Boozer slandering Coach Thibs in hope that they trade him.
Pound for pound I’m the best to come from around here, excluding nobody. Look what I embodied: The soul of a hustler, I really ran the streets. A CEO’s mind, that marketing plan was me … But the real shit you get when you bust down my lines, add that to the fact I went plat a bunch of times, times that by my influence on pop culture. I suppossed to be #1 on everybody list, let’s see what happens when I no longer exist. Fuck this man …
Below is a list of albums we intend to review, please feel free to comment the post or even hit me up on Twitter (Damurry) if you want an opportunity to join the team for future “Legends Series”
Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol. 1, In My Lifetime Vol. 2, In My Lifetime Vol. 3, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, Blueprint, Blueprint 2: The Gift & Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, Blueprint 3