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10…. Ice Cube….“Death Certificate” ….released October 29, 1991 (Priority Records)
The Album cover alone is Gangsta. A toe tag with good ol’ Uncle Sam’s name on it..F*** Yea!!
Death Certificate is Ice Cubes second studio album. Ice Cube fans were on stand by with major anticipation for this album, we are talking over 1 million pre-ordered albums. Can you say PLATINUM….No need to talk numbers, numbers are boring, I have made my point.
This album was a staple of 1991 to anyone who listen to Gangster Rap. The song “No Vaseline” are you kidding me, need I say more. LOVE IT. The only reason this album is #10 in my opinion is….well check out the other 9. WE ARE ABOUT TO GET GANGSTA.. I am sure that Ice Cube will be in the remaining 9 in one way or another.
9…. Makaveli “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory“….released May 26, 2006 (Deathrow Records)
This is 2pac’s (Tupac Shakur) fifth and final studio album using the stage name Makaveli. This album was finished before his death & was fully completed in only seven days during the month of August in 1996. The lyrics were written and recorded in only three days and another 4 days for mixing. These are among the last songs 2pac recorded before his death on September 7, 1996. Personally as an album #10 “Death Certificate” is better but the fact and irony of the whole death & Makaveli thing, come on that is pretty damn gangster which earns it an additional spot….Agreed?…Don’t care
8….8ball & MJG….”On Top of the World”….released November 1, 1995 (Suave House Records)
This is one of those albums that I was turned onto when living in Atlanta, Georgia from some of my boys from Mississippi and has been one of my favorite albums ever since.
8Ball & MJG are a duo from Memphis, Tennessee and this is their fifth studio album.The two rappers Premro “8Ball” Smith (born 1972) and Marlon James “MJG” Goodman (born 1971) met at Ridgeway Middle School in 1980.
On Top of the World was particularly successful, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 200 and being certified Gold. It includes the song “Space Age Pimpin'”, 8Ball & MJG’s first single to chart, reaching #58 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart and #22 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
View Album Space Age Pimpin’ – 8Ball & MJG
7….Bone Thugs-N-Harmony….”Creepin on ah come up”….released June 1994 (Ruthless Records)
Not to bad for a debut album. This Hip Hop group formed in 1991 out of Cleveland Ohio is straight up with out a doubt the best harmonizing group to ever walk this planet. Bone Thugs originally consisted of Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Wish Bone. Rapper Eazy-E of the group N.W.A signed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in 1993. Reaching #12 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Bone’s Thugs-N-Harmony’s style can only be described as melodic, yet fast and without holding back. Their flow and transitions from one member of the group to the next are parallel to no-one in the industry….They don’t get old and to date there are not to many artist that can even compare to their style.
View Album Creepin on Ah Come Up – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
6….Wu Tang Clan….”Enter the Wu Tang 36 Chambers” ….released November 8, 1993 (BMG Entertainment)
The Wu-Tang Clan was founded and put together in 1992 by cousins Robert Diggs, Gary Grice & Russell Tyrone Jones (RZA, GZA, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard R.I.P.) releasing their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers. This album in 1993 turned out to be critically acclaimed and to date is thought of as one of the greatest rap albums of all time. The success of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers established the group as a creative force in the 1990s, allowing Ol’ Dirty Bastard, GZA, RZA, Raekwon, U-God, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah to negotiate solo contracts.
RZA spoke on the Wu-Tang Clan’s unorthodox business model: We reinvented the way hip hop was structured, and what I mean is, you have a group signed to a label, yet the infrastructure of our deal was like anyone else’s. We still could negotiate with any label we wanted, like Meth went with Def Jam, Rae stayed with Loud, Ghost went with Sony, GZA went with Geffen Records, feel me? And all these labels still put “Razor Sharp Records” on the credits Wu Tang was a financial movement. So what do you wanna diversify…? Your assets?—RZA
5….Snoop Dogg….”Doggystyle”….released November 23, 1993 (Death Row Records)
It was the first hardcore video ever listed on the Billboard music video sales chart. Because of its huge success, it started a trend where rappers are put into the mainstream of the porn industry by hosting X-rated movies. Many films of the genre followed, starring Mystikal, Too Short, Ice-T and Yukmouth. It also allowed Hustler to expand its boundaries by launching new subsidiaries for their recently formed fashion line and CD label. The scenes were shot at Snoop Dogg’s house in Claremont, California.
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View Album Doggystyle – Snoop Dogg
Infoumous is Mobb Deep’s second studio album. With guest appearances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip, and close Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. Infamous took Mobb Deep from an unknown rap duo to definetely being an the map.
It debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200, and number three on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album produced three main singles, which all achieved varying degrees of chart success, with “Shook Ones Pt. II” being the most successful. On June 26, 1995, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America
The album’s has a spooky and haunting sound if you will, with insane melodies, rough beats, and lyrics talking about the tough New York street, The Infamous album is widely credited as a major contributor to the East Coast rap movement. Furthermore, the album is credited with helping to redefine the sound OG Gangster Rap, using its production style, which incorporated eerie piano loops, distorted synthesizers, eighth-note hi-hats, and sparse bass lines.
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View Album The Infamous – Mobb Deep
Dr Dre is getting 2 albums in this number 3 spot and well he earned it and now technically makes this list a top 11, but hey deal with it..
This is Dr Dre’s solo debut album. It was recorded by Dr. Dre after leaving the group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records due to issues over $$.
When released The Chronic got positive reviews (how could it not) The album reached number three on the Billboard 200 and over 3 million copies were sold which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. The Chronic is regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 90s and regarded by many fans and peers to be the most well-produced hip hop album of all time. In 2003 Rolling Stone ranked this album number 137 out of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Can’t argue with that now can you…
View Album The Chronic – Dr. Dre
Dr Dre….”The Chronic 2001″ ….released November 16, 1999 (Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records)
This is Dr Dre’s second studio album. Numbers top 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, in the first week 516,000 copies were sold. It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified sex-tuple platinum in sales by the RIAA after sales of six million copies in the United States. Despite mixed criticism toward its gangster-themed lyrics, 2001 received generally positive reviews from most music critics. The album has been credited by music writers with revitalizing the West Coast hip hop scene after years of obscurity, while showing that Dr. Dre could remain prominent with a new generation of listeners.
View Album 2001 – Dr. Dre
2….Eazy-E….”Eazy Duz It”….released September 18, 1988
OK as far as I am concerned number 1 & 2 could go either way. This album at one point in my life was on steady rotation in my tape player yea I said tape player…. Playa! Another Debut album that is a classic and always will be. I don’t ever see any albums coming along and stealing the Iconizm they have earned.
This album was written for the most part by MC Ren, Ice Cube, and The D.O.C.. There is Ice Cube again, Told Ya. Eazy E rapping about the things that he does. “Boyz n the Hood” and “No More ?’s” are about the/his lifestyle as a gangster growing up and living in Compton, California
Despite next to no radio play the album charted on two different charts and went double platinum in the US. Three singles were released from the album, all reaching the charts in the US.
View Album Eazy-Duz-It – Eazy-E
Again, Like I said this album and Easy E’s “Eazy does it” are 2 of the most influential and Best Gangster Rap of all time and always..I mean they will always be that way. And again Ice Cube makes the list. Also might I add that 6 of the 10 artist that made this list are WEST COAST, not to get territorial but WESTSIDE!!!!
Straight Outta Compton redefined the direction of hip hop, which resulted in lyricism concerning the gangster lifestyle becoming the driving force in sales figures. It also helped to shift the power to the West Coast from the East Coast, which had enjoyed a period of prominence in hip hop for most of the 1980s.
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View Album Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.
Almost and Damn well could have made the list……
13….Spice 1….”Amerikkka”s Nightmare
12….DMX….”Flesh of my Flesh Blood of my Blood”